The BMC-series is very pleased to announce a policy change among its biology journals aimed at increasing the visibility of supporting datasets in its articles.
The launch of the new “Availability of supporting data” section is to encourage all authors to deposit their supporting data in publicly accessible databases and repositories, so that greater transparency and accessibility to raw data is facilitated.
Submission of a manuscript to any BioMed Central journal has always implied that “readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes.”.
BMC-series biology journals encourage authors to deposit the data set(s) supporting the results reported in submitted manuscripts in a publicly-accessible data repository, when it is not possible to publish them as additional files. This section should only be included when supporting data are available and must include the name of the repository and the permanent identifier or accession number and persistent hyperlink(s) for the data set(s). The following format is required:
“The data set(s) supporting the results of this article is(are) available in the [repository name] repository, [unique persistent identifier and hyperlink to dataset(s) in https:// format].”
Where all supporting data are included in the article or additional files the following format is required:
“The data set(s) supporting the results of this article is(are) included within the article (and its additional file(s))”
We also recommend that the data set(s) be cited, where appropriate in the manuscript, and included in the reference list.
Further details on the development and implementation of this policy can be found in the BioMed Central blog from our Open Science Publisher, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz :