2015 Dryad Community Meeting: Taking a closer look at data

We invite you to register for the 2015 Dryad Community Meeting, which will take place on May 27th from 8:30am-4:00pm in Washington, DC.  The theme of this year’s meeting is “Taking a Closer Look at Data”, featuring a keynote presentation from Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science.

The Community Meeting brings together researchers, librarians, publishers, funders and other individuals and organizations with a stake in the preservation and availability of the scientific and medical data associated with the published literature.

The program includes:

  • Dryad101, an introduction to the Dryad Digital Repository, including an overview of recent and upcoming developments
  • A Community Perspectives Forum in which partner journals and member organizations have an opportunity to share their experiences with data publishing.
  • The annual Dryad Business Meeting during which stakeholders can have a say in the governance of the nonprofit organization.
  • An Emerging Issues panel discussion all about the concept of “data review”.  This is an opportunity to hear about the experiences of the community with various forms of data review and to consider whether and how data review may be more widely adopted by Dryad’s community in the future to improve the value of data for reuse.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Brian Nosek is Professor, Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia and Director, Center for Open Science. The Center for Open Science is a nonprofit technology startup that aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. He is also co-founder of the widely known Project Implicit.

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There is no cost for registration, but space is limited, so please register early to ensure availability.

For inquiries, please contact Meredith Morovati (mmorovati@datadryad.org), Executive Director.

Royal Society Open Science and Ecological Applications integrate manuscript and data submission with Dryad

We are happy to announce two new journals, Royal Society Open Science and Ecological Applications, that will be making it easy for authors to archive their data in Dryad through integration of manuscript and data submission.

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Royal Society Open Science is a new open access journal. It is the first title from The Royal Society that welcomes contributions from across science, engineering and mathematics, and the ninth to integrate with Dryad.  The Royal Society will sponsor the Data Publishing Charges on behalf of its authors.

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Ecological Applications is the second integrated journal published by the Ecological Society of America, and it comes on the heels of  a strengthened data policy that came into force at the beginning of 2014.

For both journals, authors submit data to Dryad upon acceptance of the manuscript.  For a full list of integrated journals, with instructions for each one on when to submit, whether authors may elect to embargo their data, and whether Data Publishing Charges are sponsored, please see here.

Dryad welcomes submission integration with scientific journals irrespective of whether the organization is signed up for a payment plan or is a member of Dryad. The submission integration process works with many different online manuscript processing systems. It is lightweight and customizable to each journal’s needs. Please contact us if you would like to consider submission integration for your journal.

Proud to announce a bevy of newly integrated titles from the Royal Society, BMC, and NPG

A number of notable publications have been added to the growing list of those integrating submission of data and manuscripts with Dryad.

The recently adopted Data Policy of Royal Society Publishing now requires that data sets “be deposited in an appropriate, recognized, publicly available repository” and that authors “disclose upon submission of the manuscript any restrictions on the availability of research materials or data.” To support this policy, the Royal Society now sponsors the Data Publication Charge to Dryad for data associated with any of its publications Proceedings of the Royal Society, Proceedings B, the Royal Society’s flagship biological research journal, has joined Biology Letters in integrating submission with Dryad.  Currently, submission of data occurs prior to manuscript review for Proceedings B, and following acceptance for Biology Letters.  Watch this space for further efforts to support the data archiving needs of Royal Society Publishing.

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In an editorial entitled ‘An open future for ecological and evolutionary data?’, recently published jointly in BMC Ecology and BMC Evolutionary Biology, authors Amye Kenall, Simon Harold and Christopher Foote announce the integration of manuscript submission for these two journals with Dryad in order “to encourage a more widespread adoption of open data sharing in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology by facilitating this process for our authors.”  Now that the technical work has been accomplished for these two journals, submission integration can be easily extended to other BMC series titles at the request of the editors.

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Scientific Data is a newly launched open access publication from Nature Publishing Group that aims to promote the accessibility and reuse of scientifically valuable data sets. This is supported by both a strong data deposition policy and a novel publication type called a Data Descriptor.

Data Descriptors will provide detailed descriptions of the experiments and procedures involved in generating important datasets, including essential information needed for scientists to assess the technical quality of the data, reproduce key methods or analysis workflows, and ultimately reuse the data to address important research questions. In addition, every publication at Scientific Data will be supported by metadata describing key properties of the experiments and resulting data, which will be checked by an in-house curator and released in the ISA-tab format, and hopefully other standard formats in the future. These metadata will aid data mining, and will help scientists find and reuse high-quality datasets stored across multiple data repositories.

NPG sponsors data submissions associated with Scientific Data, and data are submitted to Dryad prior to review.

Together with a number of previously integrated journals from German Medical Science and Pensoft Publishers, on subjects ranging from subterranean biology to reconstructive surgery, the total number of titles now integrated with Dryad exceeds 50. Authors may consult this list to see which journals are integrated, when to submit data (either before review of after acceptance), whether the journal allows an optional data embargo, and whether Data Publication Charges are sponsored for that publication.Submission integration is a free service, and can be implemented with a wide variety of manuscript submission systems. We encourage publishers and editors to contact us about integration of additional titles, and we encourage authors to let editors know if this is a feature that they would value.