1. FAIR data principles
Acta Acustica supports the FAIR data principles: data relevant to research published in an Acta Acustica article should be findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable (see https://www.force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples).
The dataset should be findable through a complete set of metadata, including a license for re-use and a data identifier (DOI or other). The dataset is accessible when access is open. Interoperable means that the data can be used and combined with other datasets in a format that is sufficiently widely distributed. Re-usability is achieved when the dataset is deposited with a corresponding Creative Commons open license and is downloadable. Further, re-usability includes that parameters how this dataset has been collected and machine and experimental conditions are documented.
2. Use of data repositories
Acta Acustica authors are invited to upload supplemental datasets related to their research to an appropriate public data repository, under a Creative Commons (CC) licence. This makes the data available for both human and machine reading in order to further aid the acceleration of scientific discovery. Data repositories generate a unique and persistent data identifier such as a digital object identifier (DOI), making the dataset citable independently of the article. This ensures that authors get credit for their data.
Data repositories allow most file formats, and large datasets. A list of available data repositories is available at https://www.re3data.org/. If you do not have a preferred repository, we recommend the use of the generalist repositories Zenodo or Figshare , or MediHAL for audio and video files.
When uploading your dataset to a repository, please ensure that you set it to “public” so that the data can be consulted during the peer review process and is available to all after publication. If you do not wish to make your data public during the peer review process, you may restrict access to the data and provide the link to the dataset with your submission for the attention of the reviewers. In this case please ensure that you set your data to “public” at the time your article is accepted, so that the data is available to all after publication.
If your article refers to data uploaded in a repository, please add a reference to this dataset in the reference list of your article, and include a Data Availability Statement in your article, see below.
Data uploaded in an external repository are under the scientific responsibility of the authors.
3. Open code
Acta Acustica authors are invited to make the code related to their research publicly available in order to make the research methodology explicit and allow for the replication of processes in subsequent exploratory research. For example GitHub is a widely used platform to host open code. For your repository to truly be open source, you will need to use an open source license (e.g. Creative Commons, GNU) so that others are free to use, change, and distribute the software.
If your article refers to code uploaded in a repository, please add a reference to this code in the reference list of your article, and include a Data Availability Statement in your article (see below).
Open source code uploaded in an external repository is under the scientific responsibility of the authors.
4. Format of data reference
If your article refers to supplementary data or code uploaded in a repository, please add a reference to this dataset in the reference list of your article. Please follow the standard reference format for data or code, for example:
L. Bouffaut (2020). Western Indian Ocean blue whale dataset (Version v1.0) [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3624145L. Bouffaut (2019). WhaleSounds (version 1.0) [Code]. GitHub. https://github.com/JohnBrouillet/Whalesounds
5. Data Availability Statements
As of July 1st, 2023, it is mandatory to include a section titled Data Availability Statement in all articles.
The Data Availability Statement should be included at the end of your article, before the References. Examples of data availability statements can include:
Data Availability Statement
- The research data associated with this article are available in [Name of public data repository], under the reference [DOI or other data identifier]
- Data are available on request from the authors
- The research data associated with this article are included within the article
- The research data associated with this article are included in the supplementary material of this article.
- No new data were created or analysed in this study