Q. What is a data availability statement? What shall I consider when preparing one for my journal paper?
Data availability statements are used in research paper publications to describe where the underlying data for a research paper can be accessible, typically with hyperlinks to the data. Some publishers such as SpringerNature, Wiley, Taylor & Francis provide templates for authors to use for their data availability statements.
Please consider the following when preparing a data availability statement for your paper:
- Include the DOI of the relevant DR-NTU (Data) dataset based on this convention ‘https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/…’ (persistent URL) instead of webpage URL (e.g., https://researchdata.ntu.edu.sg/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=doi:10.21979/N9/...).
- Include the name of the NTU data repository ‘NTU research data repository DR-NTU (Data)’
- The DOI of a dataset does not change if a dataset, previously in unpublished status, is published later.
- Share your data availability statement with your paper editor as soon as your paper has been accepted so that it can be included before your paper’s official release.
Examples of paper publications with data availability statement with link to DR-NTU (Data) dataset: