What is a dataverse?

Having a dataverse allows journals to seamlessly manage the submission, review, and publication of data, while displaying it on their site alongside published articles.  Authors can easily and quickly deposit data associated with a journal article in Dataverse, while journal editors can efficiently review and publish the data. Having a dataverse for your journal increases your journal’s impact through formal citation credit (via a scholarly data citation) for your author's data, helps your authors to meet funder mandates, and enables others to reproduce the findings in your journal’s articles. In addition, your journal’s dataverse can easily be customized or embedded into your website.

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How do I get started?

There are currently four options for journals interested in using Dataverse:

Automated Integration Between Your Journal & Dataverse

This automated integration facilitates research data sharing and archiving so that authors are able to deposit their research data at the same time as their article from the journal's article submission system. Additionally, persistent bi-directional links are automatically made between the journal article and its underlying data.

Recommend Dataverse to Authors

Include on your journal website Dataverse as a recommended data repository for authors to deposit and receive a formal scholarly data citation to include with their published article. The Harvard Dataverse 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.

Setup a Journal Dataverse

Having your own dataverse for your journal allows you to have more control over what datasets are linked to your publications, and can be easily displayed on your site. When an article is accepted for publication, authors can be instructed to deposit their data in your journal's dataverse. Once an author submits a dataset for review, the journal editor is sent an email notification to review and publish the data associated with their articles when ready. The Harvard Dataverse is open for any journal (of any discipline) interested in creating a journal dataverse within it. Here are some examples of journals which are in the Harvard Dataverse: Palgrave Communications, Political Analysis, and the recently added Quarterly Journal of Economics.

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: American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) which is hosted on Harvard Dataverse, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly (SPPQ) which is hosted on the Odum Institute Dataverse. Have questions? You can contact the Odum Archive ( for more information.