Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The philosophy behind open data has been long established, but the term itself is fairly new and gaining popularity with the rise of the Internet. This interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “Does Adopting a Strict Data Sharing Policy Affect Submissions?

Researchers, government agencies, funders and publishers are implementing policies, best practices, and models for data sharing. Together these new developments in data sharing are providing critical new opportunities for innovations, services, and discoveries in scholarly output and communications. And while these initiatives have the potential to deliver benefits to society as a whole, they can also be complicated and challenging at the same time.

When it comes to policies around data sharing there are expected effects that could negatively impact submissions. However, it is important to remember that journal submissions are affected by a wide range of factors, not just data sharing policies.

Melody K. Smith

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