Disciplinary Data Publication Guides

  • Zosia Beckles University of Bristol https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4352-2266
  • Stephen Gray University of Bristol
  • Debra Hiom University of Bristol
  • Kirsty Merrett University of Bristol
  • Kellie Snow University of Bristol
  • Damian Steer University of Bristol


Many academic disciplines have very comprehensive standard for data publication and clear guidance from funding bodies and academic publishers. In other cases, whilst much good-quality general guidance exists, there is a lack of information available to researchers to help them decide which specific data elements should be shared. This is a particular issue for disciplines with very varied data types, such as engineering, and presents an unnecessary barrier to researchers wishing to meet funder expectations on data sharing. This article outlines a project to provide simple, visual, discipline-specific guidance on data publication, undertaken at the University of Bristol at the request of the Faculty of Engineering.

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