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Data Notes

Maximize the potential of your research data with Data Notes on Open Research Europe

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Effective data sharing extends beyond simply depositing your dataset in a repository. At Open Research Europe, we believe that data should be shared in a discoverable, useable and reproducible way.  

Data Notes are an article type offered on Open Research Europe which allows researchers to describe their scientific dataset, including: 

  • Dataset rationale, protocol, validation, and limitation details 
  • Information on where and how to access the dataset, as part of a Data Availability Statement 
  • Reference to the dataset using a formal data citation

Data Notes do not include any analyses or conclusions, but promote the discoverability and potential reuse of research data by providing a detailed description of the dataset itself. This gives credit to data producers with a citable, peer-reviewed publication, and supports new research collaborations across disciplines. 

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Instructions for authors

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About Open Research Europe

Open Research Europe is a fully open access publishing platform, offering rapid publication of articles and other research outputs without editorial bias. All articles benefit from transparent post-publication peer review, and editorial guidance on making source data openly available.

Open Research Europe advocates transparency and reproducibility in research, and our innovative publishing model supports this at every stage. Articles can be published in as few as 14 days, with post-publication peer review creating an open dialogue between authors and their research community.

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How It Works

How can you benefit from publishing a Data Note on Open Research Europe?

Open your research data to more opportunities 

Increase the visibility of your research by publishing a Data Note with Open Research Europe. Data Notes are published fully open access, meaning your article is easily available to all stakeholders, including fellow researchers, NGOs, policymakers, and citizens.  Share contextual information about your scientific datasets in a highly discoverable, useable and reproducible way to maximize the potential reach and reuse of your data, and even support inter-disciplinary research collaborations in the future.  

Receive credit for your research 

Data Notes are fully peer reviewed and citable publications with an assigned DOI, providing you with additional opportunities to gain recognition and credit for your findings. By publishing Data Notes, you will never reduce the novelty or value of a Research Article which makes use of the published dataset. In fact, when Data Notes are linked to a traditional Research Article they provide enhanced context the researcher’s findings, along with the results and conclusions; and there’s some evidence that linking your publications to your research data could increase the citation potential of your work. 

Get help with data management 

Open Research Europe offers editorial support in making source data openly available, including expert guidance on preparing your data and choosing an appropriate repository for your work. Data Notes can even support you in meeting vital requirements from your funder or institution for sharing your data appropriately, so that others can access and reuse your datasets.  

Increase the discoverability of your research 

Once your Data Notes article has passed peer review, your findings are open for discovery by being included in Google Scholar, Zenodo, and OpenAire. Furthermore, Data Notes include validated links to the dataset in your chosen repository, and your article is supported by machine-readable metadata to support greater discoverability. 

All types of data are welcome 

Data can come in many forms. Whether your dataset is computational, experimental, observational, curated (or something else entirely) we welcome your Data Note article on Open Research Europe. 

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How to write a Data Note

Download our free guide for authors on how to write a Data Note for submission to Open Research Europe. This template walks through every section of this unique article type, explaining what details need to be included to make your Data Note as useful as possible for future researchers.

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Open Data on Open Research Europe | Policies and principles

Open Research Europe advocates an Open Data Policy. Others need access to the original, raw data to be able to replicate a given study, reproduce the original findings, or reuse the data to support their own research. Therefore, all articles on the  Open Research Europe platform should include citations to repositories that host the data underlying the results, together with details of the software tools used to process these. Of course, there may be exceptional cases where openly sharing research data is not feasible – for example, due to ethical, data protection, or confidentiality reasons. You can find out more in our Data Guidelines. 

Alongside our Open Data policy,  Open Research Europe endorses the FAIR Data Principles which aim to make research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable; together these provide a framework to promote the broadest possible reuse of scientific data.  

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