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Data Notes - making it easier to publish your hidden data

Publish in 2019 © Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Valuable data often go unpublished when it could be helping to progress science.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.

There's still time to publish your data in 2019!

Our recent data notes have taken on average 55 days from submission to acceptance. Submit by the 30th of September and you could find yourself an author on a data paper published as early as this year!

Benefits of Publishing Your Data

New Content Item"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."  Dirk Krüger, Editor

Read the blog to see why we launched Data notes.

Why Publish Your Data in 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.

We're indexed 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.

Our data notes are fully citable. Data note authors benefit from Springer Nature’s Research Data Support free of charge. Our Research Data Editors enhance the metadata of your dataset(s) to encourage reuse and apply digital object identifiers (DOIs) to enable data citation.

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.

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

Did you know you can publish the data from your article?

Sirisena et al. did just that when they published the data from their BMC Cancer article on genetic determinants of sporadic breast cancer in BMC Research Notes.  You can find the data through the cross-link on their article, or discover it in PubMed, Scopus, SCImago and other indexing services.

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.

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