The JIP Members have developed a series of positions and policies that underpin its commitment to openness. Companies and institutes accepting an award from the JIP, through an IOGP Contract, agree with these policies and implement them in the work they carry out on behalf of the JIP.

These positions and Policies support the fundamental principle of scientific integrity needed for the data collected to be accepted, considered valid, and used by the scientific and regulatory communities.

The JIP will not censor nor attempt to censor any valid conclusion presented by any of its contractors. The Contractor’s decision on any conclusion is final.

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Publication (during or at end of project)

To ensure credibility of the data, authors are expected to submit their results for publication to peer-reviewed journals within one year of the close of the contact. Sixty days before any manuscript is submitted for publication, authors will submit it to the JIP for review, including any new data or analytical procedures not seen in previous reviews. JIP review comments are due within 30 days to permit contractors time to consider them prior to submission for publication. Authors must fairly consider all JIP review comments when preparing a final draft for publication and may choose not to address any issues identified.The purpose of any JIP reivew is to alert the Executive Committee of any results that may be a disadvantage to industry so that partners can change their policies or procedures before the results go public.

Conference talks and posters

Oral and poster presentation materials to be presented at conferences are to be prepared and provided to the chair of their PSG. Conference talks or posters may present any well-established results.

Public disclosure

Regardless of whether the data have been published, two years after funding of the contract ends, the researcher will post a full set of their annotated data on a public site to be named by the JIP (present candidates are UK Oceanographic Service, NESDIS, OBIS/SEAMAP). If the data are not posted in or with a timely manner, the JIP will post the data it received in the Final Project Report.

Once publically posted or upon approval by the contractor, the JIP may distribute or use the data (for example for internal newsletters or press releases).

Final project reports

A final written report is required for all contracts. To promote credibility of the data, researchers are encouraged to submit their final project report as a manuscript for submission to a peer reviewed journal. Regardless of the format of the final report, it will include all the relevant data that were collected. Relevant data excludes initial animal training trials, failed calibration tests, or other faulty or incomplete data that have no bearing on the final project. Whether a given data set has such bearing will be decided by the contractor in consultation with the PSG. All data submitted with the final report will be fully annotated, and all analytical methods will be fully described.

Intellectual property

The JIP considers intellectual properties to include data, database, and interpretations of data, computer software, journal articles, talks or posters at conferences, inventions, designs, and materials subject to copyright. The JIP does not consider novel ideas expressed in research proposals to be intellectual property in itself, but it treats such ideas as confidential and may not use or release them outside the JIP.

All intellectual properties resulting from JIP funded projects other than publishable data (databases, computer software, etc…) are to be distributed to the public as appropriate to their type. The method of distribution will be determined by the PSG in consultation with the contractor.