STM Launches ‘STM 2020 Research Data Year’
To accelerate the implementation of research data solutions, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM; WDS Associate Member) has launched the ‘STM 2020 Research Data Year’—a dedicated action plan to increase the number of journals with data policies, expand the number of journals depositing data links and grow the volume of citations to datasets.
In any field of study, the sharing of data is one of the most fundamental aspects of maintaining the integrity of research. The availability of research data plays a vital role in ensuring reproducibility and the ongoing development of Open Science. Acknowledging this, funders are increasingly developing data sharing policies for research funded by them.
The STM 2020 Research Data Year will directly support researchers by assisting publishers to:
- SHARE: accelerate the number of journals with data policies and articles with Data Availability Statements.
- LINK: accelerate the number of journals that deposit the data links to the SCHOLIX framework for linking datasets and publications (the result of work carried out by the WDS/RDA WG on Scholarly Link Exchange).
- CITE: accelerate the citations to datasets.
A range of collaborative cross-industry activities has been initiated to share best practices and offer training material to make it quick and easy for publishers to accelerate their research data implementations. These include a dedicated website resource, regular international workshops and webinars encouraging the exchange of experiences and lessons learned, and dedicated support for implementation efforts including on-site visits.
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