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Data sharing and mining

Open data policy

To allow others to verify and build on the work published in Royal Society journals, it is a condition of publication that authors make available the data and research materials supporting the results in the article.

Datasets should be deposited in an appropriate, recognised, publicly available repository. Where no data-specific repository exists, authors should deposit their datasets in a general repository such as Dryad or Figshare, or include it in the supplementary material.

To encourage best practice in data sharing, Biology Letters, Proceedings B and Royal Society Open Science have Dryad data deposition integrated into the journal submission system and the Society will cover the cost of depositing up to 10GB of data with Dryad.

Exceptions to the sharing of data may be granted at the discretion of the editor, especially for sensitive information such as human subject data or the location of endangered species. Authors must disclose upon submission of the manuscript any restrictions on the availability of research materials or data.

Where possible please deposit your data prior to publication under embargo until publication of the article. Data deposited with Dryad should be deposited once the article has been editorially accepted for publication.

Datasets that have been deposited in an external repository and have a DOI should also be appropriately cited in the manuscript and included in the reference list. When citing datasets DOI names should be displayed as linkable, permanent URLs, as recommended by DataCite.

Supplementary Material

The supplementary material can also be used to upload supporting figures, videos and other small files that do not contain raw data. All supplementary material will be made available under a Creative Commons BY 4.0 licence, meaning that others are free to share, reuse and build upon the information, as long as they properly credit the original author. Please see our full licence to publish.

Data Accessibility

All manuscripts which report primary data (usually research articles) should include a Data Accessibility section which states where the article's supporting data can be accessed.

Please see our author guidelines for a full description of how to prepare a Data Accessibility section.

 

Common repositories

Nucleotide sequence data

Accession numbers must be provided in the Data Accessibility section of your manuscript.

Phylogenetic data

Please ensure that alignments as well as phylogenies are deposited.

Microarray data

Microarray data must be deposited in a MIAME-compliant format.

Protein sequences

Accession numbers must be provided in the Data Accessibility section of your manuscript.

Proteomics data

We recommend that all proteomics data, including mass spectrometry and protein interaction data is deposited via the EBI PRIDE website.

Chemical data

Chemical structures and bioassays should be deposited in PubChem.

Source code

Source code should be made available under an open source licence and the source code included in the supplementary material.

 

Data mining

We support the stance that the right to read is the right to mine. We believe that the ability to use computers to extract information from scholarly material is 1 of many tools available to researchers, and we support this activity on our journals.

Members of subscribing institutions and readers of open access articles have our permission to mine journal content in accordance with our usage terms and conditions. We ask that you respect the copyright of the original papers, and where possible cite original works when you reuse them.

Please also bear in mind that our servers have finite capacity, and to help us manage the system load we ask that you let us know when you intend to carry out any mining activity. Our technology provider sets a limit on downloads from our sites, beyond which an automatic lock-out is triggered. By working together, we can help you to complete your project and achieve your research goals without being blocked by technical restrictions.