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.
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.