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A better way to manage your research outputs


Today marks the culmination of a good few months listening to what users were saying and acting upon it. We have just rolled out our new ‘My Data’ section. This is the part of figshare that allows you to manage your research outputs. As well as being more more intuitive and simple to manage your research data both publicly and privately in the cloud. There are also a few new features to help make the free service as useful as possible.

Reserve DOIs

A common use case for figshare is for users to upload research outputs that don’t fit into traditional publications, which they then link to in the reference list of the said journal article. However, some users suggested that they often did not want to make the research output on figshare live until the paper was published. For this reason, we have added a new feature which lets you see the complete citation for all of your private objects, including the DOI. This DOI is not active, just reserved.

This means that you can include this reference in articles in the reference list, without having to make the research output publicly available on figshare until the paper goes live. The ‘Reserve citation’ link can be found at the bottom of each expanded article in ‘My Data’.

Presentations section

As time has gone on, we have seen researchers wanting to get credit for an ever growing diverse amount of research outputs. The most recent of these is presentations. So today we are adding a presentations type to the repertoire.

Complementing this nicely is the new custom built figshare document viewer to be rolled out across all relevant articles very soon. This handles both papers viewing and presentation slides. There are lots of subtle improvements in the design that you will also notice, including batch edit and a more simple way to create filesets. Authors and tags can now be dragged and dropped into the order of your choice.

You can find out more about the different research output formats on the ‘types’ page. We are also looking into a code/software type. The problem we are trying to get our head around is licensing as there seems to be a lot of discrepancies in the licenses by which people share their code. Of course any code or software that you upload to figshare at the moment we are happy to make citable for you and sharable under a CC-BY license.

This is just the beginning, the collaborative spaces you may have heard us talk about will be incorporated into this section too.

As with all new features, please let us know if you have any suggestions on how to improve it, or if you discover some things that may need tweaking. A quick demo of the new features can be seen in the video below. Watch this space for our next release which will be with you 'very' soon - the desktop uploader app, which will allow you to sync your figshare account to your desktop in a dropbox-style manner. As always, feedback, comments, suggestions and ideas are welcomed. Please get in touch at or via twitter, facebook or google+.

Comments (3)

  • hi, great work guys!

    I wondered if you could give more information about the files that can be previewed and the one that cannot. This woudl be interesting for presentation especially, pptx format seem not to work for instance. For pdf, it seems it is not always working, I suppose you have troubles with the new figshare version...

    23/11/2012 10:36    by members Brembs' lab

  • We are putting together a list of all of the previewable files. All pdfs and powerpoint presentations are being rolled onto our custom built viewer in the coming weeks. This will prevent any errors. If you have any specific files you would like to us to investigate a viewer for, please email - All feedback welcomed!

    26/11/2012 14:07    by Mark Hahnel

  • I high appreciate this post. It’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, but I think you’ve nailed it! would you mind updating your blog with more information?Vera Bradley

    28/08/2015 12:18    by Gukalegaat Gukalegaat

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