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Open Access Highly Accessed Editorial

An open future for ecological and evolutionary data?

Amye Kenall*, Simon Harold and Christopher Foote

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:66  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-66

Published: 2 April 2014

Abstract

As part of BioMed Central’s open science mission, we are pleased to announce that two of our journals have integrated with the open data repository Dryad. Authors submitting their research to either BMC Ecology or BMC Evolutionary Biology will now have the opportunity to deposit their data directly into the Dryad archive and will receive a permanent, citable link to their dataset. Although this does not affect any of our current data deposition policies at these journals, we hope to encourage a more widespread adoption of open data sharing in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology by facilitating this process for our authors. We also take this opportunity to discuss some of the wider issues that may concern researchers when making their data openly available. Although we offer a number of positive examples from different fields of biology, we also recognise that reticence to data sharing still exists, and that change must be driven from within research communities in order to create future science that is fit for purpose in the digital age.

This editorial was published jointly in both BMC Ecology and BMC Evolutionary Biology.