Enhancing your article with supplemental material

Making your article discoverable - supplemental material

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Supplemental material can mean anything from tables to datasets, filesets to presentations, video to audio files.  Including supplemental material with your article makes it more discoverable, and Taylor & Francis has implemented a number of initiatives to ensure it is effectively included, or linked to, within the article abstract.

Why include supplemental material with your journal article?

  1. It makes your article more discoverable, giving people another route to find your research.
  2. Other researchers can cite your supplemental material, increasing the impact of your work.
  3. Funders are able to identify clear links to data, ensuring you meet your funding requirements.
  4. Your supplemental data is effectively preserved.
  5. Research shows that articles with supplemental material are downloaded and cited more often.


Working with DataCite to make data more discoverable

DataCite logoDataCite helps researchers to find, access, and reuse data. Authors are increasingly opting to submit their supporting data to a repository, and in many cases are required to do so as a condition of their funding.

To support this, Taylor & Francis Online now has links on the article abstract to the associated data, meaning users can jump to the data in its repository and back to the article. See how it works.

 How do I link my article to its data?

If you are considering publishing an article with us, or your article is already in the process of being published with us, and you have data you would like to link to, please follow these steps:

  1. Work with your funding body or organization to have your data deposited in one of DataCite’s member data centers.
  2. Ensure you let DataCite know the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of your article as soon as you have this information (you will be sent a DOI as soon as your article completes peer review and moves into production). Doing this means that DataCite is able to link your article with the repository record for its data.
  3. On publication, we will link your article’s DOI with your data, working with DataCite to create linking from the repository page to the article on Taylor & Francis Online and back again.

Working with Figshare to host and highlight supplemental material

Figshare logoTaylor & Francis Online hosts supplemental material on Figshare, making it easily discoverable from search engines and preserving it for the future. On Taylor & Francis Online, supplemental material is instantly viewable using the Figshare widget, when readers select the supplemental tab on the article abstract.

Users can jump from the article to the supplemental content on Figshare and back to the article again, and, if people discover the supplemental material on Figshare via a search engine, there are links to the article, increasing usage and impact. Authors can also share this material more easily and track usage through Figshare’s metric functions.

What do I need to do to make sure my supplemental material uses the Figshare widget?

Include your supplemental files at the same time as you submit your manuscript. This will ensure they are automatically uploaded to Figshare. There is nothing else you need to do. Using Figshare also means that there are no size limits on the supplemental content we are able to include with the article. Every file uploaded to Figshare will be easily citable (with a DOI allocated at the point of publication) and will be stored under a Creative Commons license.

File types compatible with Figshare


Some things to think about before you submit your supplemental material

  1. Supplemental material online should be pertinent to, or should support, your article.
  2. It must be submitted alongside your article but will not be modified by Taylor & Francis. You will not receive proofs.
  3. Extensive supplemental material (analyses rather than data) should ideally be subject to peer review.
  4. When appropriate, it should carry a disclaimer – please discuss with Taylor & Francis if you think this is relevant.
  5. Any podcasts or vodcasts will need to have a Taylor & Francis license, which must be signed by the author(s).
  6. Warranties regarding the originality, validity, and legality of the supplemental material online are covered by the article publishing agreement.