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Claim Scientific Discovery with both Paper & Data

Author:LIU Chuang HE Shujin         Organization:IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences         Time:16 March 2016

Claim Scientific Discovery with both Paper and Data

---A common understanding from 35 global change and earth sciences Journals of China


In response to the Open Data in a Big Data World, an international Accord issued by ICSU, IAP, ISSC, and TWAS in 2015, representatives from 35 global change and earth sciences journals in China participated in a workshop on data publishing and academic journals on 10 March 2016, in Beijing. These journals are published by various academic organizations, including the Geographical Society of China, Chinese Society of Natural Resources, China Meteorological Society, Plant Society of China, Chinese Geophysical Society, Chinese Society of Soil, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Polar Study Center, National Remote Sensing Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, China Meteorological Administration, as well as universities.

The participants of the workshop discussed the Principles of Open Data, especially from the practical dimension of academic journals. The representatives of the journals agree to take the action based on the following common understanding:

1. The author(s), who submit his/her/their manuscript(s) to these journals, will be encouraged to submit the related original data for publishing; the authors, who used the data from some other dataset(s), should be requested to cite the data sources in the manuscript(s).

2. The Global Change Research Data Publishing and Repository (GCdataPR) (doi:10.3974/ at is recommended to be the common infrastructure for global change and earth sciences data publishing and repository, which will make the links and computer communication available with all participating journals.

3. The 10% rule will be adopted for peer review of data publishing and to identify the dataset as an original one. It means that the dataset, which is recognized as the original one and will be protected, should meet both of the following conditions: a) the total number of records from other dataset should be less than 10% of the total records of the new dataset; and b) all of the records from other dataset should be cited in a suitable place for the public record.

4. The published data will be openly and freely available online for the end users.

5. Any value added service users or users, who would deliver the datasets in any way, online or offline, should get formal written permission from the GCdataPR Editorial Office for the delivery using an approved license.


Representatives from the following journals attended (or by telecom participated) the meeting and agree to this understanding:

1. Global Change Research Data Publishing & Repository

2. Acta Geographica Sinica

3. Journal of Geographical Sciences

4. Journal of Natural Resources

5. Geo-Information Science

6. Resources Science

7. Geographical Research

8. Progress in Geophysics

9. Research on Heritages and Preservation

10. Journal of Resources and Ecology

11. Progress in Geography

12. Acta Meteorologica Sinica

13. Journal of Palaeogeography (Chinese Edition )

14. Chinese Journal of Geophysics

15. Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology

16. Chinese Journal of Atmospheric Sciences

17. Journal of Meteorological Research

18. Chinese Geographical Science

19. Scientia Geographica Sinica

20. Wetland Science

21. Mountain Research

22. Journal of Mountain Science

23. Journal of Arid Land Resources and Environment

24. Journal of Meteorology and Environment

25. Chinese Journal of Polar Research

26. Advances in Polar Science

27. Tropical Geography

28. Journal of Lake Sciences

29. Arid Land Geography

30. Arid Zone Research

31. Journal of Arid Land

32.Remote Sensing Information

33. Acta Ecologica Sinica (Chinese Version)

34. Acta Ecologica Sinica (International Journal)

35. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability