Scientific integrity is strengthened when sharing research information, and the inclusion of a data availability statement (DAS) ensures how data can be made available to third-party researchers. DAS encourages the use of information and facilitates further research.

Mandatory data availability statements consolidate information on the availability of data associated with the manuscript, whether data are in repositories, available on request, included with supplementary information or figure source data files.

This policy requires all JVE International journals to adopt a research data policy which requires data availability statements. This policy does not introduce any data sharing mandates but simply aims to make the availability of the data transparent.