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Data Archiving Policy


The Joint Data Archiving Policy (JDAP; http://datadryad.org/pages/jdap) describes a requirement that supporting data for all published papers be publicly available. In 2011, this policy was adopted in a joint and coordinated fashion by many leading journals in the field of evolution, including the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management (Volume 2, Issue 1; http://www.fwspubs.org/doi/full/10.3996/1944-687X-2.1.1). The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management policy states: “The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management requires, as a condition for publication, that data supporting the results in papers published be provided either directly in the paper, in the associated supplemental materials (electronic files that provide information associated with a paper; Internet links to these files are given in the published paper), or archived in an appropriate public archive. Data are important products of the scientific enterprise, and they should be preserved and usable for decades in the future. Exceptions, especially for sensitive information such as human subject data or the location of endangered species, and short-term embargoes, may be granted at the discretion of the Editor-In-Chief.” North American Fauna now also abides by the same policy.

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