A list of Data Journals (in no particular order)

We don't want to reinvent the wheel when it comes to writing guidelines for data journals, hence it makes sense to see what's out there in terms of pre-exisiting data journals, and what their guidelines are.

Below is a (non-exhaustive, in no particular order) list of the data journals we know of, either through personal experience or through internet searches.

(Thanks to Tom Pollard for the details about Ubiquity Press and Iryna Kuchma and Simon Hodson for pointing out other journals I missed.)

Name of Data Journal

Geoscience Data Journal  http://www.geosciencedata.com

Aims and Scope


Geoscience Data Journal provides an Open Access platform where scientific data can be formally published, in a way that includes scientific peer-review. Thus the dataset creator attains full credit for their efforts, while also improving the scientific record, providing version control for the community and allowing major datasets to be fully described, cited and discovered.

An online-only journal, GDJ publishes short data papers cross-linked to – and citing – datasets that have been deposited in approved data centres and awarded DOIs. The journal will also accept articles on data services, and articles which support and inform data publishing best practices.

Repository Criteria


Other notes Open access for papers, doesn’t mandate open access for datasets.

Name of Data Journal

Earth System Science Data


Aims and Scope

Earth System Science Data (ESSD) is an international, interdisciplinary journal for the publication of articles on original research data(sets), furthering the reuse of high (reference) quality data of benefit to Earth System Sciences. The editors encourage submissions on original data or data collections which are of sufficient quality and potential impact to contribute to these aims.

Repository Criteria  http://www.earth-system-science-data.net/general_information/repository_criteria.html

Other notes

Datasets need to be open access and have a persistent ID (e.g. DOI)

Name of Data Journal

Ecological Archives - Data Papers


Aims and Scope

Ecological Archives publishes materials that are supplemental to articles that appear in the ESA journals (Ecology, Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs, Ecosphere, and Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America), as well as peer-reviewed data papers with abstracts published in the printed journals. Ecological Archives is published in digital, Internet-accessible form.

Repository Criteria

In addition, all authors are encouraged to register their data at ESA's official Data Registry at data.esa.org

Other notes

Page about what ESA considers a data paper and guidelines for reviewers at  http://esapubs.org/archive/instruct_d.htm

Doesn't seem to give any information about what constitutes an appropriate data repository.

Name of Data Journal

Hindawi publishing:


  • Dataset Papers in Agriculture
  • Dataset Papers in Biology
  • Dataset Papers in Chemistry
  • Dataset Papers in Ecology
  • Dataset Papers in Geosciences
  • Dataset Papers in Materials Science
  • Dataset Papers in Medicine
  • Dataset Papers in Nanotechnology
  • Dataset Papers in Neuroscience
  • Dataset Papers in Pharmacology
  • Dataset Papers in Physics

Aims and Scope

The following seems to cover all the dataset journals:

Dataset Papers in Geosciences is a peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to the publication of dataset papers in all areas of geosciences.

Dataset Papers in Geosciences is part of a series of journals devoted to the dissemination of dataset papers covering a wide range of academic disciplines. In addition to publishing dataset papers, the journal hosts the underlying data that is associated with these papers and makes it accessible to all researchers worldwide.

Repository Criteria

None – the journal hosts the underlying dataset

Name of Data Journal

Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data


Aims and Scope

The Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data is a monthly journal devoted to the publication of experimental data and the evaluation and prediction of property values. It is the only American Chemical Society journal primarily concerned with articles containing experimental data on the physical, thermodynamic, and transport properties of welldefined materials including complex mixtures of known compositions and systems of environmental and biochemical interest.

Repository Criteria


The Journal operates in

cooperation with the Thermodynamics Research Center (TRC) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to process manuscripts.

Name of Data Journal



Aims and Scope

GigaScience? aims to revolutionize data dissemination, organization, understanding, and use. An online open-access open-data journal, we publish 'big-data' studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences. To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data and provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources.

