May 29, 2022

A New OA Publication From Nature Publishing Group: “Scientific Data” Launches with First Data Descriptors

From NPG:

Open access publication Scientific Data has launched online today, publishing its first eight Data Descriptors across fields including neuroscience, ecology and epidemiology. Scientific Data is the latest open research initiative from Nature Publishing Group.

Data Descriptors, Scientific Data’s article type, are peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets, designed to maximize reuse and enable searching, linking and data mining.

Sam Burridge, Managing Director Open Research Nature Publishing Group said: “The content we’re publishing today ranges from the Data Descriptor for a citizen science project chronicling global reef fish communities, to a descriptor for the most comprehensive database of confirmed human dengue infection to date. It is our hope Scientific Data will enable academics to make their research data more discoverable, reusable, citable and reproducible.”

Scientific Data gives credit, through a citable publication, for sharing research data in a way that enables reuse, discoverability and understanding of the dataset. Data Descriptors are accessible and searchable via the Scientific Data online platform, under a Creative Commons license. The data files are stored in one or more public, community-recognized data storage systems. Where a community recognized repository does not exist, Scientific Data supports the deposit of the data into a more general repository such as Dryad and figshare. All Data Descriptors are open access and free to access at point of publication.

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See Also: We first posted about Scientific Data on April 5, 2013: “Nature Publishing Group To Launch ‘Scientific Data’, Will Publish Detailed, Peer-Reviewed Descriptions of Datasets

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