Increasing transparency of results
In order to add transparency and increase reproducibility of scientific results, it is important for researchers to identify, discover and use research data which underpins academic and scientific articles. At Elsevier, we support researchers to store, share, discover, and use research data. Our Data Profile is a new feature which will enable authors to provide a structured summary of the data that has been used in the article and its availability.
What is Data Profile?
The Data Profile is an author-provided, structured summary of the research data presented in an article. It includes brief descriptions of the data and details about how, if and where the data is available. When provided by the author it will also include direct links to individual data sets. The Data Profile will be displayed next to the online article on ScienceDirect.
To encourage transparency, we encourage all authors in participating journals to state the availability of their data by using the Data Profile tool. Authors are also able to indicate if data is not available to access or appropriate to post for any reason within the authoring tool.
How does it work?
- Authors create the Data Profile by visiting the Online Authoring Tool
- Here authors can create their Data Profile by clicking on the “Create Data Profile” button and enter the requested details, such as, the data set name, description, file type and, if available, where the data is stored
- At the end of the process, the author saves the Data Profile to file (automatically in “Downloads” folder) and can attach the Data Profile during the article submission process.
What are the benefits?
- Promotes data sharing: the Data Profile provides clear details on what data are connected to each article and ‘one-click’ access to the data if available. This way authors can easily share research data through, for instance, a data repository, other web link or even make it directly downloadable
- Increases discoverability: The Data Profile appears alongside the published article, increasing the discoverability of articles and datasets. This in turn may lead to more downloads, citations and potentially new collaboration opportunities for authors.
- Promotes transparency and reproducibility: By encouraging authors to describe the data used for their articles, the Data Profile promotes transparency to scientific findings and enables other researchers to verify published results.
Currently we are piloting the Data Profile on a voluntary basis for four journals:
- Biological Conservation
- Ecological Indicators
- ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation.
The Data Profile Authoring Tool is available at http://elsevier-apps.sciverse.com/GadgetDPWeb/DataProfile. We welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.