- Authors are encouraged to extend the utility of their manuscripts with the inclusion of helpful meta-data so that published works can find connections to other works in the public domain. Journal manuscripts are often scanned by text-mining software that locates and extracts core data elements, like gene function. Adding standard ontology terms, such as the Gene Ontology or others from the OBO Foundry can enhance the recognition of your contribution and description. This will also make human curation of literature easier and more accurate. Depending on the details of the data being presented, this information may be requested by editors.
- Where suitable domain-specific repositories do not exist, authors may deposit in Dryad, Dataverse, the Open Science Framework, or an institutional repository and provide the access information with the manuscript. Alternately, authors may choose to deposit non-standard data (including figures, posters, rich media) on Figshare for example. In all cases, the DOI reference (where applicable) should be provided in the article.
- Any supporting data sets for which there are no suitable repositories may be made available as publishable Supplemental Information files by PeerJ Computer Science.
- Data should be provided in an appropriate, machine-readable format. Note: formats such as PDF, Powerpoint, and images of tables etc. are not considered suitable for raw data sharing.
- In accordance with the principles in Sharing Publication-Related Data and Materials (National Academies Press, 2003), research using proprietary data must also evaluate a piece of comparable public data if the authors cannot or do not make the proprietary data available.
- We strongly encourage that the software be made open source, available under an appropriate license, and deposited in an appropriate archive.
3D scans/models should be uploaded to a repository such as MorphoSource and made public at or before acceptance.
Authors using MorphoSource to share data during the review process should create a "reviewer account" on MorphoSource to share their private data with editors/reviewers. Note that the reviewer username does not have to be a valid email. Therefore, authors should
We strongly recommend (and in some cases require) that authors adhere to the reporting standards which have been adopted by their field (or which apply to their study design).
In general, it is expected that work involving human subjects will be submitted to PeerJ - the Journal of Life and Environmental Science, but if the intended audience is the computer science community and the human experiments are a minor part of the overall work then it will be considered for publication in PeerJ Computer Science, so long as it complies with the usual ethical requirements.
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