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, a number of Elsevier journals encourage their authors to state the availability of their data. With the data statement, authors can be transparent about the data they used in an article and make a statement about its availability together with their published article.
Data Statement at a Glance
With data statement, an author can provide information about the data presented in an article and provide a reason if data is not available to access. View example article where the data statement will appear under the "research data" section from the article outline.
Benefits for authors and readers:
- Increases transparency
- Allows compliance with data policies .
- Encourages good scientific practice and encourages trust
How does it work
Check the Guide for Authors of the journal of your choice to see your options for sharing research data:
- A number of journals will have integrated the option to create a data statement directly in the submission flow. You will be guided through the steps to complete the data statement during the manuscript submission process.
- For a number of journals, you may be directed to create a data statement using an online authoring tool:
- Click on “Create Data Profile” and enter the requested details to clarify the availability of your data.
- At the end of the process, the data statement is saved as an xml file (automatically in “Downloads” folder) and can be attached as a supplementary file when you submit your manuscript.
- We strongly encourage you to do this before you start the submission process, so you can complete submission without disruption
Why should I share my research data?
There are so many good reasons. Find out more and discover how you can share research data with Elsevier.