Datasets are more than a basis for findings. They are the product of systematic inquiry, and conceptually distinct from the phenomena they are meant to reflect or inform. Thus, datasets are a research output unto themselves. To promote recognition as such, we peer-review and publish dataset papers.1 In them, researchers describe and explain their primary datasets’ uses, originality, and methods. In addition to rewarding researchers with a conventional research output (i.e., an article), these publications promote: understanding of datasets; their sharing, use, and subsequent development; and, the creation of new and improved datasets. The dataset featured in a dataset paper must: <<<what is equivalent to the following from the Submit a Software Paper , quoted below?>>> <<<have an Open Source License at the time of submission;>>> <<<have a clear application to criminological research; and,>>> <<<be feature-complete with maintainable extensions.2 >>> A dataset paper submission must include the following, in this order: <<<what is equivalent to the following from the Submit a Software Paper , quoted below? Seems good to me; I changed “software” to “dataset”>>> title; contributor names; abstract; statement of need (uses and originality); methods; dataset; references; contributor bio(s); and, acknowledgments, if desired. All submissions should use the following template and import it into a submission. There is no word limit, but less is more. It is fine to submit a paper in any citation style, but, if accepted, you will be asked to format it in Chicago-Style. To start a submission, click the button at the bottom of this page. You will be brought to a Pub page, where you import your paper. When you click “Request Publication”, a box will appear. Therein, please put: the corresponding author’s email address; and, a list of five people who you deem qualified to review your paper. Include their institutional affiliations and emails.3
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