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dc.contributor.authorJenkins, Tia
dc.contributor.authorPersaud, Bhaleka
dc.contributor.authorCowger, Win
dc.contributor.authorSzigeti, Kathy
dc.contributor.authorRoche, Dominique
dc.contributor.authorClary, Erin
dc.contributor.authorSlowinski, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorLei, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorAbeynayaka, Amila
dc.contributor.authorNyadjro, Ebenezer
dc.contributor.authorMaes, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorThornton Hampton, Leah
dc.contributor.authorBergmann, Melanie
dc.contributor.authorAherne, Julian
dc.contributor.authorMason, Sherri
dc.contributor.authorHonek, John
dc.contributor.authorRezanezhad, Fereidoun
dc.contributor.authorLusher, Amy
dc.contributor.authorBooth, Andy
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Rodney
dc.contributor.authorVan Cappellen, Philippe 19:46:02 (GMT) 19:46:02 (GMT)
dc.descriptionTia Jenkins1, Bhaleka D. Persaud1, Win Cowger2, Kathy Szigeti3, Dominique G. Roche4,5, Erin Clary6, Stephanie Slowinski1, Benjamin Lei1, Amila Abeynayaka7, Ebenezer S. Nyadjro8,9, Thomas Maes10, Leah Thornton Hampton11, Melanie Bergmann12, Julian Aherne13, Sherri A. Mason14, John F. Honek15, Fereidoun Rezanezhad1, Amy L. Lusher16, Andy M. Booth17, Rodney D. L. Smith15 and Philippe Van Cappellen1. Affiliations: 1 Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada 2 Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research, Long Beach, CA, United States 3 Davis Centre Library, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada 4 Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada 5 Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland 6 Digital Research Alliance of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada 7 Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES), Kanagawa, Japan 8 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), Stennis Space Center, Starkville, MS, United States 9 Northern Gulf Institute, Mississippi State University, Stennis Space Center, Starkville, MS, United States 10 GRID-Arendal, Arendal, Norway 11 Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, CA, United States 12 Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany 13 School of Environment, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada 14 The Behrend College, Pennsylvania State University, Erie, PA, United States 15 Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada 16 Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Oslo, Norway 17 SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norwayen
dc.description.abstractThe rapid growth in microplastic pollution research is influencing funding priorities, environmental policy, and public perceptions of risks to water quality and environmental and human health. Ensuring that environmental microplastics research data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) is essential to inform policy and mitigation strategies. We present a bibliographic analysis of data sharing practices in the environmental microplastics research community, highlighting the state of openness of microplastics data. A stratified (by year) random subset of 785 of 6,608 microplastics articles indexed in Web of Science indicates that, since 2006, less than a third (28.5%) contained a data sharing statement. These statements further show that most often, the data were provided in the articles’ supplementary material (38.8%) and only 13.8% via a data repository. Of the 279 microplastics datasets found in online data repositories, 20.4% presented only metadata with access to the data requiring additional approval. Although increasing, the rate of microplastic data sharing still lags behind that of publication of peer-reviewed articles on environmental microplastics. About a quarter of the repository data originated from North America (12.8%) and Europe (13.4%). Marine and estuarine environments are the most frequently sampled systems (26.2%); sediments (18.8%) and water (15.3%) are the predominant media. Of the available datasets accessible, 15.4% and 18.2% do not have adequate metadata to determine the sampling location and media type, respectively. We discuss five recommendations to strengthen data sharing practices in the environmental microplastic research community. Read more at
dc.description.sponsorshipNSERC/ECCC Alliance Grants - Plastics science for a cleaner future program, Grant ALLRP 558435-20 || The Canada First Research Excellence Fund Global Water Futures Programme || The McPike Zima Charitable || The PoF IV program “Changing Earth - Sustaining our Future” Topic 6.4 of the German Helmholtz Association || The Research Council of Norway projects REVEAL, Grant 301157 || ANDROMEDA, Grant 312262 || MicroLEACH, Grant 295174 || The Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Grant 2000012639 || European Union’s Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action programme, Grant 101003805 (EUROqCHARM) || The Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Grant 838237-OPTIMISE.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International*
dc.subjectbibliometric analysisen
dc.subjectdata repositoryen
dc.subjectdata availability statementen
dc.subjectdata managementen
dc.subjectdata sharingen
dc.subjectenvironmental researchen
dc.titleEvaluating the Current State of Findability and Accessibility of Microplastics Dataen
dc.typeConference Posteren
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Scienceen
uws.contributor.affiliation2Earth and Environmental Sciencesen

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