Research data policies

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Accessing Research Data Support

The service can be accessed in two ways:

After publishing your research

If you have already published a peer-reviewed article, paper or book chapter with Springer Nature or another publisher, you can access the service through this form.

When submitting a manuscript to selected Springer Nature journals

Authors can access Research Data Support as part of the manuscript submission process for selected Springer Nature journals – a list of participating journals is available here.

If the journal provides the service to its authors, you will see a link to it in the journal’s submission system and information for authors.

By accessing the service during the manuscript submission process, you can ensure your manuscript describes and reciprocally links to your data before publication. The publication of your data is then coordinated with publication of your article.

Still not sure if your data are suitable?

If you are not sure whether your data can be submitted to Research Data Support, please contact us:

Which data are eligible?

Any files that have been generated as part of your research that aren’t your research manuscript (paper) can be submitted.

Types of data we can handle at Research Data Support © Springer Nature

Researchers use the service to provide an easier, more integrated option for sharing data that support their research publications. The service is intended for datasets that:

  • are too large or not appropriate to be uploaded as supplementary materials
  • would benefit from professional data curation
  • need to be shared in a data repository and lack a discipline specific repository
  • are not sensitive or related to identifiable human research participants

Authors are asked questions before submission that determine if their data are within the scope of the service. Authors must provide the name of the peer-reviewed publication associated with their data, which will be checked against bibliographic indexing and research integrity standards.

What is a "dataset"?

Springer Nature Research Data Support defines a dataset as the collection of files that support a research project, study or publication. A dataset can include multiple files, of multiple file types, and these can be uploaded to Research Data Support easily, at the same time. There are no extra charges in addition to the standard Research Data Support price if a dataset contains multiple files or multiple file types.

What is involved in data curation?

Research Data Support improves data findability by editing and enhancing metadata about submitted data and files (such as titles, authors, keywords and descriptions). Checks are also carried out on file integrity, for the presence of potentially sensitive or identifying information, and for consistency with associated manuscripts where applicable. Publication of data will be coordinated with the publication of the authors’ associated Springer Nature articles, where applicable.

In practice, the following actions, checks and enhancements are undertaken by researchers and the service’s dedicated Research Data Editors:




Advice on finding repositories and complying with policies

Advice on writing data availability statements and data citation

Easy upload to Springer Nature figshare repository up to 500GB (for a limited time)

Check for presence of sensitive information

Ensure accessibility of files for end users

Ensure files match metadata and associated publications

Organise files into a logical structure and collections

Copy edit submitted metadata including titles and dataset description

Content categorised according to industry standard definitions

Author lists matched to associated publications

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) generated for each dataset

Datasets embargoes with private, anonymous access enabled

Link and synchronize dataset release to associated publications

Assessment report and feedback from Research Data Editor

Extra data storage for files >500GB available on request

What are the benefits of data curation?

Many researchers have traditionally only been able to publish their data alongside their publications in the form of supplementary files (also known as electronic supplementary materials, supplementary information, or additional files).  Using Springer Nature Research Data Support to organise and share data has a number of benefits in comparison to the publication of supplementary files:

  • For a limited time, you can submit unlimited numbers of files up to a total size of 500GB, with more space available on request. 
  • The data are published with complete descriptions and contextual metadata to allow the data to be easily found, understood and cited by other researchers - including you, in the future. 
  • Curation is carried out by professional Research Data Editors who provide checks and improvements on your most important research output - your data. 
  • Data are assigned a DOI, allowing datasets to be cited, and credit given to the researcher. 
  • Data can be shared more easily with journal editors and peer reviewers. 
  • A growing number of funding agencies and journals require the use repositories for data archiving, which this curation complies with.

You can find out more about the benefits of Research Data Support here.

How are data made available?

Datasets which are published through Research Data Support are made available in the Springer Nature figshare repository. Data are published in the repository in groups according to the Springer Nature journal, conference, or service which the data relates to.

Examples of Springer Nature portals:

You can read more about figshare here:

Copyright and licensing

Springer Nature Research Data Support does not claim copyright or ownership of the data submitted to the services.

Authors who use the service to publish their research data will make their data openly available, under either a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY) or the CC0 public domain waiver. Code may be licensed using MIT, GPL, GPL-2.0, GPL-3.0 or Apache-2.0 licences.

On submission, authors are asked to select a licence and to agree to the figshare terms and conditions. We strongly encourage authors to make data available under Creative Commons CC0 to enable maximum potential for reuse. More information about the licences available in figshare can be accessed here.

The Research Data Support team can offer advice on selecting a licence during the curation process.

Contact us

If you need additional assistance or would like more information about Springer Nature Research Data Support, please email and we will respond within two business days.

Other FAQs

Is there a cost for the service?

The standard price is €315/£285/US$370 plus VAT or local taxes where applicable. For a limited time this includes up to 500GB of data at no additional cost.

For datasets larger than 500GB, additional storage fees will be charged. These are to cover additional storage costs with our platform provider figshare and will be charged in addition to the standard Research Data Support pricing. All prices are available in Euros, Sterling and US Dollars. Please contact us at before uploading datasets larger than 500GB.

Use of this service is optional and authors are free to deposit data themselves in any relevant repository independently of Springer Nature Research Data Support.

Find out more about pricing.

How will the service impact the peer-review and publication process?

Springer Nature Research Data Support is separate to the peer-review process for manuscripts. Use of Springer Nature Research Data Support is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of manuscript publication.

Authors are generally encouraged to make data available to editors and peer reviewers, which using Springer Nature Research Data Support (and some other data repositories) can facilitate.

Can I see some examples of datasets which have been improved by Springer Nature Research Data Support?

Yes. Datasets which have been improved by Research Data Support accompany papers published in journals such as Nature and BMC Ecology. These datasets are now available in figshare under open licences.


Springer Nature Research Data Support has also worked with conferences such as the International Semantic Web Conference 2017 to make available the data underpinning the published conference proceedings:

Research Data Support has also worked with specific research projects to help make their data available and accessible. For example the ACTwatch research project utilised Research Data Support to publish survey data relating to malaria in 12 countries:

You can read a blogpost on how Springer Nature Research Data Support has worked to improve the discoverability of some of its published datasets here.

Where can I access the terms and conditions for Research Data Support?

You can access the Research Data Support terms and conditions on our website, or please contact us at for more information.