Brill and DANS Launch a New Open Access Journal on Research Data


Brill and DANS Launch a New Open Access  Journal on Research Data


Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) - 23 October 2015

During International Open Access Week, Brill and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) launched  the Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences, a new, international, peer-reviewed, Open Access data journal.

The Research Data Journal  for the Humanities and Social Sciences (RDJ) contains short publications (data papers) in which researchers describe their dataset, the context of their research, ask key questions, and explain the methods used. In addition, data papers include a broad profile of the dataset, listing, for example, common characteristics or remarkable results. Conclusions such as those found in a regular academic article are not included, but space is provided for some closing remarks. Readers can respond to the content by means of a comments field. Data must have been deposited in a trusted repository, such as DANS’s online archival system EASY.

In the past, Brill and DANS have contributed to the promotion of so-called enhanced publications: digital articles on scientific research that are closely integrated with the research data. The new journal expands on this tradition and  offers researchers an online platform on which to display their research to interested parties. Readers will have easy access to recently completed research as well as to (interactive) data visualisations and direct access via hyperlinks, whenever possible, to the actual data.  The ultimate goal is to facilitate the discoverability, replicability, reusability and citability of research data.

The Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences will appear twice annually. Researchers can submit their manuscript for consideration online at The Article Publication Charges (APC’s) will be sponsored by DANS for the first three years of the journal’s publication. For further information  on the technical aspects (including outsourcing) and other questions, please contact the Editorial Office at DANS.

For more information:

Peter Doorn (DANS), Editor in Chief, +31 70 349 44 50,

Marti Huetink (Brill), Publishing Director, +31 71  535 35 04,

Editorial Office:


About DANS

DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this, DANS encourages scientific researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained form, for instance via the online archiving system EASY and DataverseNL. With NARCIS, DANS also provides access to thousands of scientific datasets, publications and other research information in the Netherlands. The institute furthermore provides training and consultancy and carries out research on sustained access to digital information. Driven by data, DANS ensures the further improvement of access to digital research data with its services and participation in (inter)national projects and networks. DANS is an institute of KNAW and NWO. For more information, visit

About Brill

Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 243 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For more information, visit