Your research is important, and so is the data that it is based on. Making your data available to the scholarly community allows other to build upon your work. Additionally, your work will become more visible and typically be cited more frequently.
Here are the four most common ways to publish your data including their advantages and disadvantages.
It is not necessary to choose only one of these options. In fact, there are advantages to using multiple publishing options. Most of these options do not require an exclusive granting of rights, making it possible to deposit data in multiple locations, which both maximizes current visibility and long-term preservation simultaneously.
Citing data is highly recommended to to provide reliable access to specific datasets and to provide credit to the producers of useful Data citation standards are just beginning the emerging in many disciplines. In the absence of a specific standards , a data citation should include the following:
If specific steps were required to subset, analyze, or access the data, the citation should also include:
Additional information on citing data can be found at:
IRL@UMSL is the institutional repository for the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Not all repositories necessarily take researcher-produced datasets where you can share your data. Moreover, not all repositories listed can ensure long-term preservation of your data; contact each one for more details.