Publishing your authors’ research data on Dataverse repositories increases your journal’s impact:

  • By facilitating the preservation and citation of data following widely-supported conventions that improve “the robustness and reproducibility of science” (Cousijn et al., 2017; Fenner et al., 2016)
  • By helping your authors meet funders’ data sharing mandates
  • By increasing the credit your authors receive for the reuse of their data. (Data Citation Synthesis Group, 2014)

Use this guide during the development of your journal’s data sharing policies, an important first step in seemlessly incorporating data sharing into your journal’s publishing workflow, followed by four ways we recommend journals use Dataverse.

This guide applies to data repositories that accept data from journals, including:

See our map of data repositories using Dataverse software.

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Use Dataverse for publishing your authors’ data and making it citable

We recommend four ways that journals can use Dataverse repositories to ensure that authors make data available and get credit for their research, with links to and from associated published articles.

Set up a journal dataverse

Within a Dataverse repository, your journal can create and customize its own space, making it easier to review, publish and track metrics for your authors' data. A dataverse streamlines the data publishing workflow common among scholarly journals:

  • When an article is accepted for publication, authors can be instructed to submit their data to your journal's dataverse.
  • Once an author submits a dataset, Dataverse sends a journal editor an email notification to review and publish the data associated with their articles when ready.

You can also embed your dataverse on your journal's website, so visitors can see datasets related to published articles without leaving the site.

For examples of how other journals are using their own dataverses to publish data, visit Palgrave Communications, Political Analysis, and Quarterly Journal of Economics on Harvard Dataverse, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly on UNC Dataverse.

How to set up your journal's dataverse

  • Create an account (see Create Account)
  • Review Terms of Service
    • When creating an account for your journal, please review the repository's Terms of Service. Dataverse is not a journal indexing platform. Instead, we recommend the Social Science Sharing Network as a service for distributing research articles. Repositories reserve the right to remove files and dataverses that do not contain research data.
    • We also ask that sensitive research data (such as data with personally identifiable information) not be deposited, since at the moment Dataverse is not able to securely archive sensitive research data. (Dataverse’s planned integration with DataTags will help researchers who need to publish their data navigate the complex restrictions surrounding the sharing of sensitive data.)
  • Create and customize your dataverse, using the options in the Edit dropdown menu (see Dataverse Management and Dataset + File Management), including:
    • General Information: Describe your dataverse, specify how your authors will need to describe the research data they are depositing (e.g. which metadata), and how visitors can search for data in your dataverse (e.g. which facets). We recommend choosing the Journal Metadata field and any additional discipline-specific metadata fields.
    • Permissions: Use these options to control who is able to submit data to your dataverse and whether or not your editors will have to approve submitted data before it is published on your dataverse.
    • More “Edit” options: Consider configuring your dataverse using the remaining "Edit" options, which can help streamline the process of reviewing and uploading data, and can improve discoverability:
      • Using themes and widgets, you can customize the look of your dataverse and display it on your journals' website, so readers can access your authors’ data without leaving your journal’s website
      • Private URLs streamline the review process by making it easy for others to access unpublished datasets without creating a Dataverse account
      • Dataset metadata templates are useful for creating multiple datasets with the same metadata
  • Revise editor and reviewer training material and author instructions for uploading and citing data


Setup a Journal Dataverse with Data Curation & Verification

Journals interested in making sure datasets associated with their articles are replicable can setup a dataverse where authors can deposit their replication datasets, which then go through a thorough curation and verification process performed by an independent third-party. This service is currently offered by the UNC Odum Institute. Some examples include the American Journal of Political Science, which is hosted on Harvard Dataverse, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly, hosted on the Odum Institute Dataverse.

Have questions? You can contact the Odum Archive ( for more information.


Integrate your journal's manuscript submission system with Dataverse

With Dataverse integration, your authors can submit their manuscripts and research data at the same time, from the same platform, automatically creating persistent, bi-directional links between articles and their underlying data.


Recommend Dataverse to authors

Include on your journal website Dataverse as a recommended data repository for authors to deposit data and receive a formal scholarly data citation to include with their published article. See our map of known Dataverse repositories, including Harvard Dataverse, which is available to any researcher from any discipline to deposit data.

Here are some examples of journals and publishers recommending Harvard Dataverse for authors to deposit data: PLOS, American Heart Association Publications, Elsevier and Nature Scientific Data.


Contact Dataverse

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