Publishing data

Last changed: 31 May 2019

Open access to research data provides increased transparency and reliability for scientific studies. It also makes it possible to find and reuse data in future projects.

In order for published data to be comprehensible and reusable for others, they must be managed and documented in a structured and standardized manner. Read more about how to manage and archive your data, as part of the research process. 

Open research data is discussed by different stakeholders, nationally, within the EU and globally

  • In Sweden, the Swedish Research Council has been assigned by the Government to coordinate the national effort of implementing open access to research data.
  • The Swedish Research Council Formas promotes the accessibility and use of scientific data. This can be by making (meta)data available from research projects funded by Formas in existing national or international databases, as long as this does not contravene national legislation concerning personal data.
  • Projects granted funds from the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 must, since 2017, create a data management plan, which presumes that publications and research data are published openly.
  • Often, scientific journals recommend or require that underlying data for articles be deposited in open data repositories. 

There are many good reasons to publish research data

  • Impact: it can create more opportunities for impact through citations and data downloads, thus giving researchers recognition for research outputs other than just articles.
  • Increased collaboration and reduced duplication of effort: your data become more visible and make other researchers aware of your research. This can lead to new collaboration opportunities between research groups, nationally and internationally.
  • Research integrity: the possibility of verifying research results increases.
  • Democracy and transparency: it is important that publicly funded research results are made open to the public as much as possible.

Where can I publish my data?

In the longer term, the goal is for SLU to offer a solution for archiving and publishing research data. Until then, there are a variety of external data repositories to use.

In order for your published datasets to be cited, it is good practice to choose a repository that provides persistent identifiers, such as DOI (digital object identifier).

Many journals and publishers offer advice on possible repositories for data when they require or recommend data publishing. Often, the journal specifies certain repositories for particular subject areas and data types or refers to general ones.

   Some journals and publishers where SLU authors frequently publish that require publication of the article's underlying data:

  • PNAS (National Academy of Sciences) has instructions for standards and repositories to use. Read more about data access in PNAS.
  • Environmental Science & Technology (American Chemical Society) requires the publication of certain types of data in specific repositories. Read more (pdf, p. 19).

Some journals and publishers where SLU authors frequently publish that recommend publication of the article's underlying data:


Search services for finding data repositories: 






Data Curation Unit (DCU)