Sharing Research Data

Research data forms the backbone of your research article and provides the foundation on which scientific, technical and medical knowledge is built. As a researcher, you are increasingly encouraged, or even mandated, to make your research data available, accessible, discoverable and usable.

There are some simple ways to share your research data, including features that are directly available when you submit your research article to an Elsevier journal. These ensure you receive credit for your work, while making your research data accessible, giving your readers deeper insights and supporting their work.

 What is Research Data?

Together with journal articles

You can submit your research data together with your manuscript using our online submission system. Various options are available depending on the journal you are submitting to, so be sure to check the Guide for Authors before you begin.

In the submission system, you will be guided through a simple process to store and share your research data, link it with your article and/or co-submit it as an additional peer-reviewed article which is quick and easy to prepare. Don't forget to cite your research data in your article and add a data reference to the reference list!

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Options for sharing research data

If the journal of your choice does not yet support data sharing options, you can submit directly to a data repository – like Mendeley Data – or data journal – like Data in Brief.

Store Data

Store

Upload to Mendeley Data: Mendeley Data is a certified, free-to-use repository that hosts open data in all formats and from all disciplines. Upload and store your data (including raw and processed data, tables, code and software) in the repository and your data will receive a DOI, making it independently citable and discoverable. Your data will be accessible with your article. See an example here.

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Link data

Link

Link with data repositories: The Database Linking tool allows you to link data relevant to your research by creating bidirectional links between data repositories and your articles on ScienceDirect. This provides readers with one-click access to relevant data that may help to validate research or drive further investigations and helps you make your data more discoverable and accessible. To find out which repositories are currently supported for database linking, please go here.

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Interactive Data Visualizations

Enrich

Enrich with interactive data visualizations: When publishing your research online, you are no longer confined to static visuals; you can explore a set of in-article interactive visualization tools that will help you share insights with your readers. These interactive viewers let readers delve into the data with functionalities including zoom, configurable display options and full screen mode

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Publish Data

Publish

Publish a data article: Data articles are brief, peer-reviewed publications about research data. Sharing data enables others to gain new insights and make interpretations for their own research. Thanks to a detailed dataset description, the data published in data articles can be reused, reanalyzed and reproduced by others.

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Declare Data

Declare

Declare with a data statement: To encourage transparency, we encourage authors to state the availability of their data. This allows authors unable to share data to indicate why data is not available to access or appropriate to post. Authors can specify why data is not available. The statement will appear with the article on ScienceDirect.

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Cite

Cite your research data: Get credit for your work by citing your research data in your article and adding a data reference to the reference list. This ensures you get the recognition for the data you shared and/or applied for your research. Check the references section in the Guide for Authors through the journal homepage for more information.


Get Started! Find a journal to submit your paper and research data to

You can submit your research data together with your manuscript using our online submission system. Various options are available depending on the journal you are submitting to, so be sure to check the Guide for Authors before you begin.

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