DryFlor Latin American Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Floristic Network
DryFlor A Rede Florística de Floresta Tropical Estacional Seco
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DRYFLOR data is focus on the woody plants (defined as reaching 3m in height and not including lianas or climbers) that structurally dominate neotropical dry forest. The DRYLOR Network has placed all floristic data for woody plants of neotropical dry forest in a single searchable database. These data derive from quantitative ecological inventory plots and more general floristic lists for specific areas. A key methodological issue is the cleaning of data and especially the resolution of taxonomic ambiguities (i.e., synonyms - different scientific names used for the same species in different surveys) to enable all data from different countries to be compatible.

Data sharing

Ideally, all the data will be publicly available. However, we would respect the personal choice of the data providers, and the availability of data will depend on the preferences of the person who provides it. The options for data would be:

1. Not openly available and used only in publications in which data provider will be a co-author/contributor.

2. Restricted access: searchable only.

3. Open access: fully downloadable.

Authorship and collaboration in publications


Related to authorship of publications directly arising from the DRYFLOR network, which will be a result of analyses the dataset, DRYFLOR recommends:

1. Any publications based on the entire dataset of all sites across the Neotropics will be published under a “DRYFLOR” authorship (e.g., as “DRYFLOR 2016”) with all contributors of data listed as “contributors”. DRYFLOR Network must be recognized and cited in the Introduction of the paper.

2. For publications of more restricted geographic scope (e.g., of a single country), authorship would follow usual scientific publication protocols, with first authorship decided amongst participants depending on level of contribution of data, analyses and writing. In these cases of more restricted geographic scope, all contributors of data used in the specific papers will be co-authors with the paper acknowledged as “an output of the DRYFLOR network”, and must cite explicitly the DRYFLOR and the project website in the text of the paper.