Geoscientists now live in a world rich with digital data and methods, and their computational research cannot be fully captured in traditional publications. The Geoscience Paper of the Future (GPF) presents an approach to fully document, share, and cite all their research products including data, software, and computational provenance. This article proposes best practices for GPF authors to make data, software, and methods openly accessible, citable, and well documented. The publication of digital objects empowers scientists to manage their research products as valuable scientific assets in an open and transparent way that enables broader access by other scientists, students, decision makers, and the public. Improving documentation and dissemination of research will accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by improving the ability of others to build upon published work.
Yolanda Gil and Cédric H. David and Ibrahim Demir and Bakinam T. Essawy and Robinson W. Fulweiler and Jonathan L. Goodall and Leif Karlstrom and Huikyo Lee and Heath J. Mills and Ji-Hyun Oh and Suzanne A Pierce and Allen Pope and Mimi W. Tzeng and Sandra R. Villamizar and Xuan Yu. "Towards the Geoscience Paper of the Future: Best Practices for Documenting and Sharing Research from Data to Software to Provenance," Earth and Space Science journal, 2016. doi:10.1002/2015EA000136This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1440323. Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NSF.