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Publish a Data Note in All Life

Maximize the potential of your research data with data notes

Effective data sharing extends beyond simply depositing your dataset in a repository. Maximize the visibility and impact of your research data and gain extra credit for your work with data notes.

What is a data note?

Data notes are a short peer-reviewed article type that concisely describe research data stored in a repository. They increase the discoverability and transparency of your research, helping to comply with funder mandates on data sharing and make data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable).

Data notes do not include any analysis or conclusions but may be linked to a research article incorporating analysis of the published dataset, as well as the results and conclusions. They may also highlight standalone data sets stored in a repository.

All Life is a multidisciplinary open access journal accepting submissions of data notes for peer review across a broad scope of subjects in the life sciences. Visit the Aims & Scope page to explore the subject-led sections.

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    How do I write a data note?

    Data notes concisely describe your research data to increase the visibility and transparency of your research, and are peer-reviewed to support the reuse of valuable research data. They include:

    • Dataset rationale, protocol, and validation details

    • Information about any limitations of the dataset

    • Information on where and how to access the dataset, as part of a Data Availability Statement

    • Reference to the dataset using a formal citation

    • Where applicable, cite and summarize any previous publications that use the data presented

    Data notes do not include any analyses or conclusions, but promote the discoverability and potential reuse of research data by providing a detailed description of the dataset itself. This gives credit to data producers with a citable, peer-reviewed publication, and supports new research collaborations across disciplines.

    Download our data note template to help with writing and preparing your data note submission.

    Why publish a data note in All Life?

    Publishing a data note in All Life allows you to:

    • Maximize the potential of your research data by being transparent about how and why your research data was created and where it is stored.

    • Gain appropriate credit for your research data with a citable, peer-reviewed publication.

    • Share information about your scientific datasets in a highly discoverable, useable and reproducible way.

    • Foster new collaborations across disciplines by helping others to find, use and reproduce your datasets.

    • Support FAIR data principles and comply with funder mandates for open data if this is required by your funder, institution, or employer.

    Before you submit your research, please read and adhere to our our Instructions for Authors.

    Publicly Available Data Sharing Policy

    Authors are required to make supporting data and materials freely available before submission in a suitable repository under any Creative Commons license. You will be prompted to provide a data availability statement with your submission.

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    Guide to Data Sharing

    Learn more about the benefits of sharing your research data and how you can comply with data sharing policies.

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    Data Note Guide for Authors

    Download our data note template to help with writing and preparing your data note submission.

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