Repository Criteria

The precondition to submit a manuscript for publication in Earth System Science Data (ESSD) and its scientific discussion forum Earth System Science Data Discussions (ESSDD) is that the data sets referenced in the manuscript are submitted to a long-term repository.

The following basic criteria have to be fulfilled under all circumstances:

  • Persistent Identifier: The data sets have to have a digital object identifier, e.g. doi.
  • Open Access: The data sets have to be available free of charge and without any barriers except a usual registration to get a login free-of-charge.
  • Liberal Copyright: Anyone must be free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the data sets as long as he/she is giving credit to the original authors (equivalent to the Creative Commons Attribution License).
  • Long-term Availability: The repository has to meet the highest standards to guarantee a long-term availability of the data sets and a permanent access.

Data Centres supporting the ESSD Criteria

Authors are asked to check whether their data centre fulfils the criteria above. The editors will carefully consider - for each article submitted - if the data repository can be considered qualified. If they come to a negative conclusion, they will discuss this issue with the author before publishing the manuscript as discussion paper in ESSDD.

To give some examples we alphabetically list those data centres that have already been used for published ESSD articles. Please note that the purpose of this list is for offering examples and is not meant as a complete list:

  • BODC (British Oceanographic Data Centre)
  • CDIAC (Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center)
  • HOAPS (Hamburg Ocean Atmosphere Parameters and Fluxes from Satellite Data)
  • NORPERM (Norwegian Permafrost Database)
  • PANGAEA (Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science)
  • ZALF Open Research Data (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research)