Common Questions About Data Publishing at Emory

Publishing your data can increase the visibility and impact of your research, and fulfills funder mandates and journal policies to make data publicly available.

Does Emory help cover fees associated with depositing data with other repositories (e.g. Dryad, openICPSR)?

Yes, the SCO administers the Research Data Distribution Fund to support Emory University researchers  depositing research data in an established repository when no alternative funding is available. Faculty and currently enrolled students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for funds.

How long will my data be available?

That depends on the terms or policies of any data repository you choose. For the Emory Dataverse, data deposited are kept in perpetuity.

How do I get a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for my data?

Many data repositories provide persistent identifiers, such as a DOI, for datasets. The type of identifier assigned may vary depending on the data repository you choose. Each dataset deposited with the Emory Dataverse is assigned a DOI, allowing for persistent and reliable long-term access to your data.

Can I restrict access to my data?

Data repositories handle access restrictions in different ways. Some may allow for data depositors to set the access controls so that only specific users or communities can access a dataset. Others allow depositors to set an embargo restricting access to the data until a certain period of time has passed.

For guidance in selecting an appropriate repository for your data, including ones that provide DOIs and allow for access restrictions or embargo periods, see the Emory Research Data website.