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Research Data Management Toolkit: Publication and Data Repositories

This guide provides information about research data management and the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) Research Data repository


This page lists some of the 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 key data sources.

NEW - Google has recently introduced Dataset Search (beta) which uses AI to search across multiple repositories - if their content is tagged correctly. 

JCU data records are harvested by Research Data Australia which means they are discoverable using the Dataset Search.

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Data Publication

Repositories - or data papers

Institutional, national, international, generalist and discipline-specific repositories are available to support long-term access to research data.

Your funder or journal may mandate data deposition in a particular repository e.g."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 with the submission of manuscripts e.g. Dryad.

Some researchers may also choose to publish a data paper. Data journals are publications whose primary purpose is to expose datasets. This may be considered best practice for researchers whose primary output is data. See the ANDS Guide on Data and Journals for more information and check out some examples by JCU researchers in ResearchOnline@JCU

Some Key Australian Data Repositories


The Tropical Data Hub (TDH) Research Data Repository


  Research Data Repository

JCU HDR students and researchers should archive their completed data in the Tropical Data Hub (TDH) Research Data repository. This includes:
  • completed HDR (Higher Degree by Research) data
  • data associated with publications or funded projects
  • significant data or data with potential re-use value​

We can support researchers submitting manuscripts for publication by providing embargoes and private links to data for peer reviewers, if required. 


​JCU researchers may also use the Tropical Data Hub to describe data held in other repositories (such as Dryad and GenBank) and link to these datasets. This increases their visibility and ensures they are harvested by Research Data Australia and the Research Portfolio site.


Take a look at the Tropical Data Hub section of this Toolkit to learn more about using JCU's institutional data repository or contact the data librarian at for assistance.

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
For JCU staff and HDR students Toolkit TDH page

Free, 50GB per dataset

re3data entry

Some International Repositories...

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