Rationale for Data
One of the current hot topics in science is data: how can data sets be used in scientific and scholarly research in a more reliable, citable and accountable way? Data is of paramount importance to scientific progress, yet most research data remains private. Enhancing the transparency of the processes applied to collect, treat and analyze data will help to render scientific research results reproducible and thus more accountable. The data sets itself should also be accessible to other researchers, so that research publications, data set descriptions, and the actual data sets can be linked. The journal Data provides a forum to publish methodical papers on processes applied to data collection, treatment and analysis, as well as for data set papers publishing descriptions of a linked data set.
Data (ISSN 2306-5729) is a unique international, scientific open access journal on ʻdata in scienceʼ. It provides a forum for data scientists as well as a for scientists working with data. The journal is published in two sections:
Methods: the Methods section publishes research articles, review papers and technical notes on methods for collecting, processing (treating), managing, storing and analyzing scientific and scholarly data. Related source code, if available, can be deposited as supplementary material.
Data sets: the Data sets section publishes descriptions of scientific and scholarly data sets (one data set per paper). Described data sets need to be publicly deposited prior to publication, preferably under an open license, thus allowing others to re-use the data set. Small data sets might also be published as supplementary material to the data set paper in the journal Data. The link to the publicly hosted version of the data set must be given in the paper. Data set papers therefore provide easy citability, traceability and accountability of data sets used in scientific research. Research articles published elsewhere based on the data can link back to the data set paper via a standard reference and DOI number. The data set papers are published under a CC BY license, thus allowing the reuse of the data description in other research papers without copyright infringement.
- description of data and the methodologies used in the collection and treating of scholarly or scientific research data and experimental data
Data in applications:
- data in natural sciences
- data in healthcare and medicine
- data in finance, business and economics
- research data, experimental data
- data collection and data acquisition
- data processing
- data analysis
- data maintenance and data integrity
- data curation
- data management systems
- data compression
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