Publishing research data

According to the German Research Foundation, research data can essentially be defined as data which can be digitally and electronically stored and which arises in the course of a research project. This includes source research, experiments, measurements, data collection and surveys, to give a few examples. Producing research data – which is generally specific to one particular discipline – involves considerable cost and effort, and the results appear in a multitude of formats. It would therefore be fair to say that research data is one of the most valuable commodities produced by scientific and research bodies. Research data is used to support scientific analyses and propositions. It forms the basis of scientific publications, but it can also be published in its own right.

Proper archiving and publication of research data in the form of data sharing can offer a whole series of benefits. It makes it easier for others to check, reuse and build on scientific findings and it makes the data more citable, as well as increasing the frequency of citations.

The importance of research data has been underlined by reports and recommendations issued by research organizations on both a national and international level. Both the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the EU have the long-term goal of documenting how research data is handled as well as documenting and publishing the data itself.

PUBLISSO offers a number of different ways of publishing research data, and we would be happy to help you find the method that best meets your needs.

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nestor/DINI Working Group on Research Data: Workshop on "Persistent Identifiers" on 29th March 2017 in Hanover.


AGMB-Meeting: "Treffpunkt" on 27th September 2016: Research Data and Research Data Management: The Role of Libraries. Further information (German only)


Workshop on "Research Data Management" at the conference run by the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) on 8 September 2015.
Report (German only)

You can find information on upcoming events on the PUBLISSO events page.

DOIs for research data

Persistent identifiers such as DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) are an effective way of making research data citable and accessible on a permanent basis. Persistent identifiers provide a reference to the object itself, which means that they continue to be valid even if the URL changes.

Through its DOI registration service, ZB MED facilitates and promotes not-for-profit online publications in the fields of medicine, health, and nutritional, environmental and agricultural sciences. ZB MED is a member of the DataCite consortium which provides the technical infrastructure. ZB MED also collaborates with the TIB (National Library of Science and Technology, Hanover), which operates as a DOI registration agency.

Academic institutions can sign an agreement with ZB MED which enables them to assign DOIs to their research data and textual digital objects. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

Publishing research data in GMS and Dryad

Whenever you publish an article in a GMS journal, we also offer you the chance to publish the corresponding research data. This data is deposited in the Dryad Digital Repository where it is linked to your article. ZB MED covers the cost of publishing the research data.

More information on how to publish research data in GMS

Publishing research data in our specialist repository

You can deposit research data in our specialist repository in a wide range of formats, either in combination with an article or on its own. We also accept research data which has already been published elsewhere.

Please contact us to find out more.

Publishing research data in subject-specific data repositories

To help you choose where to publish your life sciences data, we have taken a closer look at various different data repositories. Please make sure to check the operator's terms and conditions regarding any access restrictions such as registration or license agreements.

Table of research data repositories


Birte Lindstädt,

Birte Lindstädt
Research Data Management / Open Access Publishing-Digital Long-Term Archiving-Research Data

Phone: +49 (0)221 478-97803
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Katja Pletsch,

Katja Pletsch
Research Data Management / Open Access Publishing-Digital Long-Term Archiving-Research Data

Phone: +49 (0)221 478-7085
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Related Links

DOI registration with ZB MED

DOI registration by research institutes

The GMS publication service and the DRYAD research data repository