Data Reports – a new article type in PeerJ Life & Environment

by | Apr 9, 2024 | Announcement, Company News

We are pleased to announce a new submission option for authors via the introduction of “Data Reports” as a new article type in PeerJ Life & Environment.

What are Data Reports? These articles describe new curated datasets – or significant extensions of existing datasets – that hold substantial value for the research community. We recognize the crucial role that high-quality data plays in advancing scientific knowledge, and Data Reports provide a platform for sharing datasets that go beyond a single research paper.

Policies and Procedures for Data Reports:

  1. Clear Rationale and Utility: Authors must articulate the rationale for collecting the dataset and its utility beyond a single research paper. This ensures that the dataset is of interest and value to the broader research community.
  2. Methodological Detail: Submissions should follow the format of a research article, with detailed methodology provided to allow for replication and reproduction of the dataset.
  3. Access: The dataset must either be uploaded with the submission or linked to a publicly accessible repository with a DOI and be available under a free and open license.
  4. FAIR Principles: Data must adhere to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles, with sufficient metadata provided to facilitate reuse.
  5. Ethical Considerations: Authors must comply with PeerJ’s requirements for ethical approval, consent, field permits, and other relevant ethical considerations.
  6. Ongoing Curation: For datasets expected to be extended over time, details of ongoing curation, inclusion/exclusion criteria, storage, and availability must be provided.

We encourage researchers to submit their Data Reports to PeerJ Life & Environment, thus contributing to the open and transparent sharing of scientific data.

For more information on submission guidelines and to submit your Data Report, please visit our Author Guidelines page.

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