Scientometrics

, Volume 107, Issue 1, pp 1–13

Correlation between impact factor and public availability of published research data in Information Science and Library Science journals

  • Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
  • Luz María Moreno-Solano
  • Antonia Ferrer Sapena
  • Enrique Alfonso Sánchez Pérez
Article

Abstract

Scientists continuously generate research data but only a few of them are published. If these data were accessible and reusable, researchers could examine them and generate new knowledge. Our purpose is to determine whether there is a relationship between the impact factor and the policies concerning open availability of raw research data in journals of Information Science and Library Science (ISLS) subject category from the Web of Science database. We reviewed the policies related to public availability of papers and data sharing in the 85 journals included in the ISLS category of the Journal Citation Reports in 2012. The relationship between public availability of published data and impact factor of journals is analysed through different statistical tests. The variable “statement of complementary material” was accepted in 50 % of the journals; 65 % of the journals support “reuse”; 67 % of the journals specified “storage in thematic or institutional repositories”; the “publication of the manuscript in a website” was accepted in 69 % of the journals. We have found a 50 % of journals that include the possibility to deposit data as supplementary material, and more than 60 % accept reuse, storage in repositories and publication in websites. There is a clear positive relationship between being a top journal in impact factor ranking of JCR and having an open policy.

Keywords

Information Science and Library Science Open research data Public availability Impact factor Correlation Scientific journals 

References

  1. Aleixandre-Benavent, R., Vidal-Infer, A., Alonso-Arroyo, A., Valderrama-Zurián, J. C., Bueno-Cañigral, F., & Ferrer-Sapena, A. (2014). Public availability of published research data in substance abuse journals. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, 1143–1146.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Alsheikh-Ali, A. A., Qureshi, W., Al-Mallah, M. H., & Ioannidis, J. P. A. (2011). Public availability of published research data in high-impact journals. PLoS One, 6(9), e24357.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Anderson, B. J., & Merry, A. F. (2009). Data sharing for pharmacokinetic studies. Paediatr Anaesthes, 19(10), 1005–1010.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Blahous, B., Gorraiz, J., Gumpenberger, C., Lehner, O., Stein, B., & Ulrych, U. (2015). Research data policies in scientific journals—An empirical study. Zeitschrift fur Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie, 62(1), 12–24.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Borrego, A., & Garcia, F. (2013). Provision of supplementary materials in Library and Information Science scholarly journals. Aslib Proceedings, 65(5), 503–514.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Cech, T. R. (2003). Sharing publication-related data and materials: responsibilities of authorship in the life sciences. www.nap.edu/books/0309088593/html. Accessed 24 November 2015
  7. CODATA. (2015). http://www.codata.org. Accessed 21 February 2015
  8. Conradie, P., & Choenni, S. (2014). On the barriers for local government releasing open data. Government Information Quarterly, 31, S10–S17.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. De Castro, P., Calzolari, A., Napolitani, F., Maria Rossi, A., Mabile, L., Cambon-Thomsen, A., & Bravo, E. (2013). Open data sharing in the context of bioresources. Acta Informatica Medica, 21(4), 291–292.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Digital Curation Centre (DCC). (2015). http://www.dcc.ac.uk. Accessed 4 March 2015
  11. European Commission. (2015). Guidelines on open access to scientific publications and research data in Horizon 2020. European Commission, 2013. http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/oa_pilot/h2020-hi-oa-pilot-guide_en.pdf. Accessed 15 March 2015
  12. Fear, K. (2015). Building outreach on assessment: Researcher compliance with journal policies for data sharing. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 41(6), 18–21.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. González, L. M., Saorín, T., Ferrer, A., Aleixandre-Benavent, R., & Peset, F. (2013). Gestión de datos de investigación: infraestructuras para su difusión. Professional Information, 22, 414–423.Google Scholar
  14. Jones, R. B., Reeves, D., & Martinez, C. S. (2012). Overview of electronic data sharing: Why, how, and impact. Current Oncology Reports, 14(6), 486–493.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Kaye, J. (2012). The tension between data sharing and the protection of privacy ingenomics research. Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics, 13, 415–431.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Leonelli, S., Smirnoff, N., Moore, J., Cook, C., & Bastow, R. (2013). Making open data work for plant scientists. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64(14), 4109–41017.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. National Institutes of Health (NIH). (2015). Data sharing policy. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/data_sharing/index.htm. Accessed 3 March 2015
  18. National Science Foundation (NSF). (2014). Dissemination and sharing of research results. NSF Data Sharing Policy. http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp. Accessed 21 November 2014
  19. Nelson, B. (2009). Data sharing: Empty archives. Nature, 461(7261), 160–163.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Open Knowledge Foundation. (2015). https://okfn.org/. Accessed 3 March 2015
  21. Pisani, E., & AbouZahr, C. (2010). Sharing health data: Good intentions are not enough. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88(6), 462–466.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Piwowar, H. A., Day, R. S., & Fridsma, D. B. (2007). Sharing detailed research data is associated with increased citation rate. PLoS One, 2(3), e308.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Piwowar, H. A., & Chapman, W.W. (2008). A review of journal policies for sharing research data. http://precedings.nature.com/documents/1700/version/1.hdl:10101/npre.2008.1700.1. Accessed 11 December 2015
  24. Piwowar, H. A., & Todd, J. (2013). Data reuse and the open data citation advantage. PeerJ, 1, e175.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data). (2015). http://www.re3data.org/2014/03/re3data-org-from-funding-to-growing/. Accessed 5 March 2015
  26. Savage, C. J., & Vickers, A. J. (2009). Empirical study of data saharing by authors publishing in PLOS journals. PLoS One, 4(9), e7078.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. Sayogo, D. S., & Pardo, T. A. (2013). Exploring the determinants of scientific data sharing: Understanding the motivation to publish research data. Government Information Quarterly, 30, S19–S31.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Spencer, H. (2015). Thoughts on the sharing of data and research materials and the role of journal policies. http://web.stanford.edu/~vcs/Nov21/hilary_spencer_rdcscsJan2010.pdf. Accessed 11 December 2015
  29. Sturges, P., Bamkin, M., Anders, J., & Hussain, A. (2014). Journals and their policies on research data sharing. https://jordproject.wordpress.com/reportsand-article/journals-and-their-policies-on-research-data-sharing/. Accessed 24 November 2015
  30. Tenenbaum, J. D., Sansone, S. A., & Haendel, M. (2007). A sea of standards for omics data: sink or swim? Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 21(2), 200–203.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Tenopir, C., Allard, S., Douglass, K., Aydinoglu, A. U., Wu, L., Read, E., et al. (2011). Data sharing by scientists: Practices and perceptions. PLoS One, 6(6), e21101.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. The Royal Society Publishing. (2015). http://royalsocietypublishing.org/data-sharing. Accessed 15 March 2015
  33. Toronto International Data Release Workshop Authors. (2009). Prepublication data sharing. Nature, 461(7261), 168–170.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Van Noorden, R. (2013). Data-sharing: Everything on display. Nature, 500, 243–245.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Wellcome Trust. (2015). Data sharing. http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Spotlight-issues/Data-sharing/. Accessed 21 January 2015

Copyright information

© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
    • 1
  • Luz María Moreno-Solano
    • 2
  • Antonia Ferrer Sapena
    • 3
  • Enrique Alfonso Sánchez Pérez
    • 4
  1. 1.Instituto de Gestión de la Innovación y del Conocimiento-Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), UISYSUniversidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.IFS, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS)CSICMadridSpain
  3. 3.DCADHAUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Instituto Universitario de Matemática Pura y AplicadaUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain

Personalised recommendations