ICPSR, Elsevier Announce Data Linking

ICPSR, a leader in providing curated research data to the behavioral and social science community, and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, are happy to announce implementation of two-way linking between research articles and datasets.

Over 400 Elsevier journals will offer direct linking options with datasets in ICPSR. These behavioral and social science datasets become discoverable through corresponding research articles on ScienceDirect. This allows researchers to access underlying research data immediately while reading the research paper, and potentially reuse the data for their own experiments. Vice versa, research articles on ScienceDirect can also be accessed directly from within the ICPSR datasets providing additional information to place the data into context.

“Providing links between research data and the articles based on analyses of those data is crucial to support the efforts related to both data sharing and the transparency around conducting research in general. These direct links offer a way to demonstrate the impact of research data for both the Principal Investigator and the agency funding the research. ICPSR is pleased to be working with Elsevier to establish reciprocal linking with ScienceDirect,” said Linda Detterman, Membership & Marketing Director, ICPSR.

ICPSR stores, curates, and provides access to scientific data so others can reuse it or validate research findings. ICPSR maintains over 9,200 studies associated with nearly 73,000 datasets representing over 40 scientific fields and disciplines. Linking these datasets and corresponding documentation to the articles using these data for analyses is critical in the effort to support research transparency and encourage additional research discovery.

Wouter Haak, VP of Research Data Management Solutions at Elsevier added, “Data linking is an essential step for research data to be better discoverable. We are very happy to be working with ICPSR to achieve this for behavioral and social science data. Both the article itself and the underlying data are invaluable for show-casing research output. It also ensures that authors of the data and articles can get the credit they deserve.”

Article-data linking is one of the pillars of Elsevier’s initiatives for sharing research data. Elsevier collaborates with more than fifty data repositories, and is continually looking to collaborate with other relevant organizations.

Example articles with reciprocal ICPSR-ScienceDirect linking:

1) Kate A. Leger, Susan T. Charles, John Z. Ayanian, David M. Almeida, ‘The association of daily physical symptoms with future health’, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 143, October 2015, Pages 241-248, ISSN 0277-9536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.050.

2) Samuel Stroope, ‘Seclusion, decision-making power, and gender disparities in adult health: Examining hypertension in India’, Social Science Research, Volume 53, September 2015, Pages 288-299, ISSN 0049-089X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.05.013.

3) Benjamin Lê Cook, Teresa Doksum, Chih-nan Chen, Adam Carle, Margarita Alegría, ‘The role of provider supply and organization in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care in the U.S.’, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 84, May 2013, Pages 102-109, ISSN 0277-9536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.02.006.

4) Muhammad Azmat Hayat, Etienne Farvaque, ‘Public attitudes towards central bank independence: Lessons from the foundation of the ECB’, European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 28, Issue 4, December 2012, Pages 512-523, ISSN 0176-2680, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2012.05.001.


ICPSR is the world’s largest archive of behavioral and social science research data. ICPSR advances research by acquiring, curating, preserving, and distributing original research data to support researchers, students, instructors, and policymakers. A leader in data stewardship, ICPSR is a center within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

About ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect is Elsevier’s leading information solution that empowers over 15 million researchers, teachers, students, healthcare professionals and information professionals around the world to be more impactful in their work. ScienceDirect combines authoritative, full-text scientific, technical and health publications with smart, intuitive functionality so users can stay more informed, and can work more effectively and efficiently. With over 13 million publications from nearly 2,500 journals and over 33,000 books from Elsevier, our imprints and our society partners, ScienceDirect empowers smarter research.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirectScopusElsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.


New Releases through 2016-02-07

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions



ICPSR part of UM-SI Summer Research Experience for Master’s Students

The University of Michigan School of Information is hosting a 12-week intensive summer Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS) from other iSchool master’s programs or schools of library and information science, May 31 - August 19, 2016.
Come develop your research skills with world-renowned faculty and in leading institutions on the UM campus (University of Michigan Libraries, School of Education Teaching and Learning Exploratory, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, and the Bentley Historical Library). The students selected for 2016 will engage in a variety of research projects and receive close mentorship as they investigate key issues in information science with UMSI faculty or practitioners. The REMS program supplements the experience in the research project with a broad range of educational and social activities that create a community of scholars among participating students. Students completing the program will be eligible to apply for funding to attend a conference to present their research project.
For descriptions of the research projects, as well as information on eligibility and the application process, please visit https://www.si.umich.edu/research/research-experiences-masters-students. Note that both current and graduating domestic students are eligible. Applications will be accepted until February 22, 2016. Initial notifications of acceptance by March 8, 2016.
Participant benefits
·  Participation in an original research project with leading U-M faculty, libraries and archives on campus, and graduate students
·  Develop research skills through one-on-one mentoring and instruction on research
·  In-depth orientation on research in the information sciences and the responsible conduct in research and scholarship and weekly educational seminars
·  Potential for funding to attend a conference to present findings
·  $10,000 stipend
For more information contact: UMSI-REMS@umich.edu.


December-January Data Updates

The following DSDR studies were recently updated:

China Multi-Generational Panel Dataset, Shuangcheng (CMGPD-SC), 1866-1913 [ICPSR 35292]

The variable HOUSEHOLD_ID has been added to the CMGPD-SC Basic and Analytic File (Dataset 1).

The CMGPD-SC provides longitudinal individual, household, and community information on the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of a resettled population living in Shuangcheng, a county in present-day Heilongjiang Province of Northeastern China, for the period from 1866 to 1913.

Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) Study [Michigan], 2008-2012 [ICPSR 34626]

A variable crosswalk that shows the relationship between the Public, Restricted, and Highly Restricted data files has been added to the study-level file documentation.

The RDSL Study aims to investigate the types of romantic relationships that produce early and/or unintended pregnancies.



New additions to ICPSR Council

Six new members were recently elected to serve four-year terms on the ICPSR Governing Council, starting in 2016, and Chandra Muller was elected Council Chair.

  • New Members:
  • Christine L. Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles (Information Studies)
  • Jeremy Freese, Northwestern University (Sociology)
  • Jane Fry, Carleton University (Data Centre, MacOdrum Library)
  • Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University (Political Science)
  • Verna M. Keith, Texas A&M University (Race & Ethnics Studies)
  • Robert A. Stine, University of Pennsylvania (Statistics)

ICPSR also thanks the following Council members, with terms ending in 2016, for their service and dedication:

  • Christopher H. Achen, Princeton University (Political Science)
  • Marilyn Andrews, University of Regina (Spatial & Numeric Data Services)
  • Tony N. Brown, Vanderbilt University (Sociology)
  • Carl Lagoze, University of Michigan (School of Information)
  • John Fox, McMaster University (Social Statistics)
  • Linda J. Waite, University of Chicago (Sociology)

Add Health Announces 2016 Users Conference: Call for Papers

Add Health has announced a Call for Papers for the 2016 Users Conference that will take place June 20-21, 2016 at the National Institutes of Health Campus, Bethesda, Maryland. The conference is sponsored by Add Health at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and NICHD. Abstracts can be submitted through February 29, 2016.

Any papers using Add Health data are welcome. Papers on both substantive and methodological topics are invited. Add Health encourages papers that use a multilevel longitudinal design linking adolescence and adulthood, including:
  • the use of biomarker data with longitudinal social, behavioral, and environmental data
  • research on genetic and environmental influences on health and behavior
  • the effects of adolescent environments on health, family, educational, and work trajectories into adulthood
Please see the full Call for Papers announcement on the Add Health Website for application procedures and information on travel and expenses.

New Releases through 2016-01-31

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions