May 20, 2022

New Preprint: “Standardising and Harmonising Research Data Policy in Scholarly Publishing”

The following paper (preprint) written by was recently shared on bioRxiv.


Standardising and Harmonising Research Data Policy in Scholarly Publishing


Iain Hrynaszkiewicz
Head of Data Publishing, Springer Nature

Aliaksandr Birukou
Senior Editor, Computer Science, Springer-Verlag

Mathias Astell
Marketing Manager, Nature Research

Sowmya Swaminathan
Nature Research

Amye Kenall
Global Head of Life Sciences, Springer Nature

Varsha Khodiyar
Data Curation Editor, Scientific Data


via bioRxiv
April 4, 2017


To address the complexities researchers face during publication, and the potential community-wide benefits of wider adoption of clear data policies, the publisher Springer Nature has developed a standardised, common framework for the research data policies of all its journals. An expert working group was convened to audit and identify common features of research data policies of the journals published by Springer Nature, where policies were present. The group then consulted with approximately 30 editors, covering all research disciplines, within the organisation. The group also consulted with academic editors and librarians and funders, which informed development of the framework and the creation of supporting resources. Four types of data policy were defined in recognition that some journals and research communities are more ready than others to adopt strong data policies. As of January 2017 more than 700 journals have adopted a standard policy and this number is growing weekly. To potentially enable standardisation and harmonisation of data policy across funders, institutions, repositories, societies and other publishers the policy framework was made available under a Creative Commons license. However, the framework requires wider debate with these stakeholders and an Interest Group within the Research Data Alliance (RDA) has been formed to initiate this process.

[Our emphasis] This paper was presented at the 12th International Digital Curation Conference, Edinburgh, UK on 22 February 2017 and will be submitted to International Journal of Digital Curation.

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