Prof. Maryann Martone, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of California San Diego, and Executive Director of the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship (FORCE11), said, "Scientific reproducibility starts with materials and methods. We are pleased to work with Elsevier to help neuroscientists make their methods more understandable for not only humans but also machines. This pilot is a step towards changing the way we write papers to take advantage of 21st century technology for searching and linking across vast amounts of information."
Michael Osuch, Publishing Director for Neuroscience & Psychology at Elsevier, said, "With our support for the Minimal Data Standards, we aim to make it easier for the community to identify the key resources used to produce the data in published studies. Neuroscience is a highly multi-disciplinary field with thousands of relevant web-based resources and data repositories. Direct linking to all of them would have been impossible without NIF's capacity to serve as a central portal."
Supporting the NIF to roll out the Minimal Data Standards pilot with the aim of developing better and more accurate resource identification within the neuroscience literature, falls within the scope of Article of the Future, Elsevier's on-going program to improve the format of the scientific article.
About the Neuroscience Information Framework
An initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) advances neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment. In addition to giving access to over 200 neuroscience relevant databases and data sets, NI
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