BMC Microbiology participated in a pilot project in which all accepted papers were evaluated for eligibility to receive an Open data badge.
Open data badges were assessed based on the content of the article’s data availability statement. All relevant information regarding data which has been used or reused to support the central findings for the study should be described in the data availability statement within the manuscript.
The criteria for receiving a badge were as follows:
- A data availability statement is included with the manuscript, stating how the data can be accessed.
- The dataset (or part of the dataset) is deposited in a public repository.
- A DOI, Accession Number or other appropriate persistent identifier is supplied for the dataset.
- The dataset provided is relevant to the related paper.
Other references to data in the citations or references, or within the body of the article, were not assessed for an Open data badge.