Elsevier and the Neuroscience Information Framework Work Together to Improve
Reporting of Research in Neuroscience Literature
AMSTERDAM, November 7, 2013
AMSTERDAM, November 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Elsevier recommends authors to follow the Minimal Data Standards
Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, announces its collaboration with the
Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), by incorporating the Minimal Data
Standards across four of its neuroscience journals.
Minimal Data Standards are a set of recommendations developed by NIF, the most
comprehensive portal of available web-based resources in the field of
neuroscience, to facilitate resource identification in published neuroscience
articles. One of the big challenges that neuroscientists face today is that
research findings reported in the literature often lack sufficient details to
enable reproducibility of methodology or reuse of data. With the launch of the
Minimal Data Standards, NIF aims to address this issue.
Elsevier is one of the first scholarly publishers to adopt the Minimal Data
Standards guidelines. Initially four Elsevier journals will take part in the
pilot: Brain Research , Experimental Neurology , Journal of Neuroscience
Methods , and Neurobiology of Disease . These journals will incorporate the
guidelines into their article submission process, recommending authors to
include gene/genome accession numbers, species specific nomenclatures,
antibody identifiers, and software details in the methods section of their
articles. More Elsevier neuroscience journals will join the initiative as the
pilot further develops in 2014.
Prof. Maryann Martone, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of
California San Diego, and Executive Director of the Future of Research
Communications and e-Scholarship (FORCE11), said, "Scientific reproducibility
starts with materials and methods. We are pleased to work with Elsevier to
help neuroscientists make their methods more understandable for not only
humans but also machines. This pilot is a step towards changing the way we
write papers to take advantage of 21 ^st century technology for searching and
linking across vast amounts of information."
Michael Osuch, Publishing Director for Neuroscience & Psychology at Elsevier,
said, "With our support for the Minimal Data Standards, we aim to make it
easier for the community to identify the key resources used to produce the
data in published studies. Neuroscience is a highly multi-disciplinary field
with thousands of relevant web-based resources and data repositories. Direct
linking to all of them would have been impossible without NIF's capacity to
serve as a central portal."
Supporting the NIF to roll out the Minimal Data Standards pilot with the aim
of developing better and more accurate resource identification within the
neuroscience literature, falls within the scope of Article of the Future ,
Elsevier's on-going program to improve the format of the scientific article.
About the Neuroscience Information Framework
An initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, the Neuroscience
Information Framework ( NIF ) advances neuroscience research by enabling
discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an
open source, networked environment. In addition to giving access to over 200
neuroscience relevant databases and data sets, NIF hosts millions of
annotations on the literature, which includes information about the reagents
used in the paper, links to data, and comments about the data or arguments
presented in the paper.
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Media contact Shamus O'Reilly Publisher Neuroscience Elsevier
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