January 22, 2022

More Than 600 Springer Nature Journals Adopt New Data Sharing Policies

From Springer Nature:

More than 600 journals across Nature Research, Springer, BioMed Central and Palgrave Macmillan have committed to encouraging good practice in the sharing, archiving and citation of research data by adopting new Springer Nature research data policies.

The text of the policies has today been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license so that they can be re-used by the wider research community.

These easy-to-understand policies encourage the publication of more open and reproducible research, and aim to increase growth and innovation in research and data sharing. They improve services for authors, editors and peer reviewers by standardising policies and procedures, providing more consistent links between publications and data, guidelines and support. In addition, a dedicated Research Data Support helpdesk for Springer Nature authors and editors has been created.


The policy types include:

  • Type 1: Data sharing and data citation is encouraged
  • Type 2: Data sharing and evidence of data sharing is encouraged
  • Type 3: Data sharing encouraged and statements of data availability required
  • Type 4: Data sharing, evidence of data sharing and peer review of data required

All types of policy support citation of research data – helping researchers gain credit for data sharing – in article reference lists, and support the deposition of research data in trusted research data repositories.

For example, Computer Science title Brain Informatics has adopted a Type 1 policy and Transition Metal Chemistry has adopted a Type 2 policy. All of the Nature -branded journals, BioMed Central journals and Palgrave Communications support type 3 policies. Journals with the strictest open data policies such as Scientific Data and Genome Biology support the requirements of the Type 4 policy.


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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.