Elsevier and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Announce Data Linking

Elsevier articles on ScienceDirect link directly with largest archive of behavioral and social science research data, ICPSR

Amsterdam February 8, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and ICPSR, a leader in providing curated research data to the behavioral and social science community, today announced that they have implemented two-way linking between research articles and datasets.

Over 400 Elsevier journals will offer direct linking options with datasets in ICPSR. These behavioral and social science datasets become discoverable through corresponding research articles on ScienceDirect. This allows researchers to access underlying research data immediately while reading the research paper, and potentially reuse the data for their own experiments. Vice versa, research articles on ScienceDirect can also be accessed directly from within the ICPSR datasets providing additional information to place the data into context.

“Providing links between research data and the articles based on analyses of those data is crucial to support the efforts related to both data sharing and the transparency around conducting research in general. These direct links offer a way to demonstrate the impact of research data for both the Principal Investigator and the agency funding the research. ICPSR is pleased to be working with Elsevier to establish reciprocal linking with ScienceDirect,” said Linda Detterman, Membership & Marketing Director, ICPSR.

ICPSR stores, curates, and provides access to scientific data so others can reuse it or validate research findings. ICPSR maintains over 9,200 studies associated with nearly 73,000 datasets representing over 40 scientific fields and disciplines. Linking these datasets and corresponding documentation to the articles using these data for analyses is critical in the effort to support research transparency and encourage additional research discovery.

Wouter Haak, VP of Research Data Management Solutions at Elsevier added, “Data linking is an essential step for research data to be better discoverable. We are very happy to be working with ICPSR to achieve this for behavioral and social science data. Both the article itself and the underlying data are invaluable for show-casing research output. It also ensures that authors of the data and articles can get the credit they deserve.”

Article-data linking is one of the pillars of Elsevier’s initiatives for sharing research data. Elsevier collaborates with more than fifty data repositories, and is continually looking to collaborate with other relevant organizations.

Example articles with reciprocal ICPSR-ScienceDirect linking:

1) Kate A. Leger, Susan T. Charles, John Z. Ayanian, David M. Almeida, ‘The association of daily physical symptoms with future health’, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 143, October 2015, Pages 241-248, ISSN 0277-9536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.050.

2) Samuel Stroope, ‘Seclusion, decision-making power, and gender disparities in adult health: Examining hypertension in India’, Social Science Research, Volume 53, September 2015, Pages 288-299, ISSN 0049-089X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.05.013.

3) Benjamin Lê Cook, Teresa Doksum, Chih-nan Chen, Adam Carle, Margarita Alegría, ‘The role of provider supply and organization in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care in the U.S.’, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 84, May 2013, Pages 102-109, ISSN 0277-9536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.02.006.

4) Muhammad Azmat Hayat, Etienne Farvaque, ‘Public attitudes towards central bank independence: Lessons from the foundation of the ECB’, European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 28, Issue 4, December 2012, Pages 512-523, ISSN 0176-2680, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2012.05.001.

ICPSR is the world’s largest archive of behavioral and social science research data. ICPSR advances research by acquiring, curating, preserving, and distributing original research data to support researchers, students, instructors, and policymakers. A leader in data stewardship, ICPSR is a center within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

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