Elsevier and EarthChem database linking: how it benefits you


Did you know?
Elsevier-published research articles from 23 journals in the Earth Sciences, hosted on ScienceDirect are now bi-directionally linked to the corresponding research datasets in EarthChem. EarthChem is a portal facilitating discovery and accessibility of a consortium of federated community databases such as: PetDB, MetPetDB, SedDB, NAVDAT and GEOROC.

Why is Elsevier doing this?
In recent years we have witnessed a dramatic shift of research from primarily print-based to electronic science: data is increasingly collected, analyzed and shared digitally, whilst output is more diverse than ever before. The Article of the Future project is Elsevier's ongoing commitment to improve the reader experience in all areas of online article presentation, enriched and value-added content, and interoperability with external databases. The project also aims to give authors the freedom to publish their research in all its richness, variety and multi-dimensionality. The linking of scientific journal publications with the underlying and/or broader databases available on the Web is a critical step in the transition from print to electronic publishing, giving greater context to research. By having direct access to the EarthChem databases, geochemical researchers have push-button access to a wealth of related data that allows them to better investigate and interrogate the conclusions made in papers and extend them to broader datasets to facilitate new discoveries.

How does it work?
This linking scheme utilizes Elsevier's banner linking service that we have set up to enable a light-weight and easy way to link with data repositories. At the moment that an article is viewed, the EarthChem web server is queried to determine if there are relevant data sets for this paper. If so, a banner image is returned that is shown next to the article to alert the reader that data records are available for this paper. When the reader clicks on the banner, he/she is directed to a landing page at EarthChem that collects all data records that are available for this specific article. See the following screenshot example.

What do I need to do as an author?
The EarthChem database is curated, meaning datasets are extracted from articles by EarthChem curators, and hosted on the EarthChem database. Similarly, the banner linking service is configured by Elsevier. Therefore, as an author you do not need to do anything in order to have your article reciprocally linked to EarthChem via a banner link, other than to submit your article to an enabled journal and have it accepted for publication. However, you are certainly encouraged to deposit your datasets with EarthChem and similar databases directly.

Who benefits from this?

Elsevier feels this collaboration is of benefit to all parties involved:

For readers- Linking from article to data, readers can quickly and easily access the original data associated with an article to enable them to better analyse and challenge the conclusions made in papers toaid their own understanding and potentially facilitate new discoveries.

For database users- Linking from data to article, users can consider the data in the context of the article with analysis and conclusions with potentially broader applications.

For authors- Authors have the ability to present their full data, in all its richness, linked to their article without worrying about journal file size restrictions.

For databases- Promotes usage of databases, and encourages further deposits into these, thereby supporting their longevity.

The following journals' databases are linked to EarthChem

Applied Geochemistry
Chemical Geology
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Earth-Science Reviews
Engineering Geology
Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta
Gondwana Research
Journal of African Earth Sciences
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
Journal of Geochemical Exploration
Journal of Geodynamics
Journal of South American Earth Sciences
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
Marine Geology
Ore Geology Reviews
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Physics of The Earth and Planetary Interiors
Precambrian Research
Quaternary Geochronology
Quaternary International
Quaternary Research
Quaternary Science Reviews