May 17, 2022

Springer Nature is Introducing a Standardized Set of Research Data Sharing Policies

From a Post on the Biomed Central Blog by Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Head of Data Publishing at Springer Nature:

We want to enable our authors to publish the best research and maximize the benefit of research funding, which includes achieving good practice in the sharing and archiving of research data. We also aim to facilitate authors’ compliance with institution and research funder requirements to share data.

To help accomplish these goals we are introducing a set of standardized research data policies that can be easily adopted by journals and understood by authors.


These new policies and services aim to:

  • improve author service and experience by standardizing research data policies and procedures between journals where appropriate
  • improve reader service by providing more consistent links between publications and data
  • improve editor and peer reviewer service by providing more consistent guidelines and support for research data policies, and increased visibility of data in the peer-review process
  • encourage publication of more open and reproducible research
  • increase growth and innovation in research data sharing
  • provide a dedicated Research Data Support helpdesk for Springer Nature authors and editors


All our research data policy types support data citation – the formal referencing of public datasets in reference lists – in recognition of the growing importance of robustly linking data to publications.


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