Elsevier Materials Science Journals Offer Entire Suite of Data Sharing Options

Offering multiple data sharing options for Materials Science researchers meets goals of Materials Genome Initiative's strategic plan

Amsterdam, February 4, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced that its data sharing infrastructure has been implemented across 13 journals covering all areas of Materials Science.

Offering multiple data sharing options for an entire subject discipline not only meets the needs of researchers in the field, but also addresses one of the key objectives in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy outlined in its Strategic Plan for the Materials Genome Initiative: unlock durable access to research data.

The 13 journals, together covering all fields of materials science, ranging from aircraft materials to hip implants, will offer different options to make the data that underpins the journals' studies accessible and facilitate sharing and contextualization of the data. The journals are:

Acta Biomaterialia; Acta Materialia; CALPHAD; Composites Part A; Computational Materials Science; Construction and Building Materials; Materials Discovery; Materials Science & Engineering A; Materials Science & Engineering B; Materials Science & Engineering C; Polymer; Scripta Materialia; Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells.

Across these journals, the open data sharing options available for researchers are:

  • Interactive Plots: Authors are invited to submit a file containing the data points from their graphs, which enables readers to benefit from interactive graph functionality and provides them with access to the data.
  • Open Data: Authors can upload raw research data alongside their article, validated by editors and reviewers, and the datasets can be freely downloaded and re-used under a CC-BY license.
  • Data in Brief: Authors can upload a microarticle providing the context and metadata relative to data underpinning the study reported in an article accepted in the linked journal. The microarticle will then be automatically submitted for publication in the open access journal Data in Brief

Separately these data sharing options are also available across other Elsevier journals, however these Materials Science journals and their editorial teams now support and offer the full range.

"By providing a range of easy-to-use options to share raw data, we enable authors to make high-quality research data available, in a way that optimally matches the research project, and to get proper credit for the work done. We will continue to develop a variety of opportunities to do so in the future, supporting new research and discovery through the sharing of research data," said IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, SVP Journal and Data Solutions, Elsevier.

The data sharing options for researchers has also received strong support from the editors of the selected journals:

"I am pleased that Computational Materials Science is part of Elsevier's new data sharing option: Open Data. The service provides authors with the option to easily upload their raw research data as a supplementary file free of charge," said Prof. Susan Sinnott from University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA).

 "Acta strongly supports this move and wants to have our journals participate. Having served on a few Nuclear Regulatory Commission panels advocating data archives, I firmly believe this is critical," said Dr. George (Rusty) T Gray III Chairman of Acta Materialia Inc.

For more information go to Elsevier Connect or Materials Today.


About the Materials Genome Initiative
White House's Materials Genome Initiative. This initiative, first announced in 2011 by President Obama, promotes a vision of materials research where the application of novel computational approaches will aid design materials allowing to greatly accelerating the discovery, development and deployment of new materials. The Strategic Plan for implementing the Initiative was announced on December 4th 2014.

About Elsevier's Materials Science journal portfolio
Elsevier' Materials Science journal portfolio is the home of Materials Today and publishes of over 100 leading materials science journals, including Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, Biomaterials, Carbon, Journal of the European Ceramics Society, Nano Today, Nano Energy, Polymer, and Progress in Materials Science, Materials Today is a community dedicated to the creation and sharing of materials science knowledge and experience.Supported by Elsevier, we publish high impact peer-reviewed journals, organize academic conferences, broadcast educational webinars and more.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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