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Research data sharing: developing a stakeholder-driven model for journal policies

Sturges, Paul; Bamkin, Marianne; Anders, Jane H.S.; Hubbard, Bill; Hussain, Azhar; Heeley, Melanie

Authors

Paul Sturges R.P.Sturges@lboro.ac.uk

Marianne Bamkin Marianne.bamkin@nottingham.ac.uk

Jane H.S. Anders jane.anders@nottingham.ac.uk

Bill Hubbard bill.hubbard@nottingham.ac.uk

Azhar Hussain azhar.hussain@nottingham.ac.uk

Melanie Heeley M.Heely@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The conclusions of research articles generally depend on bodies of data that cannot be included in the articles themselves. The sharing of this data is important for reasons of both transparency and possible reuse. Science, Technology and Medicine journals have an obvious role in facilitating sharing, but how they might do that is not yet clear. The Journal Research Data (JoRD) Project was a JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) funded feasibility study on the possible shape of a central service on journal research data policies. The objectives of the study included, amongst other considerations: to identify the current state of journal data sharing policies and to investigate the views and practices of stakeholders to data sharing. The project confirmed that a large percentage of journals do not have a policy on data sharing, and that there are inconsistencies between the traceable journal data sharing policies. Such a state leaves authors unsure of whether they should deposit data relating to articles and where and how to share that data. In the absence of a consolidated infrastructure for the easy sharing of data, a journal data sharing model policy was developed. The model policy was developed from comparing the quantitative information gathered from analysing existing journal data policies with qualitative data collected from the stakeholders concerned. This article summarises the information gathered, outlines the process by which the model was developed and presents the model journal data sharing policy in full.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Electronic ISSN 2330-1643
Publisher Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Sturges, P., Bamkin, M., Anders, J. H., Hubbard, B., Hussain, A., & Heeley, M. Research data sharing: developing a stakeholder-driven model for journal policies. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology,
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%292330-1643
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a preprint of an article accepted for publication in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology copyright(c) 2014 (Association for Information Science and Technology)

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