Have you put a great deal of work into developing a data set as part of your research? Consider publishing it as a separate data paper for more citations! Data have been recognized as first-class research outputs in the sciences. Data publication facilitates the sharing of data in a standardized framework that provides value, impact, and recognition for authors and provides much more thorough context and description to support data reuse.
According to a 2011 paper by Chavan & Peney in BMC Bioinformatics, “a data paper is a journal publication whose primary purpose is to describe data, rather than to report a research investigation. As such, it contains facts about data, not hypotheses and arguments in support of those hypotheses based on data, as found in a conventional research article. Its purposes are threefold: to provide a citable journal publication that brings scholarly credit to data publishers; to describe the data in a structured human-readable form; and to bring the existence of the data to the attention of the scholarly community” (3).
The benefits of data publication
There are a variety of journals that publish data papers. Most data journals publish data papers that describe specific data sets. Some journals are dedicated to publishing only data papers and articles on topics related to data management and use. Others include data papers along with other articles types, such as research articles and reviews. Below is a list of journals that publish data papers:
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