Database Linking

Linking Research Data and Research Articles on ScienceDirect

Database Linking is available for researchers and data repositories as one method to ensure that data can be easily discovered and accessed. This is done by creating bidirectional links between data repositories and online articles on ScienceDirect. Readers on ScienceDirect have one-click access to relevant, trusted data that may help to validate research or drive further investigations.

Depositing data at a repository

Elsevier encourages authors to deposit raw experimental data at relevant data repositories. There are several ways in which we support interlinking of articles and data:

  1. ScholeXplorer: Elsevier collaborates with Scholix to establish links between articles and datasets. Currently we use ScholeXplorer to makes links available to CCDC, DRYAD, ICPSR, IEDA,  PANGAEA and SEANOE. When you deposit data in one of these repositories the link will automatically appear on ScienceDirect.
  2. Data DOI's:  Elsevier supports Data DOI's as persistent identifiers for scientific  data. If you include a data DOI in your article, it will automatically  turn into a link to your data on ScienceDirect.
  3. Link to Data Repository: When  you submit your article, you will be able to indicate in the submission  system in which repository you have deposited your data. When you  provide all relevant information, this will be made available with your  article on ScienceDirect. This way, you can link out to the repository  of your choice.
  4. Referencing data in your article through tagging identifiers or accession numbers:  If your article contains relevant unique identifiers or accession  numbers linking to information on genes, proteins, diseases, etc. or  structures deposited in public databases, and you would like your  article to link to that data, please identify these entities in the  following way: "database abbreviation: data identifier". For example,  "PDB: 1TUP" to identify the protein with accession number "1TUP" in the  Protein Data Bank (PDB). Please bear in mind that an error in a letter  or number will result in a dead link in the article. Database  abbreviations and further examples can be found in the listing of  supported databases
 Supported Data Repositories

Upload Data During Your Article Submission Directly to Mendeley Data

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Mendeley Data is a certified, free-to-use repository that hosts open data from all disciplines, whatever its format (e.g. raw and processed data, tables, codes and software).

With many Elsevier journals, it’s possible to upload and store your data to Mendeley Data during the manuscript submission process. You can also upload your data directly to the repository. In each case, your data will receive a DOI, making it independently citable and it can be linked to any associated article on ScienceDirect, making it easy for readers to find and reuse.

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Why should I share my research data?

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