In a recent press release, publisher BioMed Central and software developer LabArchives announced a partnership to directly link laboratory data with the publishing process.
The sharing of basic data is more and more expected by colleagues and, in some cases, required by funders. Having access to datasets ensures that the pace of scientific discovery is not unnecessarily hindered by data being kept under lock and key or hidden away in lab drawers (sometimes referred to as “science’s dark data”).
Through this new collaboration, authors submitting articles to selected BioMed Central journals will be provided with complimentary subscriptions to an enhanced version of the popular LabArchives Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software:
- 100Mb of complimentary storage;
- optional integrated submission to BioMed Central’s journals;
- Published datasets can be assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).
A DOI serves as a permanent identifier for a dataset, making data more discoverable and citable, helping to enable scientists to get credit for publishing their data and permanently link journal articles to supporting data.
As the open data movement continues to grow in strength, expect additional publishers to announce similar partnerships or alliances.