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Research Data Management Toolkit

This guide provides information about research data management and the Research Data JCU platform

Publication and Data Repositories: Introduction

This page lists some of the repository options available for publishing research data, or finding data for your own research. There are many data repositories so we have listed directories to help you locate them, as well as some nominating some key data sources.

Please note: Research Data JCU is the institutional repository and 'source of truth' for data produced from JCU research projects. Even if you are depositing and storing data in a different subject-specific data repository, you should still create a Data Record in Research Data JCU giving some details of the data you are storing and/or publishing. JCU Data Records are harvested by Research Data Australia which means they are discoverable using the Dataset Search.

(Illustration by Ainsley Seago. From Roche, et. al. Troubleshooting Public Data Archiving: Suggestions to Increase Participation. PLoS Biology  12(1): e1001779. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.)

Data Publication

Repositories - or data papers?

Data repositories -- whether institutional, national, international, generalist, or discipline-specific -- exist to support and facilitate long-term access to research data.

Your funder or journal may mandate data deposition in a particular repository. For example, "Most journals require DNA and amino acid sequences that are cited in articles be submitted to a public sequence repository (DDBJ/ENA/Genbank - INSDC) as part of the publication process."

Many journals integrate data deposition in a generalist repository (e.g. Dryad) with the submission of manuscripts of related research publication.

Some researchers may also choose to publish a data paper -- this are published research outputs in a specialist data journal (or section of a more generalist journal) with the primary purpose of exploring the research potential of a particular data set, and deriving new research findings. While a published data paper would usually constitute a significant investment of time and effort above the deposit and publication of data through a repository, it may be an avenue worth exploring depending on the field of research.  

Some Key Australian Data Repositories




Data Repository Registries and Lists

Both FAIRsharing and Re3Data provide information on an array of criteria to help researchers identify the most suitable one for their needs:

The PLoS and Nature lists are highly recommended for finding repositories by discipline:

Other lists:

Generalist Data Repositories

Repository Storage costs More information

Dryad Digital Repository

$120 USD for first 20 GB and $50 for each additional 10 GB

FAIRSharing entry

Free, upload files up to 5 GB 

FAIRSharing entry
Open Science Framework (OSF)

Free, 5 GB per file

FAIRSharing entry

Free, 50GB per dataset

re3data entry

Some International Repositories...

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