Scientific Data is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets, and research that advances the sharing and reuse of scientific data. Read our key principles ▸

Scientific Data welcomes submissions from a broad range of research disciplines, including descriptions of big or small datasets, from major consortiums to single research groups. Scientific Data primarily publishes Data Descriptors, a new type of publication that focuses on helping others reuse data, and crediting those who share. Read our aims & scope ▸

All content is hosted on nature.com – the destination of millions of scientists globally every month. Publications are indexed in PubMed, MEDLINE, Google Scholar and Clarivate's Web of Science, and are automatically deposited into PubMed Central.

Editors, Advisory Panel and Editorial Board

Scientific Data is supported by a diverse group of researchers, funders and librarians, who form our Advisory Panel and Editorial Board.

Open Access

All content is published under an open access Creative Commons licence. To publish in Scientific Data authors are required to pay an article-processing charge (APC) that also covers in-house metadata curation.

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