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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

Publishing Open Data

When researchers can see your data for themselves,
their confidence in the results increases— and so does their willingness
to build on your science and cite your work.

increases trust

In a study of 85 clinical trials, the 48% of articles with
publicly available data received 85% of aggregate citations.¹

in your research.

Articles that link to data in a public repository have a
25% higher citation impact on average than articles where
data is available on request or uploaded as supporting information.²

Unwillingness to share data, on the other hand, has been
associated with weaker evidence and a higher error rate.³

Find out how else you can Open your research:

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¹ Piwowar HA, Day RS, Fridsma DB (2007). Sharing Detailed Research Data Is Associated with Increased Citation Rate. PLoS ONE 2(3).

² Colavizza G, Hrynaszkiewicz I, Staden I, Whitaker K, McGillivray B (2020). The citation advantage of linking publications to research data. PLoS ONE 15(4).

³ Wicherts JM, Bakker M, Molenaar D (2011). Willingness to Share Research Data Is Related to the Strength of the Evidence and the Quality of Reporting of Statistical Results. PLoS ONE 6(11).

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