The Society of Exploration Geophysicists supports the open accessibility, discoverability, and preservation of scientific data to advance geoscience research and benefit industry, academia, and the public.
The Society is a signatory to the Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS) Statement of Commitment, which states "Earth and space science data are special resources, critical for advancing science and addressing societal challenges—from assessing and responding to natural hazards and climate change, to use of energy and natural resources, to managing our oceans, air, and land."
For the purposes of this policy, data include but are not limited to, the following:
As a society devoted to advancing an applied science, SEG recognizes that much of the data and code associated with research reported in its journals cannot be released publicly or otherwise shared. As throughout the Society's history, papers from industry authors and academic researchers whose work is built on unsharable industry-owned data are invited, encouraged, and welcome.
To foster transparency, attract more article usage, and improve the reuse and reproducibility of published research, authors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to include at least one example of recorded data in the manuscript to illustrate the technology or concept being proposed.
Authors are asked during the submission process to indicate whether data necessary to reproduce the results reported in the paper are available. A data-availability statement will be published along with the just-accepted and final versions of accepted papers. Before sharing of data, authors must ensure they have the permission to do so.
The Society encourages use of appropriate domain repositories (primarily those for geoscience data) that aggregate published data and/or code and support digital object identifier (DOI) registration and discoverable metadata as the preferred means of making available data and/or code associated with journal papers.
SEG encourages authors whose data sets and/or code are not appropriate for a domain-specific repository to use a general repository such as Dryad or figshare. Less preferred but acceptable is deposit of data and/or code in an archived institutional Web site. Other types of files supporting papers (e.g., animations or videos) may be better suited for publication as supplements alongside the paper within the SEG Library and in GeoScienceWorld.
Data and software, if publicly available, should be cited fully, including an entry in References. Each data or software deposit should have a DOI link and comply with the aims of DataCite and FORCE11's Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles that reinforce consideration of data and code as citable products of research.
For an inventory of repositories, visit the COPDESS Directory of Repositories. Some geophysics-related and general repositories that support DOI registration, open licenses, and rich metadata:
Adopted by the Publications Committee and the SEG Board of Directors in March 2018.