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PLOS' New Data Policy

PLOS has just announced a new Data Policy, which will be relevant to UQ researchers who publish with PLOS.

As of March 3rd, 2014,

"authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article."

Authors who submit to PLOS will be required to provide a Data Availability Statement describing how others can access the datasets that underpin the findings. The Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of the article.

You can read the full PLOS Data Policy here.

Data must be deposited in a data repository, have DOI's, and be in an appropriate format for access and reuse. There are only limited exceptions to the requirement for publicly available data.

The UQ Library has detailed information in our Research Data Management Guide on how to manage your research data, formats suitable for retention and reuse, and appropriate data repositories for different disciplines including UQ eSpace.

Library Trial of Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index

The Library currently has the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index on trial, to provide access to research datasets for UQ staff and researchers. This new index connects researchers to quality data and data sets, across a range of disciplines, from around the world by providing links to data repositories. This makes data more discoverable and accessible by UQ researchers, and can potentially 'speed up the research process'.


Data Citation Index fully indexes a significant number of the world's leading data repositories of critical interest to the research community, including over two million data studies and datasets. The records for the datasets, which include authors, institutions, keywords, citations and other metadata, are connected to related peer-reviewed literature indexed in the Web of KnowledgeSM. Watch the video to find out more.


The purpose of the trial is to evaluate the Index and we are seeking feedback from researchers around UQ on the Data Citation Index. We encourage you to explore this new tool and send your feedback to data@library.uq.edu.au