MeSH ID: D013052
The spectrometric analysis of fluorescent X-rays, i.e. X-rays emitted after bombarding matter with high energy particles such as protons; electrons; or higher energy X-rays. Identification of elements by this technique is based on the specific type of X-rays that are emitted which are characteristic of the specific elements in the material being analyzed. The characteristic X-rays are distinguished and/or quantified by either wavelength dispersive or energy dispersive methods.
Best practice for sharing this type of data:
Emission spectra values and experimental parameters should be shared as Tabular data: Tabular data should be saved as a .txt or .csv file. The first row(s) should contain information about the dataset, such as the data file name, author, today's date, when the data within the file were last modified, and companion file names. Please also state which symbol has been used to denote missing data (NA is preferred). Column headings should describe the content of each column and contain only numbers, letters, and underscores - no spaces or special characters. Lowercase letters are preferred. Row names should be consistent with those used in the article and in other related datasets.
Most suitable repositories:
Data may be added to repositories such as Biological Magnetic Resonance Databank, CaltechDATA, Carbohydrate Structure Database, EPA Comptox Chemicals Dashboard, Metabolights, MolMeDB: Molecules on Membranes Database, PANGAEA, nmrshiftdb2, and Protein Data Bank in Europe.
Best practice for indicating re-use of existing data:
For public datasets please provide a DOI or other stable identified for the dataset itself *and* include a citation for the dataset in the reference list. Be sure to indicate exactly which data has been re-used, particularly when multiple versions of the dataset exist. In many cases, this is best achieved by sharing the code used to extract the part of the data that you analyzed. In some cases it may be best to share the exact dataset(s) you analyzed as well.
For access-controlled data authors should provide a link to instructions for obtaining access (e.g. here is the information page for ADNI (Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative): http://adni.loni.usc.edu/data-samples/access-data/).
When re-using a private dataset from a previous study please contact the data owners to discuss how the data can be made public.