Increasing the positive impacts of journal policies on data sharing practices

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31 Oct 2022
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 
  • To review the outcomes of a February 2023 stakeholder workshop on improving the quality and utility of journal data availability statements and identify further ways to improve the positive impact of journal data policies on data sharing practices

  • To introduce the scope and goals of the Code Availability Group, which formed after a BoF at RDA Plenary 19 and which has shared interests in journal policies as a means to improve open research practices

  • Acknowledging 10 years of RDA, to reflect on the work of the data policy standardisation and implementation IG to date: its RDA recommended output, its impacts and align with members on the group’s priorities for the next few years

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative session notes:

  1. Report from the data availability statement quality workshop held February 2023 (IG co-chairs)

  2. Reflection on work of the IG to date, its impacts and next steps (IG co-chairs)

  3. Introduction to the formative Code Availability Group (Code Availability co-chairs)

Target Audience: 

Publishers, funders, institutional librarians and support staff, researchers, and any other stakeholders interested in publisher data sharing policies.

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

Increasing the availability of research data for reuse is in part being driven by research data policies and the number of funders and journals and institutions with some form of research data policy is growing. The research data policy landscape of funders, institutions and publishers is however too complex (Ref: and the implementation and implications of policies for researchers can be unclear.  While around half of researchers share data, their primary motivations are often to carry out and publish good research, and to receive renewed funding, rather than making data available. Data policies that support publication of research need to be practical and seen in this context to be effective beyond specialist data communities and publications.

Short Group Status: 

The group was initially established at the 8th RDA plenary in 2016 (Denver). Since then, it has produced an RDA Supporting Output, “Developing a Research Data Policy Framework for All Journals and Publishers.” The group is continuing to explore the impacts of data policies and how the stringency of policies can be increased over time. At Plenary 19, the group’s session began to analyse the quality of journal data availability statements and whether they serve the needs of stakeholders including funding agencies and other researchers.

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Rebecca Grant; Iain Hrynaszkiewicz; Natasha Simons; Lauren Cadwallader or others to be confirmed