Call for Papers – Research Data Infrastructures: Collaborations and Partnerships in Advancing Scholarly Communication

Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics – Section Scholarly Communication

Research Data Infrastructures: Collaborations and Partnerships in Advancing Scholarly Communication

The nature of scientific discovery has been changing and increasingly becoming data-driven leading to the development of eResearch tools and technologies that are now transforming the traditional scholarly practices. Research Data Management Infrastructures (RDMI) are important components of scholarly communication, funders and publishers’ requirements, national and international Open Science and Open Data frameworks, transparency and reproducibility of scientific results, and overall knowledge production strategies in universities and research institutions. 

In order for nations and academic and research institutions to enforce acceptable and workable Research Data Management practices among researchers and research administrators in advancing scholarly communication, effective and efficient Research Data Infrastructures (RDIs) must be developed. The aim of institutional and national Research Data Infrastructures is to systematically manage scientific and research data, provide long-term data storage, backup and accessibility, and network the data institutionally, nationally, and internationally. RDIs will bring multiple stakeholders together in a coordinated network of institutional or national players with the ultimate goal of providing science-driven data services to research communities. 

Current practices globally show that RDIs are best developed as part of institutional Research Infrastructures built on partnerships, bringing together a range of expertise and role players from research offices, Information Technology services, libraries, and the researchers themselves. The aim of these collaborative services and partnerships is to map out the roles of players involved in the data lifecycle and build the required interconnections in services in order to improve Data Management Planning, data creation, management, curation, preservation, and reuse experiences in support of scholarly communication. 

While the research community has witnessed the developments of integrated RDIs in the last decade in support of Open Science and scholarly communication and a number of quantitative and qualitative studies have been conducted to document this global response there is need for further studies to understand how RDIs as important components of scholarly communication are developing through collaborative institutional, national and international partnerships and demonstrate the successes and challenges. 

We welcome quality contributions on all categories of article types such as original research, opinion, policy, and perspective papers that respond, but are not limited to the following potential topics:

  • How institutions are responding/supporting scholarly communication through the development of Research Data Infrastructures: Opportunities and Challenges
  • How Research Data Infrastructures are transforming scholarly practices
  • Regional and/or International collaborations on Research Data Infrastructures
  • Disciplinary/Multidisciplinary Research Data Infrastructures 
  • The contributions of Research Offices, Academic and Research Libraries towards the development of Research Data Management infrastructures 
  • Researchers’ attitudes towards RDIs policy frameworks and guidelines 
  • Research Data Management Infrastructures: models, tools, technologies, services, and skills development 
  • Research Data Infrastructure standards, data quality, data ethics, transfer protocols, interoperability, APIs, etc. 
  • Research Data Management Infrastructure Policy frameworks
  • Contributions of Research Data Infrastructures towards national research goals, collaborative research, and knowledge sharing 
  • Potential for data sharing for use across knowledge disciplines

Keywords: Research Data Infrastructures, collaborations, partnerships, Open Science

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