The “Guide to referees” builds on our earlier blog post introducing our referee questionnaire, and includes more detailed information on our criteria for publication and peer-review process.
Our “Editorial and publishing policies” introduce some important features that set Scientific Data apart as a new kind of data-focused publication:
- Focused scope: Data Descriptors published at Scientific Data will stay focused on providing detailed descriptions of valuable datasets, and will not contain new scientific conclusions or interpretive analysis.
- Complementary publication: Data Descriptors may describe datasets that are analysed in other publications or may be standalone descriptions of new datasets.
- A clear policy on prior publication: The Nature-titled journals have agreed to clear conditions under which prior Data Descriptor publications will not be considered as compromising the novelty of new research manuscript submissions.
- Strong data deposition standards: Authors will be required, in all cases, to deposit datasets in a trusted data repository and make them accessible to editors and referees before Scientific Data will consider a submission for peer-review.
We will be periodically releasing additional information as we run up to our “Call for Submissions” at the end of September or beginning of October, including:
- Detailed information on our data deposition policies
- Information for prospective authors of Data Descriptors, including submission & formatting guidelines and helpful templates