Data Profile

Scientific results are only as strong as they are reproducible, so being able to identify and use research data is vital to building knowledge. To help make all scientific data more transparent, we encourage authors to state the availability of their data.

With Data Profile, authors can provide the data they used in an article or make a statement about its availability.

About Data Profile

With a Data Profile, an author can provide information about the data presented in an article, or details about if, how and where the data is available. In participating journals, the Data Profile is displayed next to the article on ScienceDirect, with links to datasets hosted in repositories, where relevant. Authors are also able to provide a reason if data is not available to access.

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Benefits for authors and readers:

  • Promotes data sharing: The Data Profile shows the data connected to an article and provides ‘one-click’ access to available data.
  • Increases discoverability: The Data Profile appears alongside a published article, increasing the discoverability of the article and datasets. This can lead to more downloads, citations and collaboration opportunities.
  • Promotes transparency and reproducibility: By promoting transparency of research data, the Data Profile enables researchers to reproduce and verify published results.

    How does it work?

    1. Check the Guide for Authors if the journal of your choice supports Data Profile
    2. You can create your Data Profile using the online authoring tool
    3. Click on “Create Data Profile” and enter the requested details, such as dataset name, description, file type and, if available, where the data is stored
    4. At the end of the process, the  Data Profile is saved as an xml file (automatically in “Downloads” folder) and can be attached as a supplementary file when you submit your manuscript
    5. We strongly encourage you to do this before you start the submission process, so you can complete submission without disruption

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