Dear JEQ Readership:
Data are the primary products of scientific endeavors, and the main job of environmental scientists is to generate accurate, meaningful data that help offer insight into important environmental problems of the day. Relevant high-quality datasets are expensive to generate while often under-utilized due to limited access or insufficient metadata. Starting in 2015 issue, the Journal of Environmental Quality (JEQ) will begin accepting manuscripts for a new category of publication, called dataset papers, which will present experimental, observational, and modeled datasets. The goal is to make scientific environmental data more available, discoverable, interpretable, reproducible, and reusable. Dataset papers will enable data repurposing and facilitate data aggregation from disparate, initially unrelated studies into a comprehensive understanding of certain environmental issues.
Dataset papers submitted to JEQ will encompass a range of disciplines in the environmental science community. These papers will present and describe environmental datasets covering a broad spatial and temporal range that are accessible to other researchers. Dataset papers will consist of two parts: a dataset or group of datasets and the metadata (manuscript), which describes methods used to collect the data and which characterizes the content, quality, structure, and potential uses of the dataset(s). They will be peer-reviewed and evaluated in terms of the scientific suitability, significance, and completeness of (i) the dataset and (ii) the manuscript text/description of the dataset.
Authors will upload dataset papers using our submissions manager, Manuscript Central. The datasets can be hosted on ACSESS’s internal servers or an appropriate external repository. There are separate publication charges for datasets hosted on ACSESS’s servers. For information on the author instructions and submission process, please see the JEQ home page, https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/jeq.