Many biomedical journals and funders now require researchers to make their research data publicly available when they publish their results. Journals like PLOS, PNAS, Science, and Nature require data sharing as a prerequisite to publication. Funders like Howard Hughes, NIH, and the Gates Foundation now require that grantees make data public alongside their articles. But what does it mean to publish your data? This page will give you an overview of the process.
Before you publish your data you should consider the following:
Public data repositories are the best place to publish your research data. Repositories preserve and archive your data and make it easy for others to find and cite your data. The best repositories are the ones specific to your discipline (especially those at NIH) because they are designed with your community in mind. That said, there are several general purpose data repositories that are also excellent.