Research data publishing

Nature Research's Scientific Data and BMC Research Notes are two of our open access, online-only journals that publish article summaries of scientifically valuable datasets.


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Scientific Data

Scientific Data, published by Nature Research, is a peer-reviewed, open access journal for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets and research that advances the sharing and reuse of scientific data. 

  • Scientific Data welcomes submissions from a broad range of research disciplines, including descriptions of big or small datasets, from major consortiums to single research groups. 
  • Scientific Data primarily publishes Data Descriptors, a special type of publication that focuses on helping others reuse data, and crediting those who share. 
  • Content is hosted on – the destination of millions of scientists globally every month. 
  • Publications are indexed in PubMed, MEDLINE, Google Scholar and Clarivate's Web of Science, and are automatically deposited into PubMed Central.

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BMC Research Notes

BMC Research Notes is where researchers can publish short notes and observations. Our new article type, Data Note, was launched specifically to make it easier for authors to write-up and publish their data outputs, and for other researchers to find, cite and share them. 

  • Data Notes allow you to describe your data without the need for analysis or interpretation.
  • Data Notes are short and easy to consume (less than 1,000 words).
  • A Data Note increases data visibility and supports the reuse and sharing of valuable research data.
  • Data Notes follow the format: objective, data description and limitations - making them easy for other researchers to learn from and re-use.
  • Data Notes cover all scientific disciplines.
  • The journal is ideal for data that may be previously hidden – and which could be the missing piece others are looking for!

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