Share – Link – Cite

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Introducing the STM 2020 Research Data Year

Regardless of the field of study, sharing data is one of the most fundamental aspects of maintaining the integrity of research. The availability of research data plays a vital role in ensuring reproducibility and the ongoing development of Open Science (also known as Open Scholarship or Open Research). There is thus an increasing need to ensure the availability, discoverability and re-usability of research data for all stakeholders working across scholarly communications. 

STM has declared 2020 the ‘STM Research Data Year’ and is working with publishers and other partners to boost effective sharing of research data:

  • SHARE: Increase the number of journals with data policies and articles with Data Availability Statements (DAS)
  • LINK: Increase the number of journals that deposit the data links to the SCHOLIX framework
  • CITE: Increase the citations to datasets along the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles

Getting started information and resources on these actions for publishers are available on this site.

To kick off our activities, we have convened a group of ‘active participant’ publishers who will report their progress towards these three key goals.

Activities for 2020 include:

  • Sharing best practices and creating collateral making it easy for publishers to accelerate research data implementations.
  • Organizing meetings (e.g. workshops, webinars), allowing publishers to exchange experiences, tips and lessons learned 
  • Working with individual publishers, including on-site visits supporting implementation efforts 

We are basing our activities on evidence-led, community driven outputs such as:

This website will include a dashboard which will show progress on the SHARE-LINK-CITE goals.

For more information on the STM Research Data Year, or how to join the action plan, please contact Joris van Rossum, STM Research Data Director, at rossum@stm-assoc.org.