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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.

Open Data

Help build a strong foundation for future research.

Make your science go further

Your research article helps inform the future of scientific discovery in your field. But your data is just as important. Open Data helps bring context to scientific discoveries to further understanding of the work, increase public trust, and plant the seed for future research. By making your data publicly accessible, you open doors for public policy experts, funders, and other researchers to learn from and build upon your advances.

I have always wanted to make data or knowledge available to all persons regardless of background. I became concerned especially before I undertook my masters degree of how difficult it was to access literature, unless one was employed in a prestigious research institute or university...How can we build a better environment if we cannot access information to help us do that?
Scholastica Zokayo
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi Kenya
Benefits of Open Data

Strengthen reproducibility

Help build a strong foundation for future research by ensuring your work remains replicable over the long term. Research articles that share data, code, and protocols provide a clear path for replication.

Get credit for your work

Removing barriers to your data can help maximize your impact and make your research go further. According to the 2019 State of open Data report, more than 70% of researchers use open datasets to inform their future research.

Stand the test of scrutiny

Transparent research practices make it easier for researchers, policy-makers, and funders to see the quality of your work. By sharing your data, you signal to the community that your work is complete and verifiable.

Collaborate to advance science

Rapid, widespread dissemination helps improve the discoverability of your work. Your data makes it easier for other researchers to validate their own findings, increase collaboration, and can spark ideas for new areas of study.

PLOS OPEN DATA POLICY

Our data availability policy ensures that other researchers are getting the full picture when they read a PLOS article. Our journals require authors to make all data necessary to replicate their study’s findings publicly available without restriction at the time of publication. 

Where to share

How you share your data matters, and there are a number of options for you to choose from. To help you find the right repository for your research, we’ve put together some recommendations by subject area and cross-disciplinary accessibility.

Put Your Work in Context

Open Data is part of a complete system of transparency that helps ensure the reproducibility (and long-term impact) of your science. Along with open code and protocols, open data helps provide a complete, accessible, and verifiable account of your discoveries. 

Share all of your science, even negative and null results

Don’t leave gaps in the scientific record. Share your data and publish your results even when the outcome isn’t what you expected. “No” can still be an insightful answer that informs future discovery.

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