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Wiley's Data Sharing Service

In the academic community there is an increased pressure on researchers to share and archive their data, with funders now mandating data publication. Choosing where to publish your data sets can be problematic and time consuming. Wiley's Data Sharing Service enables you to automatically archive your data in a public repository, when submitting your article to your chosen journal.


Why archive your data?


  • Save time – All of your data will be automatically deposited into your journal’s figshare data repository without further work for you.
  • Increase discoverability – Your data will be easy to find, and other researchers will build on it, increasing your impact.
  • Comply with funder requests – Shared data keeps you compliant with funder data policies.

The Wiley Data Sharing Service is currently available through a partnership with figshare, so you can easily upload data within the existing manuscript submission workflow. Once accepted for publication, data files will be transferred automatically and deposited to the figshare data repository without charge or further work.


How to submit your data


How do I share my data guide
View our 'How do I share my data' guide, which outlines the essential steps to sharing your data with figshare

  • Review the data sharing policy on your selected journal’s homepage
  • Login or register for a ScholarOne account to submit your manuscript and data
  • Add a "Data Accessibility" section to your manuscript. This can be a heading or a description of the data. The link to figshare will be automatically inserted into this section at publication.
  • During the file upload step in the ScholarOne submission process, choose “Data Files" from the drop-down menu to upload your data
  • Your data will be available for peer review, if you submit data files by the time review commences
  • If you plan to take advantage of this service data files must be submitted before your article is accepted
  • If your article is accepted for publication, your data files are automatically deposited into the journal’s figshare data repository without charge or further work
  • On publication your data is made publicly available under a CC0 license on figshare and links back to the article on Wiley Online Library
  • Your published article on Wiley Online Library links to the data on figshare along with an accessibility statement


Data Sharing FAQs

Why should I supply my data?

Funders increasingly ask researchers to make their data publically available. According to SHERPA/JULIET, which tracks OA funders’ policies on data sharing, there are a growing number of funders who encourage it. Further, opening access to the world’s research data offers huge potential to improve the transparency of research, accelerate the pace of discovery, improve return on investment, and lead to a future in which more research can be independently verified or made reproducible.

How much more time will this take me?

You've probably done most of the work already. If your data files are already organized and named consistently relative to your main text figures/tables, additional time requirements will be minimal.

Is there a charge for using figshare?

No, there is no charge for using figshare.

What type of license does figshare use to make my data publicly available?

Figshare uses the CC0 license. CC0 is the standard license used for sharing data and databases. CC0 is the "no copyright reserved" option in the Creative Commons toolkit. CC0 does not have any restrictions on re-use CC0 is particularly relevant to scientific data. By applying the CC0 license, the true benefits of dat sharing are delivered. The license allows data mining and large scale meta-analyses to be conducted with much greater ease, for example. However, we are simultaneously introducing the data citation policy so that when researchers use or reference others' data, the original creators get credit for it.

When do my data files become public?

Your data files will be publicly accessible on figshare when your manuscript is published on Wiley Online Library.

Can I check who viewed my data files, and when they viewed them?

You'll get the big picture. figshare is able to capture and report usage metrics but does not collect or report information about who has viewed them.

Can I archive my data using another data repository?

Yes. You can deposit data using other repositories, e.g., Dryad, GenBank, UK Data Archive.

Are my data files subject to peer/editorial review?

If your data is available during peer review, it may be accessed by reviewers to help in their evaluation. Journal editors likewise may use available data just as they would any other available resources. You may receive queries about your data like you would your manuscript, figures, tables, and/or supporting information. We don't expect that the data files will be subject to any special data review or scrutiny.

Can my manuscript be rejected on the basis of my data files?

Conceivably, yes, if the reviewers and Editors feel there are discrepancies between the data files (if checked) and the figures, tables and graphs in your article.

At the time of my manuscript submission, the data files are in work-in-progress state and not ready for public view. Can I send them in later on?

We understand that data files are rarely sufficiently tidy for public dissemination early on, and that changes to figures/tables are often required during peer review. We will, however, need to receive your final data files at the point you deliver your final manuscript, figures and associated materials on acceptance.

Will my manuscript be rejected if I do not submit data files?

The Editors may choose to reject your manuscript if you are unwilling (rather than unable) to comply with the data sharing policy of the Journal in question.

What research outputs are classified as Data?

'Data' includes a research output that has been collected, observed or created for the purpose of analysis to produce the research results. Research data could include; computer code, photographs, specimens etc.

Are there limitations on file size?

Yes, 100kb per file uploaded to ScholarOne.

What if my data contains restricted/controlled/human-identifiable information?

We ask that authors not submit data that is sensitive in nature, and should not be made publically available due to privacy, security, and/or safety concerns, such as human subject data or the location of endangered species.

Can journals that are not using the figshare Data Sharing Service still adhere to data policy?

Yes. Adherence to policy is not dependent on the Data Sharing Service. Authors whose journals do not use figshare can still deposit data. Authors in particular disciplines may favor specific repositories, e.g., Dryad, GenBank, and UK Data Archive.

Which journals currently offer this service?

Wiley's Data Sharing Service is currently offered in the following journals;

   ▪   Cellular Microbiology - Encourages
   ▪   International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering - Expects
   ▪   Statistical Analysis and Data Mining: The ASA Data Science Journal- Encourages
   ▪   Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry - Expects
   ▪   Statistics in Medicine - Expects
   ▪   Physiological Reports - Encourages
   ▪   Evironmetrics - Official Journal of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES), an Association of the International Statistical Institute - Expects
   ▪   Ecology Letters (also Dryad) - Mandates
   ▪   European Journal of Neuroscience - Expects
   ▪   Journal of Small Animal Practice - Expects
   ▪   FEBS Letters - Encourages
   ▪   FEBS Open Bio - Encourages
   ▪   The FEBS Journal - Encourages
   ▪   Molecular Oncology (FEBS) - Encourages
   ▪   Evolution (also Dryad) - Mandates
   ▪   Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC) - Expects
   ▪   Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (SETAC) - Expects