MER Journal Policy on data archiving

Please note copies of genotyping data are now requested by some journals when manuscripts are submitted.

Note: the policy below comes into force for paper submitted after 1st January 2011, but we hope that authors will comply in the interim. DNA sequence data from either Sanger or next generation sequencing should continue to be archived in a public database and the accession numbers included in the manuscript.

Molecular Ecology Resources expects that data supporting the results in the paper should be archived in an appropriate public archive, such as GenBank, Gene Expression Omnibus, TreeBASE, Dryad, the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity, your own institutional or funder repository, or as Supporting Information on the Molecular Ecology Resources web site. Data are important products of the scientific enterprise, and they should be preserved for the future. Authors may elect to have the data publicly available at time of publication, or, if the technology of the archive allows, may opt to embargo access to the data for a period up to a year after publication. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the editor, especially for sensitive information such as human subject data or the location of endangered species.

Authors are expected to archive the data supporting their results and conclusions, along with sufficient details so that a third party can interpret them correctly. As discussed by Whitlock et al. (2010), this will likely “require a short additional text document, with details specifying the meaning of each column in the data set. The preparation of such shareable data sets will be easiest if these files are prepared as part of the data analysis phase of the preparation of the paper, rather than after acceptance of a manuscript”. For additional guidelines on data deposition best practice, please visit

Also see

Data Archiving.
Michael C. Whitlock, Mark A. McPeek, Mark D. Rausher, Loren Rieseberg and Allen J. Moore
The American Naturalist
Vol. 175, No. 2 (February 2010), pp. 145-146
(article consists of 2 pages)
Published by: The University of Chicago Press for The American Society of Naturalists
DOI: 10.1086/650340
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