Nature have recently updated their policies around research data with a Data availability statement and data citations policy.
Two points from Nature's policy are worth emphasising:
- all manuscripts reporting original research must include a data availability statement, and Nature say that "by data we mean
the minimal dataset that would be necessary to interpret, replicate and build upon the methods or findings reported in the article".
- Nature encourage authors to cite datasets in the reference list for your article when those datasets have been stored in a data repository and assigned a DOI. Data repositories include the University's Research Data Archive as well as public repositories such those listed by Nature, BioSharing and on our own Research Data website page on data repositories.
Nature's existing policy on data availability already requires authors to make "material, data, code and associated protocols promptly available to readers without undue qualification".
Advice and examples are available from Nature and the University of Bath Research Data team have advice on how to write data access statements and on citing research data on our website.
Please get in touch with us with any comments or to get advice:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. x4791, web: www.bath.ac.uk/research/data