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Mandates and the Contributions of Open Genomic Data

School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, 755 W. Michigan St, UL 3100B, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
Publications 2013, 1(3), 99-112;
Received: 18 August 2013 / Revised: 30 September 2013 / Accepted: 1 October 2013 / Published: 14 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open Access - A Review after 10 Years)
This research attempts to seek changing patterns of raw data availability and their correlations with implementations of open mandate policies. With a list of 13,785 journal articles whose authors archived datasets in a popular biomedical data repository after these articles were published in journals, this research uses regression analysis to test the correlations between data contributions and mandate implementations. It finds that both funder-based and publisher-based mandates have a strong impact on scholars’ likelihood to contribute to open data repositories. Evidence also suggests that like policies have changed the habit of authors in selecting publishing venues: open access journals have been apparently preferred by those authors whose projects are sponsored by the federal government agencies, and these journals are also highly ranked in the biomedical fields. Various stakeholders, particularly institutional administrators and open access professionals, may find the findings of this research helpful for adjusting data management policies to increase the number of quality free datasets and enhance data usability. The data-sharing example in biomedical studies provides a good case to show the importance of policy-making in the reshaping of scholarly communication. View Full-Text
Keywords: open data contributions; policy implementations; funder-level mandates; journal-level mandates open data contributions; policy implementations; funder-level mandates; journal-level mandates
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