Publishing peer-reviewed data papers in the humanities

Dr Toby Burrows1,5, Ms Ingrid Mason2, Dr Barbara McGillivray3,4

1University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia
2Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
3The Alan Turing Institute, London, United Kingdom
4King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
5University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Although publishing datasets is now commonplace in the sciences, it is still unusual for humanities researchers. This poster will examine work currently being done to promote peer-reviewed data papers across the humanities, focusing on the Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD). JOHD publishes two kinds of data papers: short papers containing a concise and structured description of a humanities dataset with high reuse potential; and full-length papers which discuss and illustrate methods, challenges, and limitations in the creation, collection, management, access, processing, and analysis of data in humanities research. Both types of papers are fully refereed.

The poster will also look at the place of humanities data publishing in the broader research publication ecosystem. A data paper does not replace a research article, but rather complements it. A research paper can reference the data paper for further details, while the data paper typically contains references to research papers associated with the dataset, and should include a link to the location of the data in a public repository. JOHD strongly encourages authors to make all the data associated with their paper openly available according to the FAIR principles, and provides a peer-reviewed list of data repositories.

Data publishing can contribute significantly to the development of a framework for evaluating data creation, sharing, and reuse in the wider context of academic evaluation processes. At a time when the Australian Research Data Commons is funding new HASS e-research platforms, journals like JOHD are helping to establish effective peer-review processes for publishing humanities data.


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Aug 25 2021


8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 24 - 25 2021
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 4:00 am