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BioMed Central, LabArchives to Link Data Sets With Journal Articles
BioMed Central, a longtime supporter of data sharing and the open data movement, has now partnered with LabArchives, LLC to shed further light on science’s “dark data.” Through this new collaboration, authors submitting articles to selected BioMed Central journals will be provided with complimentary subscriptions to an enhanced version of the popular LabArchives Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software.
LabArchives provides a platform that scientists can use to store and publish their laboratory data. The special BioMed Central version of LabArchives will provide authors with 100 Mb of complimentary storage and optional integrated submission to BioMed Central’s journals. Published data sets can be assigned a digital object identifier (DOI), which serves as a permanent identifier for a data set, making data more discoverable and citable, and helping to enable scientists to get credit for publishing their data and to permanently link journal articles to supporting data.
“As more scientists would like to share data beyond what can practically be included within the confines of a traditional paper, they require easily accessible technological solutions that enable them to achieve this important goal,” said Earl B. Beutler, president and CEO of LabArchives.
Speaking of the partnership, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, journal publisher at BioMed Central, said, “For large datasets which cannot be accommodated within journal articles or additional files, data repositories such as LabArchives, which can assure permanence of published data, are a natural partner for BioMed Central’s journals. We are really looking forward to working with our authors and LabArchives to help scientists gain more credit for sharing their data; make even more scientific data available for reuse; and help enhance the scientific record.”
LabArchives was founded by a team of experts in scientific computing and web-based development. It was established in 2009 to create an affordable and easy-to-use solution to the problem of laboratory organization and collaboration. It is used by scientists on six continents to store, organize, share, and publish laboratory data, as well as by instructors in many leading K–12 institutions and colleges.
Source: LabArchives, LLC
Paula J. Hane
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