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A Scientific Author Guide for Publishing Open Research Using Physical Samples

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posted on 2024-01-19, 19:12 authored by Joan Damerow, Natalie RaiaNatalie Raia, Val Stanley, Neil Byers, Saebyul Choe, Rorie Edmunds, John KunzeJohn Kunze, Kerstin LehnertKerstin Lehnert, Marcella McIntyre-Redden, Chris Mungall, Dylan O'Ryan, Charles Parker, Esther PlompEsther Plomp, Stephen RichardStephen Richard, Dave VieglaisDave Vieglais, Elisha Wood-CharlsonElisha Wood-Charlson, ESIP Physical Samples Curation Cluster, Andrea ThomerAndrea Thomer

Material samples are foundational for research across a wide range of biological, environmental, and other interdisciplinary sciences. Their value and the value of the data derived from them depend to a large extent on the way we describe, identify, and reference them in publications and datasets. Use of globally unique and persistent sample identifiers and availability of rich and consistent information (metadata and data) about a sample on the web are critical for making samples and sample data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). This guide presents best practices for supporting open science for samples, developed by the Physical Sample Curation Cluster of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) organization. Following this guidance will help ensure that we are able to track use of samples over time, which enables reproducible research, future data integration, reuse, and credit. The ESIP Physical Sample Curation Cluster is a forum for the community supporting physical samples in the earth, space, and environmental sciences. The working group consists of individual researchers who collect and work with physical samples, curators and collections managers, and cyberinfrastructure providers and developers.


DOE OSB DE-AC02-05CH11231

NSF EAR 2148939