The Landscape of Open Data Policies

Publié le 4 septembre 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

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One way for a publisher to overcome that barrier for individual journals is to establish data sharing policies that are available to all of their journals. That directly signals that the publisher will be ready to support editorial policy change. In fact, 2017-2018 saw most major publishers doing just that. This has resulted in a significant number of journals now having policies that can increase transparency. The Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines provide guidance and template language to use in author instructions. Publishers that adopt TOP policies or their equivalent signal support for any of these actions.

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Tiered Data Policies at Four Large Publishers

Similarly, publishers that create their own tiered data sharing policies make it clear to their community that these actions are all possible. These policies are fantastic tools for their editors and authors. By comparing the four policies here, we can see how they relate to one another, and discover areas of overlap or gap.

Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley have all recently adopted tiered data sharing policies that make improvements in supporting transparency easier for the journals that they publish. Each shares some characteristics and rely on similar tiers : from encouragement to share data to increasingly strong mandates to do so.

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