Accelerate the pace of discovery with open data
As part of our open data policy, we ask our authors to share all data underlying their research findings in an open format, together with details of any software used to process the results.
It is essential that others can see the source data in order to be able to replicate the study and analyze the data, as well as in some circumstances, reuse it. But, what’s in it for you?
Boost the credibility of your research
Open data enables replication and validation of your research, which in turn boosts its credibility and robustness. By sharing your data openly, your entire research project becomes more transparent.
Enhance the visibility of your research
Increase the discoverability of your research by reciprocally linking your article and its related datasets. Plus, describing your data with rich, meaningful, machine-readable metadata makes it easy for humans and computers to find use.
Progress in your career
Researchers can benefit from increased credit and recognition for their outputs by sharing their research data, which in turn may lead to increased opportunities for collaboration – even across disciplines. Plus, one 2019 study suggests that open data can generate up to 25% more citations!
Develop a better understanding of your field
Open data supports learning and enables a deeper, richer understanding of the research topic – this is particularly useful in teaching, as students are able to interrogate raw research data for themselves.