Open data

We believe that data should be open, accessible and reusable. Open access to knowledge (both datasets and research papers) inherently facilitates interdisciplinary research and pushes the boundaries of discovery.

Many researchers are motivated to share their data but are often faced with challenges in doing so. As a publisher we want to advance discovery and drive the development of open research by supporting data sharing and accessibility.

Questions about open data?

Please contact us.

How can we support you?

Data policies

Find out more about our new data policies. These reduce the complexity of data availability requirements to four simple types.

Data services

Our new data support service helps authors share their research outputs more efficiently during the publishing process.

Data helpdesk

Our helpdesk provides free advice on sharing or publishing your research data, including adhering to policies and finding repositories.

Why openly share research data?

Community involvement

We work with the scientific community in a variety of ways to improve data management and publication, which include:

  • Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Head of Data Publishing at Springer Nature, is co-chair of the Research Data Alliance interest group on Data Policy standardisation and implementation
  • Amye Kenall, Global Head of Life Sciences at BMC, is a committee member of FORCE11
  • We have represented publishers in the Industry Advisory Committee of Elixir, a major EU bioinformatics data infrastructure project

Data publications

Through data publishing, we aim to make scientific data more reusable, discoverable, interpretable, and citable.

Springer Nature’s flagship open data journal, Scientific Data, offers authors the ability to describe and share their research data with a wide audience. Our Research Data Support Helpdesk helps authors and editors find out how best to deal with their data and understand funder and institute mandates. With journal-level Research Data Policies, we ensure that the data at the heart of scholarly research are appropriately archived and, where possible, widely accessible.

BMC Research Notes publishes dark data - single observations, short null results, orphan data and confirmatory results, among others. We believe this data can contribute to developments in the scientific field, so we launched BMC Research Notes to give it a home. The ‘Data notes’ article type gives authors a peer reviewed, citeable summary of their data.

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Event: Better Science through Better Data 2017 (#scidata17)

Following the success of last year's event, Better Science through Better Data (#scidata17) is back – on 25th October 2017 – this year for a day of talks and demos exploring how open research is put into practice.

For this year's conference, Scientific Data and Springer Nature are again partnering with Wellcome Trust to stage the event, which will cover the benefits, unintended consequences and practicalities of managing and publishing research data.

This will include a focus on the needs of early career researchers, such as data skills, career progression, and good practice for sharing data alongside peer-reviewed publications. We also anticipate showing examples of innovative approaches to data sharing and reuse, and demos of tools and resources available to researchers to help them, and their research community, make the best use of their research data.

The event will involve a number of short “lightning” talks and demos from researchers and students presenting case studies of research data sharing, data reuse and associated tools in action.

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT - DUE TO HIGH DEMAND MORE TICKETS WILL POTENTIALLY BE RELEASED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAITLIST TO BE THE FIRST IN LINE FOR WHEN NEW TICKETS BECOME AVAILABLE.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Time: 09:00 to 17:30 (BST)

Target group: Researcher, Manager

Location: Wellcome Collection

              183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE

              London, United Kingdom

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