Overview

There are many policies and guidelines regarding data management, most surrounding data sharing and writing data management plans.  Although compliance with these funder and journal requirements may be a researcher's primary motivation, other resulting benefits include: 

  • promotes discovery, new research
  • supports validation, replication of research 
  • facilitates sharing & preservation
  • increases article citation rate
  • saves valuable time
  • decreases chance of data loss

Funder Requirements

Many funding agencies require formal data management and/or sharing plans as part of their granting process. Each funding agency has specific requirements so be sure to check for your specific grant.

Federal

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Foundations/Organizations

This represents just a selection of foundations and organizations that have policies related to data.  

Publisher & Journal Requirements

More and more journals are adopting the Joint Data Archiving Policy as shown below.  Check the Instructions to Authors for details on how to handle associated data files before submitting a manuscript to any journal.

Examples of publishers that require data submission are Nature, Science, BMC, and PLOS.

Authors will often need to include in their article a statement detailing where the supporting data can be found (aka "Data Availability Statement").  Authors may be able to justify their reasons for not sharing.   

Pitt-Specific Guidelines