ACS Publications Partners with Digital Science's Figshare to Promote Open Data Discovery and Use | Lab Manager
"The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today a strategic partnership with Figshare (http://figshare.com), an open repository that promotes broad discoverability of scientific research data. The ACS-Figshare partnership will not only provide for improved archiving and access to open data sets and other supporting information that often accompany articles published in the Society's preeminent portfolio of peer-reviewed research journals, but will also better enable reader interaction with, and citation of, such ancillary information of importance to the scientific record. An interactive widget powered by Figshare enables readers to view myriad data and other supporting information. Authors can submit information in more than 100 file formats, including video and multimedia files, tabular data and crystallographic data, to accompany their peer-reviewed articles. Open access to such supporting data within any ACS journal will be freely available to all users via the Society's publications website (http://pubs.acs.org). Researchers publishing with ACS also will now have a mechanism for recognition and citation of their primary research data, which is an important consideration in the context of emerging funder requirements for managing and preserving such underlying information. To aid authors in the fulfillment of these requirements, ACS is facilitating automated deposition of Supporting Information (SI) files to a secure hosting environment, free from any restrictions on size and format. In addition, ACS as publisher will assign Digital Object Identifier (known as DOI) tags to author-submitted SI files, thus enabling a mechanism for systematic citation of such research outputs. An additional benefit of the ACS-Figshare collaboration will be contributing to broader data discoverability, as the SI material will be searchable via Google and other major search engines and Web referral pathways ..."