A Kadokura1,2*, Y Minamiyama2, M Kanao1,2, T Terui2, H Yabuki1,2 and K Yamaji3
*1Polar Environment Data Science Center, Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems, 10-3, Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-8518, Japan
2National Institute of Polar Research, 10-3, Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-8518, Japan
3National Institute of Informatics, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8430, Japan


The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) has launched Polar Data Journal, a new data journal in January, 2017. Polar Data Journal is a free-access and peer-reviewed online journal. It is dedicated to publishing original research data/datasets, furthering the reuse of high-quality data for the benefit to polar sciences.

Polar Data Journal aims to cover a broad range of research disciplines involving polar regions, especially the earth sciences and life sciences domain. The journal primarily publishes data papers, which provide detailed descriptions of research data/datasets (e.g., Methods, Data Records, and Technical Validation). It is not required that the data papers published in this journal depict any new scientific findings; hence, the journal also welcomes submissions describing valuable existing data/datasets that have not been published to date.

Some key features of the new journal are as follows: - Polar Data Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide high-quality data to researchers. - It is a free-access journal. - Polar Data Journal is thoroughly edited using an online editing system for quick publishing. - The journal content is reviewed by an editing committee, which will disclose the reviewer's reports in each article of a volume.

The platform of Polar Data Journal is powered by WEKO (JAIRO Cloud), which is developed and operated by the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan.

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