MSU Library recommends that datasets be published in trustworthy data repositories, especially those that are commonly used in your discipline. Our research suggests that publishing data in a disciplinary repository promotes discovery and reuse of research data.

Note: MSU Library no longer publishes research data in MSU ScholarWorks. For more information, please see our Data Publishing Policy.

Recommended general repositories


General purpose repository appropriate for any type of data

Hosted by CERN

No data curation services

Data publishing is free

Integrates with Github

The Data Management Planning Toolkit includes cut-and-paste language describing how Zenodo supports archiving & preservation of access and data access & sharing.

Visit Zenodo



Only accepts data underlying publications

Non-profit organization

Provides lightweight data curation

Data publishing is free if your article is published in one of Dryad's partner journals. Otherwise, there is a data publishing charge.

Visit Dryad.



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Social science data repository

Especially recommended for sensitive data that requires restricted access

Hosted by the University of Michigan

ICPSR provides in-depth, fee-based curation and publication services

Depending on level of curation, cost is often $3000-$8000. Contact for an exact cost estimate.

Also offers a free service that doesn't provide curation: OpenICPSR



Recommended disciplinary repositories


Guidelines for Citing Published Data

  • When using any published dataset, include a full citation in the reference list:

    • Smith K & Jones D (2016) Bison Observations in Yellowstone National Park [dataset]. Zenodo.

  • For data that underlies a published article, we also recommend including a data availability statement in the article text, in addition to the full citation:

    • Data available from Zenodo,

  • Contact us with questions.