Research Data Management

Publishing your data

Prompt availability of materials, data, code, and associated protocols is a condition of publication in various journals or securing research funding.

Researchers can meet this condition by submitting their data to the appropriate repository which assigns persistent identifiers (DOIs and accession numbers) to the data. Such data is properly citable and can be referenced.

How to choose a repository? 

Prior to depositing data into a repository, one should identify whether there is a discipline-specific, community-recognized repository that is commonly used to deposit similar datasets. For example, sequencing data could be stored into SRA, ArrayExpress, GEO, GeneBank, etc., whereas mass spectrometry based proteomics data could be submitted to ProteomeXchange or the PRIDE Archive

If a discipline-specific, community-recognized repository does not exist, one should deposit data into a generalist repository. There are multiple options with different pros and cons (link). The most common generalist repositories are: Zenodo, Figshare, BioStudies, Dryad, Open Science Framework.

Funders and publishers usually list eligible repositories on their web-sites (in documentation). Brief summary is underway. 


MDC's data publishing guidelines are underway.