Repository Criteria


Data and materials release Submission of a manuscript to GigaScience? implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes. Nucleic acid sequences, protein sequences, and atomic coordinates should be deposited in an appropriate database in time for the accession number to be included in the published article. In computational studies where the sequence information is unacceptable for inclusion in databases because of lack of experimental validation, the sequences must be published as an additional file with the article.

Provides suggested repositories and citation methods for:

  • Nucleotide sequences
  • Protein sequences
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Structures
  • Chemical structures and assays
  • Functional genomics data (such as microarray, RNA-seq or ChIP-seq data)
  • Computational modeling
  • Plasmids

Other notes

Open access, open data journal.

No APCs at this time

Name of Data Journal

Journal of Physical and Chemical Research Data


Aims and Scope


Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data is published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); content is published online daily, collected into quarterly online and printed issues (4 issues per year). The objective of the Journal is to provide critically evaluated physical and chemical property data, fully documented as to the original sources and the criteria used for evaluation, preferably with uncertainty analysis. Critical reviews of measurement techniques may also be included if they shed light on the accuracy of available data in a technical area. Papers reporting correlations of data or estimation methods are acceptable only if they are based on critical data evaluation and if they produce “reference data”—the best available values for the relevant properties. The journal is not intended as a publication outlet for original experimental measurements such as those normally reported in the primary research literature, nor for review articles of a descriptive or primarily theoretical nature.

Repository Criteria

Can’t find any

Name of Data Journal

Biodiversity Data Journal


Aims and Scope

 http://www.pensoft.net/journals/bdj/about/Focus%20and%20Scope#Focus and Scope

Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) is a community peer-reviewed, open-access, comprehensive online platform, designed to accelerate publishing, dissemination and sharing of biodiversity-related data of any kind. All structural elements of the articles – text, morphological descriptions, occurrences, data tables, etc. – will be treated and stored as DATA, in accordance with the Data Publishing Policies and Guidelines of Pensoft Publishers.

Repository Criteria


Best practice recommendations:

  • Deposition of data in an established international repository is always to be preferred to supplementary files published on a journal‘s website.8
  • Occurrence-by-species records should be deposited through GBIF IPT.
  • Genomic data should be deposited at GenBank?, either directly or via an affiliated repository, e.g. Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD).
  • Phylogenetic data should be deposited at TreeBASE, either directly or through the Dryad Data Repository.
  • All other biological data, including heterogeneous datasets, should be deposited in the Dryad Data Repository.
  • Repositories not mentioned above, including institutional repositories, may be used at the discretion of the author.
  • Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) or other persistent links (URLs) to the data deposited in repositories, as well as the name of the repository, should always be published in the paper describing that data resource.

Other Repositories mentioned

  • The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB)
  • The National Biological Information Infrastructure
  • DataBasin?
  • DataONE
  • The PaleoBiology? Database
  • The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB)‘s Protein

Data Bank (PDB)

  • The Universal Protein Resource (UniProt?)

Other notes

Data publishing policies and guidelines give a good overview of what’s needed in general for data publishing.  http://www.pensoft.net/J_FILES/Pensoft_Data_Publishing_Policies_and_Guidelines.pdf

Name of Data Journal

F1000 Research


Aims and Scope

from  http://f1000research.com/about/

Data Publication: F1000 Research promotes publication, refereeing and sharing of full datasets to encourage collaboration and accelerate scientific discovery. Data articles are citable and authors are credited when data are reused.

From  http://f1000research.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/F1000R-Online-Information-Pack.pdf

Data Articles: A dataset (or set of datasets) together with the associated methods/protocol used to generate the data. A Data Article may be published as a stand-alone article, or in conjunction with a Research Article

Repository Criteria

Can’t find anything, but are partnering with Dryad, biosharing and figshare.

APCs include up to 1 GB of data. For 1-5 GB of data with an article, an additional US $200 to cover the storage costs is charged. Beyond 5 GB of data, authors are asked to contact F1000R to discuss the costs.

Other notes

The information pack at  http://f1000research.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/F1000R-Online-Information-Pack.pdf

gives information about the publication model being used.

