SRL Data Mine Author Information

Data Mine columns in SRL are peer-reviewed articles that document recent earth-science experiments and point readers to the location of accessible data collected during the experiment.


The motivation for creating Data Mine in SRL is to ensure that seismological and other earth-science experiments are documented via a timely, citable, peer-reviewed reference that describes the data collected, the experiment design, and relevant collaborators—as soon as possible after the instruments and/or data are recovered.


A Data Mine article provides detailed description of valuable and notable research datasets, including the method(s) used to collect the data, collaborators in the data collection, scientific reasoning used to conduct the experiment, and the future technical analyses to be applied. The article does not contain tests of new scientific hypotheses, extensive analyses aimed at providing new scientific insights, or descriptions of fundamentally new scientific methods. Thus, any evaluation of a Data Mine article should not be based on the perceived impact or novelty of the findings associated with the dataset; evaluation should be based on the data access and reusability.


The goal is to create focused articles that describe a particular experiment or groups of co-located experiments. Datasets must be publicly available or be made available within two years via a well-recognized data repository such as the IRIS Data Management Center. If the data are embargoed, then the end date of the embargo and the repository for the data must be stated in the article.

Preparation and Submission of a Data Mine Manuscript

Please follow the steps below when preparing initial Data Mine submissions:

  1. Draft the manuscript using the template supplied below. The standard length for this column is 3000 words (excluding references) with up to three short tables and five figures. If manuscript is significantly longer than 3000 words, please submit it as a regular SRL article (6000 words, up to 10 figures).
  2. Be sure to follow the SRL guidelines at
  3. Indicate the data repository that contains and distributes the data or will in the future, in the Data and Resources section of the manuscript. 
  4. Submit your manuscript and related files via the SRL Editorial Manager online submission system (

Data Mine Template

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction (Experiment Motivation):

    Please answer the following (if applicable):
    • Who were the key collaborators/people involved with this experiment?
    • What was the specific scientific target (location) of this array?
    • Why is this experiment important? What new data were collected?
    • Was the experiment controlled source, passive source, or both?
    • When and where was the experiment conducted?
    • Why was this particular experiment innovative, and therefore worthy for inclusion in SRL?
  3. Instrument Deployment and Details (Experiment Design)

    Highlight a map of the experiment and/or field photos of the deployment(s), etc., here (if applicable). Figure 1 should include a map of the sensor deployment, with different symbols and/or colors that represent the various agencies and/or instrument types. Please consider adding an inset to mark the study region in a larger context. With Figure 1 in mind, briefly answer the following questions:

    Please answer the following (if applicable):
    • If a joint deployment, who/what agency deployed what type of sensors?
    • What should readers know about the sensors (i.e., instrument type, sampling rate, components that are recorded, etc.)?
    • How long was the experiment operational?
  4. Overall Data Quality and Availability

    Please answer the following (if applicable):
    • If known, were there specific days with bad data, and if so, which ones?
    • If available, is the quality of the data supported through statistical analyses?
    • When and where are the data made available?
    • Is all available metadata made available in the repository?
    • Was any preprocessing done on the data, and if so, what?
    • Is the coverage and completeness of the data sufficient for the types of applications or research questions proposed?
  5. Initial Observations

    Highlight any initial observations with a figure here.

    Please answer the following (if applicable):
    • What signals are observed/recorded over what time frame?
    • What will signals like this and others be used for?
    • What do these signals help to investigate?
    • What specific studies will occur with these data?
  6. Initial Results (Optional)

    If some initial analysis has been performed (e.g., earthquake detection/location, ambient noise cross-correlation, receiver function, etc.), please present results here.
  7. Summary
  8. Data and Resources

    This is the section to describe availability of data, etc. See guidelines at Be sure to include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) that has been assigned to the temporary seismic deployment.  Normally a deployment is assigned a DOI when the network code is originally issued by the IRIS Data Management Center. If a DOI has not been assigned, go to and update the network's information by clicking the link in the upper right corner of that page, then request that a DOI be minted by the FDSN as part of the update.