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Reuse of scientific data in academic publications

Reuse of scientific data in academic publications Purpose– In recent years, a large number of data repositories have been built and used. However, the extent to which scientific data are re-used in academic publications is still unknown. The purpose of this paper is to explore the functions of re-used scientific data in scholarly publication in different fields. Design/methodology/approach– To address these questions, the authors identified 827 publications citing resources in the Dryad Digital Repository indexed by Scopus from 2010 to 2015. Findings– The results show that: the number of citations to scientific data increases sharply over the years, but mainly from data-intensive disciplines, such as agricultural, biology science, environment science and medicine; the majority of citations are from the originating articles; and researchers tend to reuse data produced by their own research groups. Research limitations/implications– Dryad data may be re-used without being formally cited. Originality/value– The conservatism in data sharing suggests that more should be done to encourage researchers to re-use other’s data. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aslib Journal of Information Management Emerald Publishing

Reuse of scientific data in academic publications

Aslib Journal of Information Management , Volume 68 (4): 17 – Jul 18, 2016

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2050-3806
DOI
10.1108/AJIM-01-2016-0008
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Abstract

Purpose– In recent years, a large number of data repositories have been built and used. However, the extent to which scientific data are re-used in academic publications is still unknown. The purpose of this paper is to explore the functions of re-used scientific data in scholarly publication in different fields. Design/methodology/approach– To address these questions, the authors identified 827 publications citing resources in the Dryad Digital Repository indexed by Scopus from 2010 to 2015. Findings– The results show that: the number of citations to scientific data increases sharply over the years, but mainly from data-intensive disciplines, such as agricultural, biology science, environment science and medicine; the majority of citations are from the originating articles; and researchers tend to reuse data produced by their own research groups. Research limitations/implications– Dryad data may be re-used without being formally cited. Originality/value– The conservatism in data sharing suggests that more should be done to encourage researchers to re-use other’s data.

Journal

Aslib Journal of Information ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 18, 2016

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