January 28, 2022

Research Article: “Data Journals: A Survey”

The following full-text article was recently published online (Early View) and will appear in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). We’ve included a link to a pre-print version below.


Data Journals: A Survey


Leonardo Candela
Italian National Research Council

Donatella Castelli
Italian National Research Council

Paolo Manghi
Italian National Research Council

Alice Tani
Italian National Research Council


Preprint Version linked below via ResearchGate


Data occupy a key role in our information society. However, although the amount of published data continues to grow and terms like “data deluge” and “big data” today characterize numerous (research) initiatives, a lot of work is still needed in the direction of publishing data in order to make them effectively discoverable, available, and reusable by others. Several barriers hinder data publishing, from lack of attribution and rewards, vague citation practices, quality issues, to a rather general lack of data sharing culture. Lately, data journals came forward as a solution to overcome some of these barriers. In this study of more than 100 currently existing data journals, we describe the approaches they promote for datasets description, availability, citation, quality and open access. We close by identifying ways to expand and strengthen the data journals approach as a means to actually promote datasets access and exploitation.

Direct to Full Text Article (20 pages; PDF; Preprint Version)

Note: The full text preprint is also available on the FigShare website.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.