STM Guide: Data Availability Statements and data citations for journals and editors

A simple, step-by-step guide for journals and publishers who want to collect and highlight Data Availability Statement (DAS) and data-to-literature links (data citations) within their articles. These resources complement the STM Guide to selecting and implementing data journal policies, below. 

STM Guide: Selecting and implementing a journal data policy

By linking to research data in published articles, journals can help to contextualize the data and increase access to it. This resource, which is based on the work of Hrynaszkiewicz et al., will guide you through the process of selecting and then implementing a journal data policy to best suit your needs. 

The RDP Mantra

SHARE – choosing a data policy

LINK – using Crossref’s schema

CITE – implementing a data policy

Additional Resources


End-t0-end workflow to link research data to literature, and FAIRsFAIR tools in development relevant to publishers (Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Rachael Lammey (Crossref), and Ilona von Stein (FAIRsFAIR), March 22nd (see presentations in the Background Material section below).


DATA POLICIES: Iain Hrynaszkiewicz of PLOS explains what a journal data policy is, and how a Research Data Alliance Interest Group came together to develop a framework to equip publishers to choose, explain and implement data policies across their portfolios. (Both the presentation and slides are available below)


DATA CITATION: Rachael Lammey of Crossref provides links to useful resources on data sharing and citation, information on how Crossref members can cite data in the metadata they send to Crossref, and how that’s then used by initiatives like Scholix. (Both presentation and slides are available below.)


Background material