What is it?

Figshare provides researchers the opportunity to share all of their research output, whether it takes the form of articles, datasets, posters, images, tables and so on. Uploaded data will be shared under a Creative Commons license and presented in a persistent manner, including a stable URL and a DOI.

What can it do for me?

Almost every university these days has its own repository, whether started as an archive of publications produced or as a way to facilitate Open Access, they all collect the publications of their researchers in one location. Some institutions have even started their own data repository, individually, or organised across several universities or even nationally. But all of these focus on traditional research products: publications and datasets. Figshare allows you to share research products beyond the traditional format, including negative results, and to do so in a way that makes them citable, since files receive DOIs at the time of upload. Of course this means that not only can you share your data, you can search for other people's data as well and as such it is also a great source for non-traditional scholarly output. In addition, you can not only upload and share your work; there is also the possibility to use your private Figshare space as a secure storage space to manage your research data. Figshare gives you 1GB for free, but there are additional pricing plans to get a larger storage.

Privacy issues?

Figshare's privacy policy is quite straight-forward and beyond the usual caveats, there don't seem to be any complaints or worries about Figshare's handling of personal information.

Pros & Cons


  • The possibility to showcase all of your research output,
  • Making all of your research output citable,
  • According to the Digital Curation Centre, which is part of JISC, Figshare has everything well-organised and has secured enough funding to guarantee persistent availability of your data for the next twenty years,
  • Integration with ORCID,
  • Integration with Impactstory and other altmetric providers.


  • Currently seems most used by those active in STEM, Life and Social Sciences,
  • Not everyone will be as pleased to share their work under a creative commons license.

Who in Leiden?

Zohreh Zahedi, MSc (Centre for Science and Technology Studies) 
Dr. Willeke van Roon-Mom (LUMC, Department of Human Genetics) 
Dr. Gerard van Westen (Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research) 
Dr. Rodrigo Costas (Centre for Science and Technology Studies)