LabArchives said this week that researchers who submit articles to select BioMed Central journals will receive free access to a version of its electronic laboratory notebook software that's tailored for use with the open source publisher.
LabArchives provides an ELN that lets users store, organize, and publish scientific research data.
Specifically, the BioMed Central version of LabArchives will provide authors with 100 megabytes of complimentary storage and optional integrated submission to BioMed Central’s journals. Published datasets can be assigned a digital object identifier, which serves as a permanent identifier for a data set.
The partners expect that their arrangement will make scientific data more "discoverable and citable" and help scientists receive credit for publishing their data as well as serve as a permanent link between journal articles and supporting data.
Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, BioMed Central's journal publisher, said in a statement that data repositories like LabArchives are a "natural partner" for large datasets, "which cannot be accommodated within journal articles or additional files" because they can "assure [the] permanence of published data."
The partners did not disclose which specific journals will have access to the ELN.