Research Data Policy and Principles
Authors are encouraged to deposit the data files and research instruments where appropriate and gain credit and credit others for sharing research data. Further, research data should be made available free of charge to all researchers wherever possible and with minimal reuse restrictions.
The following principles underpin our research data policy:
- Research data should be made available free of charge to all researchers wherever possible and with minimal reuse restrictions.
- Researchers should remain in control of how and when their research data is accessed and used and should be recognized and valued for the investments they make in creating their research data and making it available.
- Expectations and practices around research data vary between disciplines and discipline-specific requirements need to be taken into account.
- Enabling effective reuse of research data is a shared aim and all stakeholders should work together to pursue this collectively, to find efficiencies and avoid duplication of effort.
- Platforms, publications, tools, and curation services can enhance research data by improving their discoverability, use, reuse, and citation.
- Where others add value and/or incur significant costs in enhancing research data to enable its reuse, these contributions need to be recognized and valued.