Data Policy FAQ

AGU’s Data Policy states that all data necessary to understand, evaluate, replicate, and build upon the reported research must be made available and accessible whenever possible. Please review this FAQ page to see what the new Data Policy means to you as an Editor, Associate Editor, Reviewer, or Author. Information on the history and context of the policy (from the 16 September issue of Eos) is available here.

AUTHORS

AGU’s Data Policy states that all data necessary to understand, evaluate, replicate, and build upon the reported research must be made available and accessible whenever possible. In addition to continuing AGU’s high submission and peer review standards, the policy requires:

[1] that data availability is listed in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript.

[2] Data policy compliance is acknowledged during manuscript submission in GEMS.

[3] If data are not available (such as for proprietary or security reasons), a statement to this effect explaining the details for requesting a data policy waiver is included in the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript AND in the Cover Letter.

[4] AGU encourages citation of data sets according to the ESIP Commons guidelines.

 

Examples of how to report data in your Acknowledgments are as follows (acknowledgments may also include funding or collegial appreciation notes):

Example 1:

Acknowledgments

The data for this paper are available at NOAA’s Comprehensive Large Array Data Stewardship System. Data set: ATMS. Dataset name: TATMS_npp_d20140108_

t2356553_e0004549_b11401_c20140109060453863818_noaa_ops.h5.

Example 2:

Acknowledgments

Data supporting Figure 3 are available as in Supporting Information Table S1.

This work was supported by NSF grant AGS1012665 to Texas A&M University. I thank A. Evan, J. Fasullo, D. Murphy, K. Trenberth, M. Zelinka, and A. J. Dessler for useful comments.

Example 3:

Acknowledgments

Data to support this article are from the U.S. Department of Energy. Because of national security issues, the data cannot be released.

 

If the author makes a request to not release data, the Editor may take any of the following actions:

(1) accept the authors justification for data access restrictions and peer review the paper,

(2) send the paper back to the author to revise the Acknowledgments section and include data access information, or

(3) recommend a refusal-to-publish to the Director of Publications.

If you would like to register your data, please see the list of Editor-recommended Data Repositories, or register for an International Geo Sample Number (IGSN).

See AGU’s Data Policy

EDITORS

AGU’s new Data Policy states that all data necessary to understand, evaluate, replicate, and build upon the reported research must be made available and accessible whenever possible. In addition to continuing AGU’s high submission and peer review standards, the policy allows the Editor to decide whether authors have a legitimate rationale for restricting data access and can:

(1) accept the authors’ justification for data access restrictions and peer review the paper,

(2) send the paper back to the author to revise the Acknowledgments section and include data access information, or

(3) recommend a refusal-to-publish to the Director of Publications.

When reviewing a manuscript, AGU asks Editors, Associate Editors, and Reviewers to pay particular attention to the Acknowledgments section to ensure compliance to the Data Policy.

ASSOCIATE EDITORS

AGU’s new Data Policy states that all data necessary to understand, evaluate, replicate, and build upon the reported research must be made available and accessible whenever possible. In addition to continuing AGU’s high submission and peer review standards, the policy allows the Editor to decide whether or not authors have a legitimate rationale for restricting data access and can:

(1) accept the authors’ justification for data access restrictions and peer review the paper,

(2) send the paper back to the author to revise the Acknowledgments section and include data access information, or

(3) recommend a refusal-to-publish to the Director of Publications.

When reviewing a manuscript, AGU asks Editors, Associate Editors, and Reviewers to pay particular attention to the Acknowledgments section to ensure compliance to the Data Policy. Please report a failure to comply with this policy when making your recommendation to the Editor.

REVIEWERS

AGU’s new Data Policy states that all data necessary to understand, evaluate, replicate, and build upon the reported research must be made available and accessible whenever possible. In addition to continuing AGU’s high submission and peer review standards, the policy allows the Editor to decide whether or not authors have a legitimate rationale for restricting data access and can:

(1) accept the authors’ justification for data access restrictions and peer review the paper,
(2) send the paper back to the author to revise the Acknowledgments section and include data access information, or
(3) recommend a refusal-to-publish to the Director of Publications.

When reviewing a manuscript, AGU asks Editors, Associate Editors, and Reviewers to pay particular attention to the Acknowledgments section to ensure compliance to the Data Policy. Please report a failure to comply with this policy when submitting your review.

See AGU’s Data Policy