Data Policy

The AmeriFlux Network data offered on this website are contributed by individual AmeriFlux scientists, who share their data openly with the global community.

AmeriFlux Data Use Policy

When you use AmeriFlux data:

Inform the AmeriFlux scientist(s) who contributed the data how you plan to use the data and of your publication plans. Communication with data contributors early in the process has the most benefit for data interpretation and can alert you to data issues.

Initiate a discussion about the level of contribution they would like to make (e.g., as a  co-author or in acknowledgments).

If your work uses AmeriFlux scientists’ unpublished work, they may ask you to delay publication until they can submit their own manuscript.

Acknowledge AmeriFlux site support: Ask the AmeriFlux data contributors how to acknowledge the support they received to operate their AmeriFlux sites and generate data.

Acknowledge AmeriFlux data contributors: by citing the data DOI or a publication,  or in your acknowledgments.

Acknowledge the AmeriFlux data resource:  The recommended acknowledgment language is: “funding for AmeriFlux data resources was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.”  (See Logos & Acknowledgments for other recommended acknowledgment language.)

Submit your published article to our AmeriFlux Publications, and post a Highlight.

AmeriFlux Data Contributor Policy

When you contribute data to the AmeriFlux Network, you agree:

That these data may be made available to the global AmeriFlux user community under the AmeriFlux Data Use Policy (above).

To maintain your site metadata (using relevant BADM worksheets).

To tend your site instrumentation to assure quality data.

The basic principle for AmeriFlux data sharing complies with the U.S. DOE Office of Science’s Statement on Digital Management:

Sharing and preserving data are central to protecting the integrity of science by facilitating validation of results and to advancing science by broadening the value of research data to disciplines other than the originating one and to society at large. To the greatest extent and with the fewest constraints possible, and consistent with the requirements and other principles of this Statement, data sharing should make digital research data available to and useful for the scientific community, industry, and the public.