Data Notes

Turn your dataset into a citable publication with F1000Research

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Just published your Research Article?

Why stop there?

Effective data sharing extends beyond simply depositing your dataset in a repository. At F1000Research, we believe that data should be shared in a discoverable, useable and reproducible way.

Enter: Data Notes.

Data Notes are short descriptions of a dataset indicating why and how the data was collected. Unlike a traditional Research Article, Data Notes do not include any analyses or conclusions. Rather, they cover the following: 

  • Dataset rationale, protocol, and validation details

  • Information about any limitations of the dataset

  • 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 are suitable for all kinds of data no matter the subject or the size of the dataset. Furthermore, as with any F1000Research article, Data Notes are ‘living’, meaning you can come back and update your article with new findings at any time.

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The benefits of publishing a Data Note

    Quick and easy to write

    The aim of a Data Note is to describe your dataset. Therefore, no analyses or conclusions are required, making Data Notes quick and easy to write.

    Improve research reproducibility

    Reproducibility is essential to good science. Data Notes let you share contextual information about your scientific datasets, enabling others to easily use your dataset and analysis to achieve the same results; demonstrating that your research results are objective and reliable.

    Increase the visibility of your research

    Data Notes are fully citable stand-alone articles with their own DOI. This gives your data its own bibliometric flag meaning that readers, such as those searching through PubMed, can discover and cite your research more easily.

    Minimize research waste

    If you have data that you couldn’t analyze during your study, whether that be because it was unexpected or because it may have been out of scope for your Research Article, you can make it available via a Data Note. This provides you with an additional citable output for work you have already completed.

    Promote innovation and potential new data uses

    Data sharing allows researchers to build upon the work of others rather than repeat already existing research. This allows researchers to dedicate more time and resources to identifying new and unforeseen data uses.

    Foster new collaborations

    By publishing a Data Note, you can increase the visibility of your research, opening up opportunities to discover new connections for collaborative research

    Comply with funder and institutional open data policies

    Many funders and institutions require researchers to preserve and share their research data. Publishing a Data Note with F1000Research can help you meet these requirements as it helps to preserve your data whilst also enhancing the quality of your metadata. Additionally, like all publications on F1000Research, Data Notes are immediately published open access.

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