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Managing your research data

Sharing and publishing

Benefits of sharing: Ways of sharing:
  • ​Greater openness and contribution
  • Increased recognition through citations
  • Research data can be replicated and validated
  • Prevent duplication of effort
  • Save time and cost - no need to collect data that others have accumulated
  • Possible collaborations through data sharing
  • Deposit your data in one of the open data repositories
  • Publish your data in journals as a supplement to your article
  • Include your research data set on your personal webpage or online research profiles
  • Consider how you will make your data more discoverable
  • Make your data available on request to other researchers
  • Deposit your data in an institutional repository


Data ownership and intellectual property rights

You should clarify ownerships and intellectual property rights of your data or other datasets used in your project. For example, who owns the data, who can manage or use/reuse the data.

Consult the following guidelines/policies and experts:

More information:


You may apply a Creative Commons license to your research data before releasing it to the public.  Appropriate no-known rights statements may be used for non-copyright material.

DOI, ORCiD & other identifiers


DOI is a digital object identifier for identifying publications and research data in a digital environment.

  • DataCite assigns DOIs to research data generated by research organisations on a membership bases. This service is not available for individual DOIs.
  • When researchers deposit their research data in some research repositories, such as figshare, DOIs can be created for these items. 

The use of DOIs helps the discovery of your research data. 


ORCiD is a free unique identifier for distinguishing individual researchers and their research output and activities. Find more details about ORCiD  and how to apply for an ORCiD from the Library ORCiD guide

The Library recommends that the owners of research data should include their ORCID in the DMP and consider to get DOIs when making your data open online. These ensure author identification, the ownership of the data and good data citations. 


Other research identifiers:

There are other research identifiers used by organisations or individual researchers:

ROR Research Organization Registry

RAiD Research Activity Identifier

IGSN International Geo Sample Number

ARK Archival Resource Key 

Data citation

Data citation

Data citation provides a reference to data, similar to a publication citation.

Your data will be cited as a primary research by yourself, and by other researchers when your data is published. Providing a data citation which includes a DOI will help other researchers find, reuse and cite your data. 

Find more details in the following guides:

Citation styles and guidelines

The following online guides may help you citing datasets:

Data articles and data journals

Data articles are articles about research data. Data articles are peer-reviewed. Data articles are mainly published in open access data journals.

Data journals publish datasets and supplemental materials linked to datasets or articles.  Papers published in data journals are usually peer-reviewed.


Data discovery tools & repositories

Data discovery tools

Data repositories

Find more details from the data repositories page.