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More bang for your buck! - Getting more content into your publications


Have you ever found yourself limited by the constraints of a journal? Traditional journals often have limits on the number of files that you can put into the paper, even as supplemental information. We now have the technology to easily make all of the supporting information available, and yet are limited by journal restrictions. The examples below show limits both in terms of number and physical size:

Nature Policy

"We prefer to accept no more than ten files. Sound/movie files and combined, single PDFs may be up to 30 MB per file, with the maximum cumulative size of all files not exceeding 150 MB."

Journal of Neuroscience Policy

"Beginning November 1, 2010, The Journal of Neuroscience will no longer allow authors to include supplemental material when they submit new manuscripts and will no longer host supplemental material on its web site for those articles. When articles are published, authors will be allowed to include a footnote with a URL that points to supplemental material on a site they support and maintain, together with a brief description of what the supplemental material includes, but that supplemental material will not be reviewed or hosted by The Journal."

This is another way in which figshare can help. With figshare you can add as much supplemental data to a publication as you wish, for free. The links are persistent and you even get the metrics on these research objects to see the true reach of your research.

Researchers have already started to use figshare as a store for research data that is linked to traditional publications as can be seen in the links below:

Thornton, A. 2012. Archaeologists-in-Training: Students of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, 1920-1936. Journal of Open Archaeology Data, 1(1),


Which links to:

An exploratory analysis of combined genome-wide SNP data from several recent studies Blaise Li (2011)

Which links to multiple files uploaded to figshare by the author:

As can be seen in the examples, the data can be linked both ways. The figshare article should also be added to the reference list, so that we can track extra citations for you. By providing more descriptive titles of this extra content, the research becomes more discoverable via google. This in turn can drive more traffic to your original publication, giving your research even more impact!

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