PANGAEA (Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data) is a repository for geoscience data with many features similar to Dryad, including use of DOIs for data files. A recent press release reports that Elsevier and PANGAEA have implemented reciprocal linking between data in the repository and journal articles. Research data sets deposited at PANGAEA are now automatically linked to the corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on its electronic platform ScienceDirect and vice versa. The data are freely available from the publication’s page in ScienceDirect, without a login or subscription.
Try it out:
- From this PANGAEA record, follow the DOI to the article in ScienceDirect (citations and abstracts only, unless you or your institution have subscription access)
- The PANGAEA link is to the right of the article with Supplementary Data beside it
This valuable two-way connectivity between data and article is most easily achieved when the data are captured at the time of article submission. See this previous post for more on Dryad’s approach to this problem, which is designed to work across multiple publishers.
Similar to the appearance of the PANGAEA logo in the online version of the article, we are toying with the idea of calling attention to the link in the opposite direction by placing journal cover images next to article DOIs in the Dryad display. We’d like to hear your thoughts on that. Is it helpful signage? Or distracting eye candy?