Share – Link – Cite: Introducing the STM 2020 Research Data Year
16th January 2020
To accelerate the implementation of research data solutions, The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) 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
LINK: accelerate the number of journals that deposit the data links to the SCHOLIX framework for
linking datasets and publications; and
CITE: accelerate the citations to datasets
A range of collaborative cross-industry activities have 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.
Current participants in the program include Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, DeGruyter, Karger
Publishers, Oxford University Press, Sage Publishing, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and Wiley.
Progress towards the goals of the 2020 Research Data Year will be tracked and displayed on a website dashboard which will show how publishers are steadily implementing new data policies, encouraging data sharing and making the links and citations to and from datasets and scholarly journal articles more widely available.
Speaking of the launch of the 2020 Research Data Year, Ian Moss, STM’s CEO said “There is a growing need to ensure the findability, accessibility and re-usability of research data for all stakeholders working across scholarly communications. Successful efforts by some publishers have already shown that boosting the sharing of data helps to ensure the long-term integrity of research, whilst also continues widening publisher support for Open Science.”
Notes to Editors
STM 2020 Research Data Year
For more information on the goal and activities of the project (including how to join) please visit:
https://www.stm-researchdata.org/ or contact Joris van Rossum, STM Research Data Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At STM we support our members in their mission to advance research worldwide. Our 150 members based in over 20 countries around the world collectively publish 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works. As academic and professional publishers, learned societies, university presses, start-ups and established players we work together to serve society by developing standards and technology to ensure research is of high quality, trustworthy and easy to access. We promote the contribution that publishers make to innovation, openness and the sharing of knowledge and embrace change to support the growth and sustainability of the research ecosystem. As a common good, we provide data and analysis for all involved in the global activity of research.
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