Data Policy

As a condition for publication of a manuscript in Ecological Applications, all data associated with the results must be made available in a permanent, publicly accessible data archive or repository.

Authors are strongly encouraged to deposit the data underlying their manuscripts in the Dryad data repository or Figshare, which both provide flexible platforms for a wide variety of digital data. Other permanent depositories include GenBank for DNA sequences, ORNL-DAAC for biogeochemical data, Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity and the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), as well as institutional repositories such as that at the University of Illinois.

Archived data should be sufficiently complete so that subsequent users can repeat tables, graphs, and statistical analyses reported in the original publication, and derive summary statistics for new or meta- analyses. Thus, the normal resolution of the data that are archived will be at the level of individual observations.

Publication in Ecological Applications constitutes publication of the data, which are then citable, and the desire of authors to control additional research with these data shall not generally be grounds for withholding published data.  Sensitive information including but not limited to 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.  Data must be registered and available at the time of publication, although in specific cases, data registration and metadata availability at the time of acceptance, with a firm subsequent date for release of primary data may be acceptable.

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.

Authors will be responsible for any fees charged by external data repositories in order to comply with the data archiving requirement.