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Research Data Management Resources

Data Policies

“The Administration is committed to ensuring that, to the greatest extent and with the fewest constraints possible…, the direct results of federally funded scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community.” John Holdren, OSTP Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies (2013)
“Publicly funded research data are a public good, produced in the public interest, which should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible in a timely and responsible manner that does not harm intellectual property.” RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy (2012)


Sherpa/Juliet is a searchable database of funders' publishing and data archiving policies. 

The DMPTool maintains a list of funder requirements, templates, and sample plans.  

Funder Data Policies

NIH Data Sharing Policy: Awards of $500K or more in direct costs are required to submit a plan for data sharing in the grant application. Effective since October, 2003.  

HHMI Policy for the Sharing of Publication-related Materials, Data, and Software: If data related to the publication can not be included in the publication itself, access to the data should be made freely online via a disciplinary repository or other means. Effective since May, 2007. 

NSF Data Management Plan Requirement: Any proposal to the NSF must include a 2-page supplemental Data Management Plan detailing how the project will conform to NSF Policy on the Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results. Effective since January, 2011. 

Publisher Data Policies

Publisher may have specific requirements regarding the availability and retention of data that supports conclusions they publish. For example: 


PLOS recently revised their policy on the Sharing of Data, Materials, and Software to reflect the principle that "to best foster scientific progress, the underlying data from an article should be made freely available for researchers to use, wherever this is legal and ethical." Effective March 2014, PLOS requires that authors include a Data Availability Statement describing where and how others can access the data that underlies their published findings. Read Policy FAQs

Nature Publishing Group requires that data underlying publishing findings "must be made freely available to readers from the date of publication, and must be provided to editors and peer-reviewers at submission, for the purposes of evaluating the manuscript." They recommend several disciplinary data repositories for certain types of data. Read their Availaiblity policy. 

Springer Nature has issued a set of data policies that they are encouraging all of their journals to adhere to. There are four types of policies which support different levels of data sharing and data deposition. Read more about their research data policies

Journal Data Policies

Do the journals that you publish in have data availability, submission, or retention policies? The top 10 journals where UMMS authors publish and their relevant policies are listed below. 

Journal Publisher Data Policy
Journal of Biological Chemisry American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Structural data must be included as a supplement to the online paper.
PNAS National Academy of Science Authors are encouraged to use SI to show all necessary data. Authors are encouraged to deposit as much of their data as possible in publicly accessible databases.
Journal of Immunology American Association of Immunologists High resolution structural data [and] original nucleotide sequences, determined nucleotide sequences encoding reported amino acid sequences, and files of nucleotide sequences derived from high throughput/deep sequencing described in the manuscript must be submitted to the appropriate public database at the time of manuscript submission. 
Journal of Virology American Society for Microbiology Newly determined nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence data must be deposited and GenBank/ENA/DDBJ accession numbers must be included in the manuscript no later than the modification stage of the review process. 
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry Wiley-Blackwell n/a
Molecular and Cellular Biology American Society for Microbiology Nucleotide/amino acid sequence data, coordinates for new structures of macromoleculesdetermined by x-ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy, and all supporting microarray data... 
Journal of Cell Biology Rockerfeller University Press Author must make all data freely available upon request...
Cell Elsevier Mandatory deposition of DNA and protein sequences, biological macromolecules, and microarray data to public repositories; recommended availability of additional data sets...
Biochemistry American Chemical Society Protein sequences and structural data must be deposited in a public repository; authors are encouraged to submit circular dichronism and other datasets....
Science American Association for the Advancement of Science All data necessary to understand the paper must be made available to any reader in an approved public database or as supplemental materials....

UMass Medical Policies