The new data policy issued by PLoS recently has generated a lot of discussion amongst researchers. As a result, PLoS has issued a clarification of the new policy.
Two key things to summarize about the policy are:
- The policy does not aim to say anything new about what data types, forms and amounts should be shared.
- The policy does aim to make transparent where the data can be found, and says that it shouldn't be just on the authors' own hard drive.
A full clarification and correction is available from the PLoS blog.
If you are looking for a suitable place to store your research data to meet the PLoS requirements, UQ Library has a Data Management Guide which provides details on a wide range of data repositories, including discipline specific repositories, for storing research data.
UQ Researchers can publish open access articles at no cost in Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journals due to an extension of the 2013 Gold for Gold program. The Gold for Gold initiative provides all RSC Gold subscribers with voucher codes to make papers available via OA, free of charge. As UQ Library subscribes to RSC's Gold package, researchers will have the opportunity to publish Open Access free of charge using these voucher codes for the next three years in any RSC journal.
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.
Wiley have revised their policy to allow authors publishing in their journals to deposit the accepted version of their article in personal, subject, or institutional repositories 12 months or 24 month (Social Sciences and Humanities) after online publication, regardless of funding source or institution. Terms of the policy:
i) Authors may self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of
their paper on their own personal website, in their company/institutional
repository or archive, and in not for profit subject-based repositories. Any
self-archiving must be done after the relevant embargo period by the author, or
by their institutional librarian.
iii) The deposited version must link to the final article on Wiley Online Library. It should not be updated or replaced by the final article.
Contact the UQ Library Open Access service for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional is pleased to launch awards data for the NHMRC (Australia)
from 2007 to 2012. All this data will be available to Australian Research
Professional subscribers from Monday 17th February 2014. The full data set
includes 7,796 records. This enables universities to search for previous
winners from their own institution as well as their peers in order to help make
an informed decision about whether they should or should not apply for a grant.
It also enables researchers to connect with other successful academics within
your institution in a mentor capacity. For more help and instructions on how
to navigate the Awards data go to:
Watch an inspiring video which provides evidence on the power of Open Access research created by PLOS. The examples illustrate how the reuse of Open Access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society. Open Access advocates from publishing, academia and industry and features finalists, winners and sponsors from the Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP) give their comments throughout the video.
Ecological Applications, published by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), now requires authors to make their data publicly available. Before publication of a manuscript authors must deposit any data they discuss in their results in a permanent, publicly accessible data archive or repository.
You can read more information on this new data policy here.
Ecological Applications see's the need for access to data as being important for:
- Replication (where field studies may not be able to be easily or cost effectively replicated)
- Transparency (where results may underpin or be relied on for broader policy initiatives)
- Re-use (improves the ability to build large datasets for ecololgists)
ESA joins the growing number of journals that request that research data be deposited as part of the publication process. For more information on managing your research data, or selecting suitable data repositories go to the Library's Research Data website.
As the quantity of research data and ouput grows each year, it is increasingly important that the data is effectively managed and stored. Without appropriate data management practices research findings may be questioned or in the worst cases papers retracted. Good data management can ensure your research is verifiable and that the data is retained for the long term.
Here is a summary of the top 5 reasons to protect your research data.
- the huge quantity of research data is growing rapidly
- data is not being managed effectively and valuable research data is being lost
- significant amounts of research cannot be verified due to lost data
- increasing number of retractions due to poor data management practice
- key funding agencies now require data management and data sharing policies
Scientific Data is a new open-access, online-only publication by Nature for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets. It introduces a new type of content called the Data Descriptor, which will combine traditional narrative content with curated, structured descriptions of research data, including detailed methods and technical analyses supporting data quality. Scientific Data is currently calling for submissions, and will launch in May 2014. It is open to submissions from a broad range of scientific disciplines, but initially will focus on datasets from the life, biomedical and environmental science communities.
Scientific Data is one of a growing number of "data journals" whose primary purpose is to promote datasets to the wider academic community. Scientific Data will be included in PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science and other major indexing services. Publishing in a data journal is an excellent complement to having your data described in a repository like UQ eSpace.
Some of the other data journals already available via the UQ Library include:
From January 1, 2014 seven established Elsevier journals, including Physics Letters B, Nuclear Physics B, Stem Cell Research, The International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Epidemics and EJC Supplements were transitioned from a subscription to an Open Access gold model. The journals will retain the same editorial standards. Elsevier is one of the participating publishers in the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) which also commenced this year. Details about SCOAP3 are available from: http://scoap3.org/what-is-scoap3