hmm. Somehow I got the idea a while ago that standalone submissions were possible, but more hassle then the journal -> Dryad integration and not as well supported (little documented maybe?) since they focus on the journal route into the repository.
Anyway, check with Heather (http://researchremix.wordpress.com/) or Todd (http://twitter.com/tjvision) who can tell you more.
Another potential option for a data paper is BMC Research Notes. They're Open Access (wouldn't suggest them otherwise!) and offer authors to publish a Data Note which "should briefly describe a biomedical data set or database, with the data being readily accessible and attributed to a source":
The data in question can be published via LabArchives, who have a deal with BMC (see "Publishing Datasets" on the page above, and also http://www.labarchives.com/bmc/).
On 2 Aug 2012, at 14:12, Alistair Miles wrote:
> Hi Mummi, thanks for this.
> I looked at dryad, but it requires the data to be associated with a
> published paper. What I need is a way to publish datasets without
> having to go through the overhead of also publishing a full paper.
> Similarly, it looks like bmjopen is not an option, because it only
> accepts full papers. I need something faster and more lightweight.
> Figshare looks good for personal publishing or small research
> collaborations, but I don't think it would work in my case, because I
> cannot tweak the author list. I would be publishing data on behalf of
> MalariaGEN (a large collaboration), so the author should be
> MalariaGEN. But figshare puts my name in as first author, and there's
> no way to remove or change it.
> On Thu, Aug 02, 2012 at 12:00:12PM +0000, Gudmundur A. Thorisson wrote:
>> Consider submitting periodically to Dryad? Data DOIs, long-term archiving, the works:
>> "Dryad is an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences."
>> If you are keen on a mini-paper or dataset summary (peer-reviewed or not), and given the genetics/biomedicine scope, then perhaps BMJ Open could be a suitable venue. They have partnered with Dryad:
>> There's also FigShare: http://figshare.com
>> Gudmundur A. Thorisson, PhD
>> Research Associate, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, UK
>> Guest scientist, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland
>> On 2 Aug 2012, at 11:49, Alistair Miles wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I have a problem related to data publication and citation and I wonder
>>> if anyone on this list could provide advice.
>>> MalariaGEN (the project I work for) is generating data on genetic
>>> variation in parasite populations in different parts of the world. We
>>> recently published a paper  accompanied by a dataset  which
>>> comprises a catalog of genetic variations (SNPs) with allele
>>> frequencies found in different populations.
>>> We'd like to provide advice to others using the SNP catalog dataset on
>>> how the dataset should be cited. Because this dataset accompanies a
>>> peer-reviewed paper, we are just advising people to cite the paper
>>> (i.e., "Manske, Miotto et al., blah blah"). This fairly standard
>>> practice I think for citing data that accompanies a published paper,
>>> and means that the authors will get recognition for anyone citing the
>>> The problem we have is that MalariaGEN project is ongoing, and the
>>> recent paper  is just a snapshot of work in progress. Since that
>>> paper we've analysed many more samples, and have new findings to
>>> report. We will write a new paper at some point, but at best we'll be
>>> publishing a paper once a year. In the interim, we'd like to publish
>>> updates to the SNP catalog dataset, perhaps every 3 months or so.
>>> So for those "in between" datasets that do not accompany a full paper,
>>> how would you recommend that we publish them?
>>> Obviously we could put them on www.malariagen.net, and tell people to
>>> cite some www.malariagen.net URL. But I guess our concerns with this
>>> approach are that (a) our website is probably not a long-term archive,
>>> (b) we'd have to think about persistent URLs, and (c) the citation
>>> being just a URL would not get picked up by citation tracking services
>>> and so MalariaGEN wouldn't get any visible credit for anyone citing
>>> these data.
>>> I was hoping for some sort of data journal that allowed us to publish
>>> super-lightweight data papers that are basically an abstract, some
>>> metadata, and the dataset itself, and then gave us a DOI or some other
>>> persistent and trackable means of citation. But I couldn't find
>>> anything appropriate.
>>> Any thoughts?
>>>  http://eorder.sheridan.com/3_0/display/index.php?flashprint=1866
>>>  http://explorercat.sanger.ac.uk/ExplorerCat-pgv/pub/executePlugin.action?pluginName=PopGen+Explorer&selectedCatalogId=1
>>> Alistair Miles
>>> Head of Epidemiological Informatics
>>> Centre for Genomics and Global Health <http://cggh.org>
>>> The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
>>> Roosevelt Drive
>>> OX3 7BN
>>> United Kingdom
>>> Web: http://purl.org/net/aliman
>>> Email: [log in to unmask]
>>> Tel: +44 (0)1865 287538
> Alistair Miles
> Head of Epidemiological Informatics
> Centre for Genomics and Global Health <http://cggh.org>
> The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
> Roosevelt Drive
> OX3 7BN
> United Kingdom
> Web: http://purl.org/net/aliman
> Email: [log in to unmask]
> Tel: +44 (0)1865 287538