Open access journal Genomics Data helps researchers make the most of their data with the ‘Data in Brief’ article

Author: Dr. Paige Shaklee

Genomics Data, one of Elsevier's new open access journals, provides an avenue for researchers to bring their data – along with the details necessary to understand and reuse the data – to the forefront.

The journal's signature "Data in Brief" articles describe publicly available genomic datasets thoroughly so the data can be easily found, reproduced, reused and reanalyzed. Data in Brief are intended to supplement a research article, describing all of the nitty-gritty details that are essential to understanding the data.

One Genomics Data Editor Dr. Jessica Mar, Assistant Professor in Albert Einstein's Department of Systems & Computational Biology, pointed out that this journal will fill an important need in her work. Currently, she said, essential "clinical variables such as blood pressure and blood sugar" don't accompany the publicly available genomic datasets from diabetes patients she examines, but these variables are key to being able to compare different datasets and gather new insights from the data.

Now, these kinds of accompanying details must be documented in a Specifications table at the top of each Data in Brief. The journal's editorial board also checks that any related software or programming code is submitted alongside the Data in Brief.

Because Data in Brief are reviewed by the editorial board, you as authors receive a decision quickly: the average for a decision on the manuscript is one week. As a result, researchers can get the word out about their datasets quickly, driving more traffic to their data and to any research article that may discuss interpretations of that data.

Data in Brief are easy to write; just:

1. Fill in this template.

2. Submit the document, along with any computer code used to analyze the data, though the journal's online submission system.

The first Data in Briefs to be published are now freely available in Genomics Data on Science Direct.

Author biography

Paige Shaklee made her way from studying Physics at Colorado School of Mines to Nanoscience at TU Delft to Biophysics at Leiden University, where she received her PhD. After doing postdoctoral research in Biochemistry at Stanford University, she joined Cell Press in 2011 as the Editor of Trends in Biotechnology. Last year, she joined Elsevier's Biochemistry publishing team as a publisher for the Genomics portfolio.