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Data curation

As scholarly institutions, societies, and researchers are well aware, debate about the production, use, and curation of research data (anything produced by the experimental, observational, or theoretical activities of researchers) has become steadily more intense in recent years. Pressures include financial resources, funder mandates, formatting and storage questions, provenance, and academic accreditation concerns. As key stakeholders in supporting scholarly communication, publishers too are interested in contributing both to discussions and to progress.

As a result, we are actively working with existing and emerging bodies, such as CODATA, the World Data System, the Research Data Alliance, DataCite and NISO to advance initiatives which will ultimately enable research data to be used, re-used, cited and accredited.

PREPARDE

We are also proud to be a core partner of the  PREPARDE (Peer REview for Publication & Accreditation of Research data in the Earth sciences) project which is capturing the processes and procedures required to publish a scientific dataset, ranging from ingestion into a data repository, through to formal publication in a data journal.

Society journals and the future of advertising

In 2014, Outsell interviewed 20 scholarly and professional societies and found that 61% of their revenue was derived from publishing. The sources of that revenue, which are primarily driven by subscriptions, are under a great deal of pressure however, and societies are increasingly looking for other ways to make income. Advertising can be a great…

By Stephen Jezzard and Gavin Sharrock