FAIR Connect

Empowering Data Stewardship


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Latest issue

1:1 online 13 January 2023

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2:1 scheduled for January 2023

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Open Access
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Aims & Scope

FAIR Connect is an open access exchange and publishing forum for the development and dissemination of good practices and FAIR Supporting Resources (FSRs) for professional FAIR data stewardship. FAIR Connect provides an environment supporting professional communication and resource exchange for practicing data stewards, with an emphasis on FAIR data and services. FAIR Connect aims to provide visibility and recognition for the many activities and contributions of professional data stewards. By providing all resources and interactions as machine-readable nanopublications we make FAIR Connect a FAIR environment. 

Editorial Board

Barend Mons, LUMC, GO FAIR Foundation, CODATA

Senior Editors: 
Erik Schultes, GO FAIR Foundation
Barbara Magagna, GO FAIR Foundation

Associate Editors: 
Developers and practicing data stewards coordinating the community approval process for FSRs and thumbnail articles. 

Advisory Board
Advisory Board members: 
External individuals who help the Editorial Board in making strategic decisions and who act as ambassadors for FAIR Connect.

Author Guidelines


By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Ethics Policy, and the IOS Press Privacy Policy.

See the full instructions to authors on the FAIR Connect website.


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Article sharing
Authors of journal articles are permitted to self-archive and share their work through institutional repositories, personal websites, and preprint servers. Authors have the right to use excerpts of their article in other works written by the authors themselves, provided that the original work is properly cited. The consent for sharing an article, in whole or in part, depends on the version of the article that is shared, where it is shared, and the copyright license under which the article is published. Please refer to the IOS Press Article Sharing Policy for further information.

Quoting from other publications
Authors, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or tables from a book or journal article, should make sure that they are not infringing a copyright. Although in general authors may quote from other published works, permission should be obtained from the holder of the copyright if there will be substantial extracts or reproduction of tables, plates, or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.

Please visit the IOS Press Authors page for further information.

Abstracted/Indexed in

Thumbnail Articles will receive both a nanopublication and a DOI, and will appear in abstracting/indexing databases in due course.

The nanopublication provides a FAIR identifier and metadata for the Thumbnail Article, and has the following elements: 

FAIR Connect is an Open Access publishing platform for the development and dissemination of good practices for professional FAIR-Data stewardship.

In due course the platform will go live. Keep informed through our newsletter!

All content will be published open access to readers. Each Thumbnail Article and metadata about FSRs will be freely available from the moment it is published. All open access articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License  (CC BY 4.0).

FAIR Connect aims to encourage discourse among professional data stewards. Although the review process around FSRs and Thumbnail Articles in FAIR Connect should ensure complete and high quality content, it should also be as rapid as possible. As such, reviewers of FAIR Connect content are requested to submit their assessment within 3 working days.

After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer-review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Community Approval Process:
Given the practical nature of FAIR Connect as a professional forum and exchange platform, the review of FAIR Connect articles differs from classical scholarly journals by emphasizing “Community Approval” rather than “Peer Review”. Although FAIR Connect Thumbnail Articles will indeed be reviewed by peers in the data stewardship community, the aim of the review is to improve the exposition of the FSR rather than to provide judgment on its applicability as a resource.  The Community Approval Process follows: 1) After the authors submit the Thumbnail article to the Editorial Manager, two reviewers from the FAIR Connect Community are chosen by the Senior Editors based on their skills profile to do the article review within a period of three days;  2) During this period any other Community member can comment on the article; 3) After receiving the assessment the corresponding author interacts with the co-authors and improves the document according to the suggestions of the reviewers also within a time frame of three working days; 4) If the article was accepted with major revisions, then the editors will quality-check if the improvement suffices and if considered necessary contact the reviewers for getting their approval; 5) After the Community approval is communicated to the corresponding author, final adjustments are done by the editors in close cooperation with the corresponding author to publish the article; 6) The DOI is assigned to the paper and a nanopublication is minted for the article by the corresponding author; 7) In total no longer than 14 working days should be needed for the whole process.  

Review criteria for Community Approval of FSR Thumbnail Articles:

  • Is the length of the Thumbnail Article compliant within the limits of 500-3000 words?
  • Does the work correspond to the FSR article type? Articles that go beyond the description of a FSR and focus on, for example, the application in a use case should be published elsewhere. In FAIR Connect Thumbnail Articles, applications can be mentioned but should not be the main subject of the article. Keep the focus on the FSR itself. 
  • Does the FSR support significantly in the FAIRification of data or metadata?
  • Has the FSR not yet been covered by another Thumbnail Article?
  • Are the text, figures, and tables of the work accessible, pleasant to read, clearly structured, and free of major errors in grammar or style?

Review criteria for Community Approval of Commentary Thumbnail Articles:

  • Is the length of the Thumbnail Article compliant within the limits of 500-3000 words?
  • Does the work correspond to topics, broadly conceived, but still directly relevant to professional data stewardship? Is there an emphasis on FAIR? Keep the focus on topics relevant to the community of practicing data stewards. 
  • Are the text, figures, and tables of the work accessible, pleasant to read, clearly structured, and free of major errors in grammar or style? 
  • Is there a logic that leads to a significant or novel point of view?
  • Is there sufficient focus to be coherent, but also enough vision to challenge the professional data steward with new ideas?  

Overall recommendation:
Reviews should conclude with one of three overall recommendations: 

  • Accept in its present form or with the noted minor revisions. 
  • Accept with noted major revisions. A revised manuscript will be subject to a second round of review by the same person, also within the 3-day turnaround timeframe.
  • Reject, for reasons that most likely are due to the poor fit with the FAIR Connect Aims and Scope or Code of Conduct. 

Latest Articles

Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:

Data Stewardship Plan templates designed to support the FAIR principles
Erik Schultes

Hourglass-based interoperability through nanopublications in VODAN-A
Mirjam van Reisen, André Cardoso Silva Ferreira

The FAIR hourglass: A framework for FAIR implementation
Erik Schultes

FAIR scientific information with the Open Research Knowledge Graph
Allard Oelen, Markus Stocker, Mohamad Yaser Jaradeh, Muhammad Haris, Omar Arab Oghli, Golsa Heidari, Hassan Hussein, Anna-Lena Lorenz, Salomon Kabenamualu, Kheir Eddine Farfar, Manuel Prinz, Oliver Karras, Jennifer D’Souza, Lars Vogt, Sören Auer

FIP2DMP: Linking data management plans with FAIR implementation profiles
Barbara Magagna, Kristina Maria Hettne, Alessa An Gambardella, Marek Suchánek, Fieke Schoots, Erik Schultes

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