User:Nic Weber/Notebook/DataOne Data Sharing and Citation Policy

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Project Description

In this project I will be investigating data management policies for the existence (or absence of) requirements for researchers sharing and citing data. This will be accomplished in two phases. In phase I, I will collect data management policies from a number of journals, repositories and funding sources in order to quantitatively assess data sharing and citation requirements. In phase II, I will be trying to determine the impact of the policies based on correlations with Sarah and Valerie's data.

My Specific research questions include

  1. What are the data sharing and citation policies applicable to authors, from funders, journals, and repositories?
  2. How do these policies differ by discipline, journal, data type, data source?
  3. How has the spectrum of applicable policies changed over time? (Need more thought on how to track this)
  4. How do the applicable policies correlate with data sharing behavior
  5. How do the applicable policies correlate with citing data

Preliminary work

Funders: Search a sampling of articles in the most recent publication for each Dryad Partner journal for funding acknowledgments

Journals Sampled

  • American Society of Naturalists
  • European Society for Evolutionary Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
  • Society of Systematic Biologists

I sampled four articles per journal for funding sources...This is the sample that I conducted, and decided there was enough to pursue funders as a datapoint (

Repositories and Journals: Locate data sharing and data reuse/citation policies for the journals and common data repositories of these domains.

(Prelim work here: )


  • Quick thoughts after morning chat with an IR manager:

Running into a problem with my knowledge base in sharing and reuse policy. With background in data curartion and knowledge of preservation policies, I was assuming too much about what data management and access policies actually state and what provisions they included. I need to better understand development of Sharing and Reuse in policy (past present and future trends). I’m hoping this gives me a better basis to judge these components (and the larger data management plans) and understand what is unique or valuable about those plans. Also running into a large difference in my knowledge base of policy at institutional repositories vs. domain specific repositories. Very different beasts from what I’ve discovered so far

  • Other resources: EDINA has a pretty comprehensive white paper on citing geospatial data. Also, a tool for generating a citation of geospatial data. Very helpful for uptake.

Some sample sharing policies:



UK Data Archive :

OpenDoar Data Reuse : Good tool on creating policy, but doesn’t include "data" re-use in a clear enough manor…

Data / Stats to collect from Journals: Publication Rate – Impact factor Some metric about acceptance rate Peer Review Open Access / Paywall Society Affiliation Format (e-journal print or both) Where Indexed (not sure if this is important)

(More suggestions needed)

Project Proper

I began by gathering metadata about the Journals, Repositories and Funders


Gathering the associated policies of sharing and reuse

  • Quick thought: it's interesting in the early stages to see the number of journals that require deposit of phylogenetic data in TreeBASE for publication. Although there doesn't seem to be funding mandates for this data, deposit in TreeBASE is widely supported.