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When are you allowed to submit your work to a repository?
All reputable repositories will ask you to certify that you own the rights to the work you are submitting. Unfortunately, many authors sign away all of their rights to journal publishers without trying to negotiate an alternative agreement. Before sharing your work in a repository or elsewhere, make sure you know what rights you have to that work. Here are some resources to help you:
Who Owns the Rights to Your Scholarship?
A helpful list of FAQs from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Retaining Your Author Rights
For more information about retaining your rights as an author, including addenda you can attach to your publishing agreements to reserve the right to share your manuscripts and data sets in repositories, view this page of our Publication Strategies guide.
SHERPA RoMEO: Publisher Copyright Policies
Search for a publisher to see what permissions they allow for depositing materials in repositories and other types of sharing. While this site is a good reference, it is always a good idea to confirm the permissions in your Article Publishing Agreement (or equivalent) before depositing or sharing your published work.
SHERPA Juliet: Research Funders' Open Access Policies
Search for or browse funding agencies to see their policies and/or requirements for OA publishing and archiving.
Literature Repository Directories
Selected Subject-Specific Literature Repositories
Below are a few subject-specific repositories for published and unpublished research literature. To locate additional repositories, search one of the directories listed in the box above.
arXiv is a repository for various subjects in science, math, and economics.
bioRxiv is a preprint repository for biological sciences. Subjects include cancer biology, genetics, pathology, epidemiology, pharmacology, immunology, and clinical trials.
medRxiv is a preprint repository for the health sciences.
A repository for publications resulting from NIH-funded research and from other participating journals.
SocArXiv is a repository for research in the social sciences, including law, arts & humanities, education, and behavioral sciences.
Social Science Research Network
SSRN is a repository for social science research.
Data Repository Directories
Data Repositories by Subject
This list from the Open Access Directory allows you to browse data repositories by discipline, including medicine.
re3data.org is a registry of research data repositories. It is not a repository itself, but you can search it or browse by subject to find a data repository that matches your research needs.
Selected List of Repositories
Nature has compiled a list of recommended data repositories, as they require their authors to submit data along with their publications. The list can be browsed by subject area.
Selected Data Repositories
The following list contains some selected data repositories. All repositories are free to submit to unless otherwise indicated.
Biological Magnetic Resonance Data Bank
BMRB is a repository for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging data.
The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA)
TCIA is an archive of medical images relating to cancer. TCIA provides support for de-identification of the images as part of their submission process.
Coherent X-ray Imaging Data Bank
CXIDB is a repository for coherent x-ray imaging data.
Dryad is a repository for scientific and medical data. Payment is required to submit data but not to search for or use data already in the repository.
Figshare is a general repository that allows you to upload and share any type of data in any file format. You can also search it to find existing materials. Up to 20 GB of storage is included in the free version.
Harvard Dataverse is a general data repository. You do not have to be affiliated with Harvard to create an account and submit data.
ImmPort is a repository for data relating to bioinformatics in immunology.
OpenNeuro is a repository for neuroimaging data.
PhysioBank is a collection of repositories for physiological data including recordings of waveform signals such as ECG.
UMB Digital Archive
UMB Digital Archive
The UMB Digital Archive is a repository for academic works produced by University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty, staff, and students. The archive especially seeks to preserve grey literature such as presentations and posters that may not otherwise be published or shared. You can search the archive for existing materials or submit your own work.