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Sharing data

Write a data statement

Your funder or publisher may expect you to include a data statement in any published papers. This statement should state how and where others can access the data underpinning the paper.

The exact format and placement of the data statement will be influenced by a journal’s house style but generally any statement should include:

  • access to data, usually through a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • any terms of use, such as embargos, licences, data sharing agreements

You might want to format your statement as a data citation or a simple statement, such as: "The data associated with this paper are openly available from the University of Leeds Data Repository. http://doi.org/10.5518/5678abcd.”

Please note that an invitation to “contact the author” for the data will not meet research funder expectations.