citsci-discussion-l New Publication Opportunity! CS Methods and Data

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From: Anne Bowser <anne.bowser>

Subject: [citsci-discussion-l] New Publication Opportunity! CS Methods and Data

Date: April 28, 2020 at 11:04:06 AM EDT

To: CitSci-discussion-L, Alex de Sherbinin <adesherbinin>, Sven Schade <s.schade>

Reply-To: Anne Bowser <anne.bowser>


We are excited to announce a new publication opportunity– a Research Topic on Citizen Science Data and Methods published with the leading open access journal Frontiers.

About this Research Topic (code for “Special Issue”)
This Research Topic publishes comprehensive, peer-reviewed information on citizen science methods and data sets.

In citizen science, members of the public contribute to authentic scientific research to meet real-world goals. Citizen science is a perspective, or a way of doing research, that crosses scientific disciplines ranging from astronomy to biology, to public health, and also the social and behavioral sciences. Citizen science initiatives are run by researchers in academic institutions, government agencies, non-profits, community-based groups, and individuals. With its rich portfolio of activities, citizen science helps in creating valuable scientific data sets in multiple ways.

This is a Research Topic for citizen science researchers, practitioners, and volunteers to publish their data. For the purpose of this Research Topic, a data set is defined as a collection of similar data, sharing a structure, which covers a fixed period of time. The mission of this Research Topic is to advance citizen science and broader open science agendas by making data more findable, better documented, and ultimately reusable. The collection will accomplish this mission by inviting authors to submit information about their data set, including information about data collection methodologies relevant to data quality assurance and data quality control (QA/QC) practices; facilitating a peer-review process; publishing reviewed submissions along with the outcomes of peer review; and, assigning each publication a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

This collection is open to the following two article types:

  • Methods: submissions describing the data collection process, QA/QC management plan, and similar strategies used for producing data that is fit for use in research or policy.
  • Data Report: providing detailed information about an already collected citizen science data set and documenting the data set to facilitate re-use by other research and policy initiatives.

During the submission process, authors will submit their data collection Methods or Data Report through the Frontiers platform. In addition, authors who submit data reports must complete a short form to collect additional information including metadata and a URI pointing to the location of their data in an open repository.* Data sets that are not hosted in an open repository cannot be reviewed at this time. Please follow this link to access our template for the supplementary information for data sets.

The Editorial Boards of the affiliated journals for this Research Topic acknowledge and represent three types of expertise: knowledge of the field of citizen science (including effective practices related to data collection, sharing, and use), knowledge of key constructs related to data and information management (including data quality and interoperability), and knowledge of different scientific research domains. Each submission will be evaluated by at least one reviewer with knowledge on citizen science or data and information, and one reviewer with knowledge of the relevant scientific research domains.

This Research Topic, Open Citizen Science Data and Methods, was launched on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, in alignment with Earth Challenge 2020. One priority of this collection will be to showcase datasets related to the six Earth Challenge 2020 research areas:
(1) air quality
(2) water quality
(3) insect populations
(4) plastics pollution
(5) food security
(6) climate change.

This Research Topic takes the perspective that the analysis and discussion of research conducted through citizen science methodologies should be published in appropriate disciplinary journals. In addition, research on how to conduct citizen science, or “the science of citizen science,” should be published in journals such as Citizen Science: Theory and Practice.

Additional Information on Publication Costs
Frontiers is an open access publisher with a commitment to open science. Many institutions have agreements with Frontiers around publication costs. In addition, to promote the publication of citizen science data and methods representing a wide range of perspectives, the journal has agreed to waive a handful of publication fees when such fees are prohibitive to publishing.

We hope to see a number of contributions from the folks on this discussion list. Please visit the Frontiers website to register your interest to submit an abstract. If you have questions, feel free to reach out individually, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Best wishes,

Anne Bowser, Research Topic Editor
Sven Schade, Research Topic Editor
Alex de Sherbinin, Research Topic Editor

*If finding a place to store your data is an issue, email anne.bowser, and we’ll try to help!

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