Introducing Data Notes

Data notes are data descriptors that aim to increase data availability and support the reuse of valuable research data.

They should...

  • Be kept short
  • Describe scientifically valid data
  • Have no analysis or interpretation

And are...

  • Given a DOI
  • Published in BMC Research Notes

New Content ItemIn our latest blog post, Editor Dirk Krüger tells us 

Data is becoming increasingly more important. Researchers tell us they are motivated to share data to progress research, to receive more credit and visibility for their work and to comply with funder policies.  

Read the blog to see why we're making it our mission to publish data. 

Did You Know That...?

  • You can publish a data note about data which is part of an article you've already published
  • 68% of researchers value a data citation as much as a citation to an article1
  • A data note can be from any scientific discipline - from nanotechnology to global health, from machine learning to physical cosmology

New Content Item​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Publishing data can make your data FAIRer
  • Publishing your data makes it a citable publication
  • A data note has three main sections (objective, data description and limitations) and these must not exceed 1000 words in total
All BMC Research Notes publications have been peer-reviewed and meet the same scientific validity threshold as other BMC-series journals.


Data Support Services pilot

Authors submitting to this journal can opt to use a new service that will make it easier to share research data.

Find out more