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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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PLOS Pathogens

Data sharing is now easier than ever

Our new trial integration gives PLOS Pathogens authors the option to upload data files directly to Dryad Digital Repository from the manuscript submission system.

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Fast. Easy. Free.

It takes just minutes to upload a dataset and receive a unique, citable DOI from Dryad.

If accepted for publication, your dataset will undergo Dryad’s screening and curatorial process before becoming public with links to and from your published research article.

Your dataset will be hosted in perpetuity at no cost to you.

All methods of data sharing data facilitate reproduction, improve trust in science, ensure appropriate credit, and prevent data loss. When you choose to deposit your data in a repository, those benefits are magnified and extended.

Data posted in a repository is…

…more discoverable

Detailed metadata and bidirectional linking to and from related articles help to make data in public repositories easily findable.

…more reusable

Machine-readable data formatting allows research in a repository to be incorporated into future systematic reviews or meta analyses more easily.

…easier to cite

Repositories assign data its own unique DOI, distinct from that of related research articles, so datasets can accumulate citations in their own right, illustrating the importance and lasting relevance of the data itself.

…more likely to earn citations

A 2020 study of more than 500,000 published research articles found articles that link to data in a public repository were likely to have a 25% higher citation rate on average than articles where data is available on request or as Supporting Information.

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