Policy update: Data underlying IJDC submissions

The case for data being regarded as a first class research output has been argued several times within the pages of this journal, but the implications of that position had not been recognised in the journal's own policies. In order to rectify this, from 1 January 2014 the IJDC is formally requiring authors to cite any data that underlies their submissions. In fact, we have always welcomed citations of data sets but had previously never made this explicit. We now go further, and require them wherever applicable.

Furthermore, if the authors are responsible for the data, we now require them to place it in a custodial environment that gives an appropriate degree of assurance about its longevity. They should also ensure that the data is given a permanent and resolvable identifier (e.g. DOI, Handle, ARK), and make it as openly accessible as possible.

This change of position applies to submissions made from 1 January 2014 onwards. Submissions made before that date are not affected, though if authors wish to deposit their data and add data citations to their existing submissions, that would be warmly welcomed.

In this way we hope to ensure that the research published in the journal is transparent, verifiable and able to be reused and repurposed.

The International Journal of Digital Curation. ISSN: 1746-8256
The IJDC is published by the University of Edinburgh
and is a publication of the Digital Curation Centre.