A data paper is a published document that describes a dataset, database, or data package. As the Global Biodiversity Information Facility describes:
Unlike a conventional research article, the primary purpose of a data paper is to describe data and the circumstances of their collection, rather than to report hypotheses and conclusions.
Data papers can be published alongside research articles or in journals dedicated to publishing data papers. Publishing a data paper often requires preserving the data it describes in a data repository.
Below is a list of some of the known publishers of data papers. Those marked with a red star are journals that specialize in publishing data papers.