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Publish your Data, Material, and Paper


In the publication stage of the research cycle, things can get a little tricky when you want to embrace Open Science values. The following links will help you find Open Access journals, check your publisher's policies, and guide you through licencing issues. Also, resources on sharing of data and materials are given.


FAIR Principles

Before Sharing your data, your material, and your paper, we recommend to check out the FAIR Data Principles, that aim to make your data:

  • Findable
  • Accessible
  • Interoperable
  • Re-usable

Also see our section Reproducible Research for further resurces on the topic of re-usabilty principles

Open Data Repositories

Global Registry of Research Data Repositories covering data repositories from different academic disciplines. You can directly search for repositories or browse the registry by several filters.

Examples of common general-purpose repositories:

A list of general-purpose and domain-specific data repositories is also provided by Masuzzo P, Martens L. (2017) Do you speak open science? Resources and tips to learn the language. PeerJ Preprints 5:e2689v1

How To Find Open Access Journals

Publisher's Policies?

Sherpa/RoMEO is a database containing publishers' policies on self-archiving of journal articles. Since policies vary between publishers this tool will shed some light if you are unsure about publisher's policies.

Share Preprints

Although depending on publisher's policies, it is often possible to publish preprints of your paper. A common preprint repository is Cornell University's ArXiv which serves in many research fields.

For specific domains, here are some examples of preprint service (mostly powered by the Open Science Framework Preprints):


The Peer Reviewers' Openness Initiative (PRO) gives a very helpful overview over licensing issues that are prevalent when publishing your paper, data, and materials:

"When thinking about what one can, must, or should do with Open Material and Open Data, one has to differentiate on the one hand legally-enforceable rules (which are handled with legal licenses) and, on the other hand, rules and standards of the scientific community. If a piece of work is in the public domain (e.g., a CC0 license) there is no legal requirement to give attribution, but as a scientist one still has the ethical obligation to give a proper citation. Laws, ethics, and professional courtesy are all ways that the community can protect those that open their data."

Also, the OpenDefinition project lists licenses for content and data.

Responsible for content: Lutz Heil