Sharing Research Data

Research data is the foundation on which scientific, technical and medical knowledge is built and the backbone of your research article.  

As a researcher, you are increasingly encouraged, or even mandated, to make your research data available, accessible, discoverable and usable.

There are a number of easy ways for you to share research data. For some features, directly available to you when you submit your research article to an Elsevier journal.

These will ensure you receive credit for your work while making your research data accessible, enabling others to gain new insights and make interpretations for their own research.

The precise notion of what constitutes research data will differ from field to field but broadly speaking, research data refers to the results of observations or experimentation that validate research findings.

Research data can include raw or processed data files, software, code, models, algorithms, protocols, methods and other useful materials related to the research project.

Research data do not include text in manuscript or final published article form, nor do they include data or other materials submitted and published as part of a journal article.

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Sharing research data with journal articles

You can submit your research data together with your research article using our online systems. Check before whether you can submit your research data – the options available in the submission system depends on the Elsevier journal to which you submit. For information, check the guide for authors. Once you’re in the system, you will be guided through the submission process enabling you 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 brief and easy to prepare.

If the journal of your choice does not yet support these features in the online submission system, you can also submit directly to a data repository or data journal.

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Options for sharing research data

If the journal of your choice does not yet support these features in the online submission system, you can also submit directly to a data repository or data journal.






Store Data


Upload to Mendeley Data: Mendeley Data is an open access, free-to-use repository that hosts 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 with one click. See an example here.

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Link data


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.  Please note, if you have made your datasets available on non-supported repositories please go here

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Declare Data


Declare with Data Profile: To encourage transparency, we encourage all 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 if data is available on request, if data is not available or under embargo. When this form is submitted with the manuscript as supplementary file, the statement will appear next to the article on ScienceDirect.

Find out more about submitting a data profile

Interactive Data Visualizations


Enrich with interactive data visualizations: When publishing your research online, you are no longer confined to static visuals. Explore a set of in-article data visualization tools that will help you share insights with your readers. These interactive viewers include functionalities such as zoom, configurable display options, full screen mode, and many more.

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Publish Data


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.

Find out more about publishing a data article

Did you know that there is a whole range of brief, peer-reviewed article types dedicated to software, materials, method customizations and more. Discover all supporting journals hereFind out more