Data and Code Guidance by Data Editors

Guidance for authors wishing to create data and code supplements, and for replicators.

Unofficial guidance on various topics by Social Science Data Editors

README template


The template README provided on this website is in a form that follows best practices as defined by a number of data editors at social science journals.

The most recent version is available at https://social-science-data-editors.github.io/template_README/.

Guidance on creating replicable data and program archives

This guidance is for the author wanting to create a replication archive.

See Requested information for the information the Data Editor may request from you, prior to the acceptance of your paper for publication.

Guidance on testing replicability of code

This guidance has two audiences:

See Verification guidance

Journal-specific policies

Below is a selective list of policies from journals that actively verify compliance with policies through review of data, code, and documentation.

See Journal Policy Pages

If you see a journal absent from this list, please suggest an addition (Github login required).


See our growing FAQ. If you have questions or answers to add, please notify us by creating a new issue.