Peer Review

Adopted on June 1, 2014, amended on March 25, 2017

Both datasets published in the Global Change Data Repository (GCdataR) and articles in the Journal of Global Change & Discovery (GCdataD) in the Global Change Research Data Publishing & Repository (GCdataPR), including data product (dataset) and data paper, are reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers (mostly 3–5 reviewers) using double-blind peer review process, where the authors do not know the identities of the reviewers, while the reviewers do not know the identities of the authors either. Normally, the data product (dataset) is reviewed first, and then the articles (data paper) will be followed up or reviewed after the related dataset is published. The reviewers should be experts in the same field as the authors and give a detailed evaluation on the manuscript in a manner of fair and promptness. When one reviewer says yes while the other reviewer says no to the dataset or the manuscript, the editor will choose the third reviewer to evaluate the dataset or the manuscript. No any dataset or manuscript can be published without the peer review.


Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Geographical Society of China


Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in/for/with Developing Countries (PASTD)

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Digital Linchao GeoMuseum