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Best Practices for Data Publication in the Astronomical Literature

Chen, Tracy X. and Schmitz, Marion and Mazzarella, Joseph M. and Wu, Xiuqin and van Eyken, Julian C. and Accomazzi, Alberto and Akeson, Rachel L. and Allen, Mark and Beaton, Rachael and Berriman, G. Bruce and Boyle, Andrew W. and Brouty, Marianne and Chan, Ben H. P. and Christiansen, Jessie L. and Ciardi, David R. and Cook, David and D'Abrusco, Raffaele and Ebert, Rick and Frayer, Cren and Fulton, Benjamin J. and Gelino, Christopher and Helou, George and Henderson, Calen B. and Howell, Justin and Kim, Joyce and Landais, Gilles and Lo, Tak and Loup, Cécile and Madore, Barry and Monari, Giacomo and Muench, August and Oberto, Anaïs and Ocvirk, Pierre and Peek, Joshua E. G. and Perret, Emmanuelle and Pevunova, Olga and Ramirez, Solange V. and Rebull, Luisa and Shemmer, Ohad and Smale, Alan and Tam, Raymond and Terek, Scott and Van Orsow, Doug and Vannier, Patricia and Wang, Shin-Ywan (2022) Best Practices for Data Publication in the Astronomical Literature. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 260 (1). Art. No. 5. ISSN 0067-0049. doi:10.3847/1538-4365/ac6268.

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We present an overview of best practices for publishing data in astronomy and astrophysics journals. These recommendations are intended as a reference for authors to help prepare and publish data in a way that will better represent and support science results, enable better data sharing, improve reproducibility, and enhance the reusability of data. Observance of these guidelines will also help to streamline the extraction, preservation, integration and cross-linking of valuable data from astrophysics literature into major astronomical databases, and consequently facilitate new modes of science discovery that will better exploit the vast quantities of panchromatic and multidimensional data associated with the literature. We encourage authors, journal editors, referees, and publishers to implement the best practices reviewed here, as well as related recommendations from international astronomical organizations such as the International Astronomical Union for publication of nomenclature, data, and metadata. A convenient Checklist of Recommendations for Publishing Data in the Literature (Appendix A) is included for authors to consult before the submission of the final version of their journal articles and associated data files. We recommend that publishers of journals in astronomy and astrophysics incorporate a link to this document in their Instructions to Authors.

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Additional Information:© 2022. The Author(s). Published by the American Astronomical Society. Original content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. Received 2021 June 2; Revised 2022 March 21; Accepted 2022 March 28; Published 2022 May 4. We thank Frank Timmes from Arizona State University for his helpful comments to improve this work. We appreciate the endorsement from the following colleagues: 1. Kim Clube, Royal Astronomical Society, UK; 2. Uta Grothkopf, European Southern Observatory, Germany; 3. Mark Lacy, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA; 4. Adam Leary, Oxford University Press, UK; 5. Greg J. Schwarz, American Astronomical Society, USA.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:Astronomy databases; Astronomical reference materials; Astronomical object identification; Astrometry; Astronomical coordinate systems; Photometry; Observatories; Telescopes
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Classification Code:Unified Astronomy Thesaurus concepts: Astronomy databases (83); Astronomical reference materials (90); Astronomical object identification (87); Astrometry (80); Astronomical coordinate systems (82); Photometry (1234); Observatories (1147); Telescopes
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