1. What is ACS Research Data Center and how does it work?

ACS Research Data Center is part of ACS’s commitment to supporting the dissemination of rich data in chemistry publications. Right now, we’re starting with our Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Packager tool, which allows you to package the raw data from an NMR experiment—the FID—and format it in a consistent manner … Continue reading “1. What is ACS Research Data Center and how does it work?”

2. Is there a fee to use ACS Research Data Center?

No, the NMR packager tool on ACS Research Data Center is free to use.

3. What are the benefits of packaging and submitting raw experimental data with my manuscripts?

Often when researchers are looking to reproduce experiments from the literature, the most important piece of supporting information is the characterization data, particularly in organic and organometallic synthesis. However, static images of spectra are limited to the information that the authors chose to present and also by how they processed … Continue reading “3. What are the benefits of packaging and submitting raw experimental data with my manuscripts?”

4. Does ACS Research Data Center store my files?

At this time, ACS Research Data Center does not store the files you submit to our packager tool. While this is an avenue that we are exploring in the future, our tool currently formats your data file for download. You can then store that data on your own hard drive, … Continue reading “4. Does ACS Research Data Center store my files?”

5. Which journals accept data from ACS Research Data Center?

For our initial pilot, you can submit your data packages to the Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters. If there is another ACS journal you would like to submit NMR data to, please let us know at support@services.acs.org; as we continue to grow this project, we would love to … Continue reading “5. Which journals accept data from ACS Research Data Center?”

6. Does ACS assign a license or claim copyright for data submitted to ACS Research Data Center?

No; because we do not store the files, they are not subject to any license or copyright transfer. However, if you submit the files to be posted or published at another venue, such as a preprint server or journal, the files may be subject to license or copyright terms there. … Continue reading “6. Does ACS assign a license or claim copyright for data submitted to ACS Research Data Center?”

7. How do I use the data from ACS Research Data Center packages?

Within each zipped package is a README text file listing the authors, and other metadata fields and folders for each compound/experiment submitted to the packager tool. It is up to each user of ACS Research Data Center to decide whether to package each compound separately or to combine packages of … Continue reading “7. How do I use the data from ACS Research Data Center packages?”

8. Do I need to submit my data in specific file formats?

The NMR packager tool can accept NMR data in most popular NMR file formats [Encouraging FID Files for now]. If possible, please upload NMR data files that contain just one spectrum; while the tool can handle multi-spectrum files, it works best when each file uploaded represents a single experiment. If … Continue reading “8. Do I need to submit my data in specific file formats?”

9. Where should I go for support or to provide feedback on ACS Research Data Center?

If you need help using ACS Research Data Center, please contact the ACS Helpdesk at support@services.acs.org. To provide feedback on the packager tool or another aspect of ACS Research Data Center, please contact support@services.acs.org; questions and comments are welcomed as we continue to develop ACS Research Data Center!