Data Availability section

During the manuscript submission process, you will be asked to ‘Share Your Research Data’ in accordance with our Research Data Guidelines using the tool integrated into the online submission platform. Utilising this option provides convenient, bidirectional hyperlinks between your dataset in its repository and the HTML view of your article on ScienceDirect. Using this tool also means that you do not need to upload these datasets as supplementary files during the submission process.

Additionally, you are encouraged to include a 'Data Availability' section in your manuscript to provide readers with information - visible in all formats (html, PDF, print) - about the datasets that you have chosen to share. Authors of papers that are not based on original data, such as Review Articles, do not need to include a 'Data Availability' section.

The ‘Data Availability’ section should appear in your manuscript before the References. It typically consists of the heading ‘Data Availability’ followed by a sentence which provides the URL(s) of and citation(s) to the dataset(s) that have been shared and might be constructed as follows:

Data Availability

Datasets related to this article can be found at [INSERT PERMANENT URL(s) TO BE LINKED TO DATASET], hosted at [NAME OF HOSTING REPOSITORY] ([CITATION TO DATASET]).

An example might appear as follows:

Data Availability

Datasets related to this article can be found at, an open-source online data repository hosted at Mendeley Data (Chen and Maloof, 2017).

Correct citation of datasets allows better indexing and therefore better discovery when searching and gives permanent credit to the creator of the data. References to all citable datasets used in the study should be included in your paper’s reference section, alongside references to journal articles and book chapters, and should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so it can properly be identified as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article. The example above would appear in the reference list of the manuscript as follows:

[dataset] Chen, C. Y. and Maloof, A. C., Revisiting the deformed high shoreline of Lake Bonneville: Datasets and Supplementary Materials, 2017, Mendeley Data, v1,

The ‘Data Availability’ section provides a convenient place to make the dataset citation, but authors may also choose to cite their data at any appropriate place within the main body of the manuscript.