Gordon, Iouli E., Potterbusch, Megan R., Bouquin, Daina, Erdmann, Christopher C., Wilzewski, Jonas S., and Rothman, Laurence S. 2016. "Are your spectroscopic data being used?." Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 327:232-238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jms.2016.03.011
The issue of availability of data and their presentation in spectroscopic publications is discussed. Different current practices are critically reviewed from the point of view of potential users, government policies, and merit of success of the authors. Indeed, properly providing the data benefits not only users but also the authors of the spectroscopic research. We will show that this increases citations to the spectroscopy papers and visibility of the research groups. Examples based on the statistical analyses of the articles published in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy will be shown. We will discuss different methods including supplementary materials to the Journals, public-curated databases and also new tools that can be utilized by spectroscopists.