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Publish your datasets with metadata and raise your research profile with a DOI.

Raising your research profile by publishing data

Publication of ecological datasets is becoming more common. This is because researchers recognise the benefits and because it is being mandated by a growing number of journals and granting bodies. Open data publication can raise researcher profiles by increasing personal citations thanks to indexing houses now publishing data citation metrics (e.g., Web of Science Data Citation Index). Other benefits include online data sourcing, new collaborations and more publishable units overall. Publishing data is also good science as it supplements data collection, shows multiple data perspectives, provides educational material and enables peer curation. Not all researchers are supportive of open data publication and even those that are have some concerns. These include the possibility of research being scooped, misuse of data and the uncertainty of legal protection. Watch our video on Can sharing data raise your research profile?

Submission with SHaRED

We have a tool called SHaRED (Submission, Harmonisation and Retrieval of Ecological Data) that provides you with an online questionaire to help you write structured metadata when you upload your data files (in a similar way to other systems such as DRYAD and DataONE). Once your data is submitted you will receive a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), be assigned an Open Access Licence (Creative Commons), a Citation to help with acknowledgement of re-use, and receive a certificate of Proof of Submission as a PDF. SHaRED was funded through the NeCTAR eResearch Tools program with support from The University of Adelaide.

To complete a data submission through SHaRED in as efficient and comprehensive way as possible, it may help to prepare information about the data and any associated artefacts prior to starting the online questionnaire. In particular it would be useful to have information at hand about:

Organisational and administrative details around the dataset, e.g., custodians, authors and contacts.
Ecological research/management themes, techniques and methods used in the data collection.
Spatial and temporal data - where and when was the data collected, e.g., a GPS output file.
Species data - which plants and animals were recorded in the data.
Data citation requirements - which organisations, authors, contributors require acknowledgement.
Any materials or artefacts produced that you would like to upload, i.e., documents, field manuals, images, spreadsheets and others.
Pre-existing DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) or any other existing references to the data, e.g., a TROVE ID
What type of licence (CC-BY or TERN-BY) should the data be published under?

Warning, save your work at the end of each page as unsaved work left for longer than 60 mins will be lost. Also, only press the 'Finalised Submission" button when it is at 'publication ready' standard. A submission is published once finalised and therefore cannot be edited. You can save-edit-print-edit-save as many times as you wish to bring your submission to a publication standard.


SHaRED postcard (321 KB)
SHaRED submission guidelines (360 KB)
SHaRED Tutorial (30 mbytes)