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