Data management

ST-OPEN follows the FAIR principles for data management and use: the data have to be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

ST-OPEN data policy:

  • All submissions must contain Data Availability Statement.

Data availability statement contents: owner of the data, owner contact info, location and availability of data, supporting information (coding book), ethical and legal restrictions on the data set, CC status, digital object identifiers or accession number, reasons for restricted usage of raw data (patents or potential future publications), etc.

  • Minimal data set must be provided at the time of publication.

Minimal data set: Authors do not need to submit entire data set, or the raw data collected during the research process. Minimal date set comprises data set used to reach the conclusions drawn in the manuscript with related metadata and methods, and any additional data required to replicate the reported study findings in their entirety (the values behind the means, standard deviations and other measures reported; the values used to build graphs; the points extracted from images for analysis). In the case of photos minimal set of data comprises sample images.

  • Depositing raw data and metadata related to the results reported in a submitted manuscript are strongly encouraged.

Data should be covered by a CC BY license.

  • The use of DABAR data repository is strongly encouraged.

Exceptionally other recognized and trusted field specific repositories can be also used, but they have to be open, without any subscriptions and fees, well recognized in research community and with sustainable future. They should assign a persistent identifier for each dataset (e.g. DOI or and accession number).

  • Authors should ensure that the clinical data shared are in accordance with GDPR and that patient confidentiality is never breached.

For studies involving human participants, data must be handled so as to not compromise study participants' privacy. Recommended guidelines: US National Institutes of Health: Protecting the Rights and Privacy of Human Subjects; Canadian Institutes of Health Research Best Practices for Protecting Privacy in Health Research; UK Data Archive: Anonymisation Overview; Australian National Data Service: Ethics, Consent and Data Sharing.