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Data Notes - making it easier to publish your hidden data

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Valuable data often go unpublished when it could be helping to progress science. Hence, we launched data notes - a short article type allowing you to describe your data and publish it to make your data easier to find, cite and share.

Our recent data notes have taken on average 55 days from submission to acceptance - so there's still time to publish your data as early as 2019!

Make it easier to share your data and easier for others to find it

Easier for you to share

Do you ever get asked for your data? Currently sending over files by email? By publishing the data behind your article, it will have a permanent DOI making it easy for you to share it. 

Easier for others to find

All BMC Research Notes publications - including data notes - can be found in MEDLINE, PubMed, PubMed Central, SCImago, Scopus and many other indexing services. Articles are also available through the BMC and SpringerLink sites for maximal discoverability of your work.

Sirisena et al. published the data from their BMC Cancer article. Find the data note here or through the cross-link on their article.

Auer et al. published the data from their BMC Geriatrics article. Find the data note here or through the cross-link on their article.

Did you know...?

A recent study showed that linking articles to the supporting data in a repository was associated with an average 25% increase in citations.

Quick and easy to write

Follow our template - consisting of three main sections (objective, data description and limitations), your data note shouldn't exceed 1,000 words and requires no analysis or interpretation. 

Data note template

Quick to publish

Your data note will be peer-reviewed by an editorial board member. Our prompt service means we have an average submission to accept time of just 55 days for data notes. 

Submission guidelines

Anatomy of a Data Note

Have a look at our infographic that outlines what information goes into a data note and how it's laid out. 

Our notes are quick to write, fast to publish and enable you to get credit for work which was previously hidden. 

Our journal is part of the BMC Series, publishing peer-reviewed scientifically valid observations and data descriptors that many other journals won’t consider.

Authors submitting a data note benefit from an introductory article-processing charge of €675/£565/$790, reduced from the normal BMC Research Notes APC of €1180/£990/$1390.

About BMC Research Notes

BMC Research Notes is a forum across all scientific disciplines for micro publications. We believe simple but sound observations deserve a platform. We publish two article types - the 'research note' and the 'data note'.

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