As announced a few days ago, over 400 Elsevier journals will offer direct linking options with datasets in ICPSR. ICPSR, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data – in total more than 500,000 files. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism and other fields.
These datasets become discoverable through corresponding research articles on ScienceDirect, a website operated by the Anglo-Dutch publisher Elsevier. This allows researchers to access underlying research data immediately while reading the research paper, and potentially reuse the data for their own research. Vice versa, research articles on ScienceDirect can also be accessed directly from within the ICPSR datasets providing additional information to place the data into context. An example is available here.
This is just another example of the publisher’s approach to link to datasets available in big data centres. One of the first data portals for which Elsevier offered data linking was PANGAEA, a Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data (already in 2010). To date, Elsevier collaborates with more than fifty data repositories worldwide. For the social sciences, ICPSR is the first (and only) data repository included in this list.