16 Jan

Updated Data Citation Guidelines for Earth Science Data

Already in Summer 2019, Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) published updated Data Citation Guidelines and new Software and Services Citation Guidelines for the Earth science community. Link.

The Data Citation Guidelines provide recommendations for Earth science data stewards to create a data citation that is meaningful to a human reader, and resolvable and actionable by computers. This is relevant because repositories should provide citation information for each of their data sets and make these citations available to the community through common systems like DataCite and CrossRef.

The ESIP Data Citation Guidelines have been updated to include recommendations that address the complexity modern data and ensuring precise access to it over time. Key elements include:

  • Resolvable Persistent Identifiers, rather than URLs, to provide the ability to successfully access the data over decades.
  • Machine Readable Citations that allow machines to access and interpret the resource.
  • Micro-citations that refer to the specific data used in large datasets.
  • Data and Time Access citations for dynamic data.

As a reference, a mapping of each of these concepts to several commonly used metadata standards or dialects is provided in an appendix.

These guidelines are tailored to Earth science and related data, but they are built from accepted guidance by recognized data science and research communities and international standards organizations, notably the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles.

09 Jan

Springer Nature and Project DEAL signed Open Access contract

Springer Nature and MPDL Services GmbH, on behalf of Project DEAL, have signed the contract for the world’s largest Open Access agreement to date. Under the agreement, authors at more than 700 eligible German scientific and research institutions will be able to publish their manuscripts in Springer Nature hybrid or genuine open-occess-journals with effect from 1 January 2020. Under the agreement, well over 13,000 Open Access articles are expected to be published annually by German researchers.

At the same time, participating institutions will receive extensive read access to the journal content of Springer, Palgrave, Adis and Macmillan. However, Nature journals, magazines (e.g. Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft) and technical journals (e.g. ATZ, MTZ) are not included in the contract.

For each article published in one of the 1,900 hybrid journals, a “Publish and Read (PAR)” fee of €2,750 is charged, which is billed centrally. It is important to note that the PAR fee is not the same as a standard article processing charge (APC). It also includes costs for reading access to the (almost) complete portfolio of subscription journals of the publisher (see above). The contract also includes discounts on the article processing charges for almost all of the publisher’s genuine open-occess-journals (from 1 August 2020). The processing of these publications will also be centrally regulated in future.

Text modified from the press release.