We would like to inform you about a new online international peer-reviewed journal, the Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences (RDJ). RDJ was founded by Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) and is published by Brill. The journal allows researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences to publish their deposited datasets, and facilitates their online exploration.
The RDJ is an interesting outlet both for more experienced researchers and for young scholars in the humanities and social sciences. It offers an opportunity to young scholars, who want to draw attention to the data they have gathered and analysed. For more advanced scholars who have been working with large datasets already for years, RDJ offers the opportunity to publish and share their data with the academic community in ways that are usually not possible in regular journals. Moreover, RDJ allows datasets to be adequately described and elaborately justified, something for which many regular journals lack the space. Finally, it allows scholars to claim intellectual ownership of their datasets in an early stage, which may be particularly helpful for early-career researchers.