Figshare launches new tool for publishers to support open research

(27 April 2016, London, UK and New York, USA) Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today launched a new tool that enables authors to share their research outputs more efficiently during the publishing process.

Springer Nature are the first publisher to pilot this new data submission portal and have worked closely with Figshare to build a customised service to support open research. The tool will reduce the amount of information authors must complete to share data supporting their publications.

Springer Nature are using the new tool to support their new Data Support Services, where Research Data Editors carry out checks on submitted research outputs, advise authors on how best to link the files to their articles, and coordinate publication of their data. The new portal, and Springer Nature’s service, will be developed further in response to usage and feedback.

Authors who use the data submission portal will:

  • Save time and effort needed to deposit and curate data and link data to publications
  • Promote citation and reuse of their data
  • Enhance and increase visibility of their peer reviewed publications
  • More easily comply with data policies of funding agencies and institutions
  • Contribute to more rapid scientific progress and increased reproducibility
  • Be able to share a wider variety of their research data files in conjunction with their articles

The data submission portal is available now to support authors of six BMC journals: BMC Biology, BMC Research Notes, BMC Neuroscience, BMC Plant Biology, BMC Evolutionary Biology and BMC Genomics who wish to openly share their larger supplementary data files. Springer Nature expects to rollout to more journals following this pilot phase.

The announcement in full is here.