(27 Jun 2023) Funder and publisher mandates, coupled with a growing emphasis on open science and reproducibility, mean that researchers are increasingly depositing data alongside their publications. Other scientists can use those data to drive new research. But not every journal requires that authors make their data sets available, and some authors decline to do so, either for fear of getting scooped or for lack of time. (The research data policy for Springer Nature, which publishes Nature, “strongly encourage[s] that all datasets supporting the analysis and conclusions of the paper are made publicly available at the time of publication”, and mandates “the sharing of community-endorsed data types”.)
Nature asked data scientists about their best practices for publishing usable, high-quality data — here’s what they said.
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