As a condition for publication of a manuscript in Ecological Monographs, all data associated with the results reported in published manuscripts must be made available in a permanent, publicly accessible data archive or repository. Data do not have to be archived at the time of submission, only following acceptance of the manuscript for publication.
Ecological Monographs is a partner with Dryad, which provides a flexible platform for a wide variety of digital data. Other examples of permanent data repositories include Figshare, GenBank for DNA sequences, ORNL-DAAC for biogeochemical data, Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity and the LTER Data Portal, as well as institutional repositories such as that at the University of Illinois.
By depositing data prior to publication of a manuscript, a permanent link can be made to and from the published paper.
Wiley Online Library can be used for this purpose, but only if the material is submitted with the original submission for peer review. Data must be deposited in other depositories following acceptance and prior to publication.
Advantages of depositing data in a permanent repository include:
- Visibility: Making your data available online (and linking it to the publication) provides a new pathway for others to learn about your work.
- Citability: All data you deposit will receive a persistent, resolvable identifier that can be used in a citation as well as listed on your CV.
- Workload reduction: If you receive individual requests for data, you can simply direct them to files in the archive.
- Preservation: Your data files will be permanently and safely archived in perpetuity.
- Impact: You will garner citations through the reuse of your data.
Archived data should be sufficiently complete so that subsequent users can (1) reconstruct tables, graphs, and statistical analyses reported in the original publication, and (2) derive summary statistics necessary for new analyses or meta-analyses. Thus, the normal resolution of the data that are archived will be at the level of individual observations. Truly “raw” data, such as scanned pages from field notebooks, complete video streams, or traces of Markov chain Monte Carlo runs rarely will be required. Sensitive information, such as precise locality data for rare, threatened, or endangered species, or identity of human subjects, should be redacted as required. Sufficient metadata should accompany the data file so that others can readily use files and interpret variables, including their units. Such metadata can usually be provided in a short text file.
All accepted manuscripts will be assessed a $50 data curation and archiving fee. The fee will cover the cost to deposit data associated with Ecological Monographs manuscripts at Dryad.
Authors must disclose software and statistical procedures used in the manuscript and provide any novel computer code used for models, simulations, or statistical analyses.