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Elsevier endorses open-data standards

Dutch publishing firm Elsevier has changed the data guidelines across its journals in a bid to align with transparency and openness standards.

The changes have been rolled out across 1,800 Elsevier journals as part of the company’s plans to meet the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines developed by the Centre for Open Science based in Virginia, United States.

Elsevier now encourages researchers to deposit their data into a repository to make them more accessible and easier to discover. Each Elsevier journal will implement one of five models for data sharing. Two of the options encourage researchers to upload their findings to a data repository, and three of them require researchers to do so. Authors must check the requirements of the specific journal they are submitting to.

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