Name of Data Journal (website)

International Journal of Robotics Research


Aims and Scope

from  http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201324#tabview=aimsAndScope

Repository Criteria

From  http://www.uk.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdf/Data_Papers_Submissions.pdf

Peer Review and hosting Datasets from Data Papers

It is the intent of IJRR to solicit archival quality data, which means that all aspects of the Data Paper and associated dataset will be peer reviewed. Our aim is to provide an archival service to authors, however this is an ongoing process, and while we aim ultimately to host all datasets and their supporting websites, it is anticipated that initially many data papers will refer to websites hosted and author managed.

Other notes

Guidelines for submissions of Data papers  http://www.uk.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdf/Data_Papers_Submissions.pdf

Name of Data Journal

CODATA's Data Science Journal


Aims and Scope

The Data Science Journal is a Journal of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) of the International Council for Science (ICSU)

The Data Science Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal publishing papers on the management of data and databases in Science and Technology. The scope of the Journal includes descriptions of data systems, their publication on the internet, applications and legal issues. All of the Sciences are covered, including the Physical Sciences, Engineering, the Geosciences and the Biosciences, along with Agricultural and the Medical Sciences.

The Journal publishes data or data compilations, if the quality of data is excellent or if significant efforts are required in compilation.

Scope of the journal is a long list at  http://www.codata.org/dsj/scope.html

Repository Criteria

It looks like data is stored as part of the supplemental information  http://www.codata.org/dsj/submissions.html


Ubiquity Press:  http://www.ubiquitypress.com/

Name of Data Journals

Aims and Scope

Ubiquity Press metajournals provide a fully open access way to discover research resources that are spread across multiple locations and usually hard to find. Metapapers reward authors for openly archiving their research datasets, software and reports, through citation and impact tracking. The publications encourage new and more efficient research, new collaborations, and reuse by the public (e.g. for teaching and journalism). UP metapapers come in three flavours:

  • Data papers highlight openly archived data with high reuse potential, and provide recognition for the producers of the data.
  • Software papers help you to locate openly archived, reusable code relevant to your research, and provide a mechanism for citing its use.
  • Research reports provide concise summaries of key developments in a field that the community do not otherwise have access to.

All papers are peer reviewed to ensure that the associated resources have been archived in suitable repositories, according to appropriate open standards.

Repository Criteria

Ubiquity Press Metajournals provide a list of repositories recommended for the archiving of datasets. For example:

Other notes

All papers and data are fully open access

Name of Data Journal

BMC Research Notes


Aims and Scope

BMC Research Notes is an open access journal publishing scientifically sound research across all fields of biology and medicine. The journal provides a home for short publications, case series, and incremental updates to previous work with the intention of reducing the loss suffered by the research community when such results remain unpublished.

BMC Research Notes also encourages the publication of software tools, databases and data sets and a key objective of the journal is to ensure that associated data files will, wherever possible, be published in standard, reusable formats.

Repository Criteria

Under "Publishing data" in  http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcresnotes/authors/instructions/datanote

Other Notes

"Authors linking datasets to their publications should include an Availability of supporting data section in their manuscript and cite the dataset in their reference list."

And finally, a model journal:

Name of Journal

Geoscientific Model Development (GMD)


Aims and Scope

Geoscientific Model Development (GMD) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of the description, development and evaluation of numerical models of the Earth System and its components. Manuscript types considered for peer-reviewed publication are:

Geoscientific model descriptions, from box models to GCMs; Development and Technical papers, describing development such as new parameterisations or technical aspects of running models such as the reproducibility of results; Papers describing new standard experiments for assessing model performance, or novel ways of comparing model results with observational data;

Model intercomparison descriptions, including experimental details and project protocols.

Repository Criteria

None specified

Other notes

Not a Data Journal as such, but serves a similar function for the modelling community.

  • Posted: 2012-10-19 10:28 (Updated: 2013-01-22 16:55)
  • Author: Sarah Callaghan
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