Ensure there are no ethical issues with sharing your data. You should not violate the protection of human subjects, or other valid ethical, privacy, or security concerns.
Select a suitable repository. Repositories are online platforms for researchers to deposit datasets associated with their work. There is a wide range of data repositories to choose from, so please read our guide to choosing a repository that’s relevant to your discipline and which will enable you to make your data open.
Deposit your data and apply an open license. Your repository will usually ask you to select from a range of license choices to make your data available. Choose an open license, such as CC BY or CC0, which will be added to the record for your dataset (its metadata). You can also add a license statement prominently within your dataset.
Close the loop. Once your article is published in a journal, don’t forget to go back to the repository and add information about your paper, such as its DOI (Digital Object Identifier), so there are clear links between your data and the results.
Please read our introduction to data sharing for a full step-by-step guide to making your data open.