Published January 8, 2024 | Version 2 (from 2024-01-08)
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What you should know about data policies in economic and social science journals


When submitting a research paper to a journal, it is increasingly required that the underlying data (i.e., research data) be provided or referenced. Especially in top journals, this has become mandatory in recent years. Consequently, it is essential for authors to familiarise themselves with the data guidelines of the respective journal. In this webinar, we will use some examples of data guidelines from various publishers and journals to show you what you should look out for before submitting a scientific article. First, we will show where you might find the respective data guidelines. We will then explain some of the features of such data guidelines using examples and introduce you to specific elements in individual journals: When and in what form should data be provided? What can I do if sensitive or licensed data is used in the work? To this end, we have analysed relevant guidelines from renowned economic and social science journals and compiled the most important findings. This should help to raise awareness of the journals' data guidelines and help authors to recognise potential pitfalls.


Keywords: research data; data policies; research data management; scholarly journals, economics; social sciences



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  • Novotny, G., & Seyffertitz, T. (2023). Research Data Policies in Scientific Journals – a Case Study. In V. Heuveline, N. Bisheh, & P. . Kling (Hrsg.), E-Science-Tage 2023: Empower Your Research – Preserve Your Data (S. 73-88). heiBOOKS.