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In this video, Dr Lee Fallin introduces Figshare as a scholarly communication tool.
Figshare focuses on helping researchers  build credit for all of their research   including the data. Here you can see now that I’m logged in I’ve got the ability to drag   files to upload and there’s already an existing  file here from a collaborative research project   I did a number of years ago. A really  good way for us to share the raw data.   Here is an example of another author’s data  set linked to a publication. This enables these   authors to gain additional views downloads and citations for their data in addition to their article. Figshare also allows broader repositories  to be built such as this the National Teaching   Repository. Here’s an example of one of the assets that I’ve uploaded.
Because I’ve uploaded it   through Figshare, this has been allocated a DOI I’m able to track the views downloads and alt metrics.

What is FigShare?

Figshare is an online open access repository where researchers can preserve and share their research outputs in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. The outputs that can be shared include figures, datasets, images, and videos of up to 20 GB in size. It is free to upload content and free to access, in adherence to the principle of open data.

Key stats

Over 80,000 citations of figshare content to date

How can it be used for scholarly communication?

Figshare is designed to help researchers store, share, discover and research. One of the core principles is to help researchers gain credit for all their outputs. In scholarly communication, much emphasis is placed on peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. Figshare aims to bring attention to data in its many forms, allowing researchers to provide such files as a distinct, citable output too.

Getting started

You can create a FigShare account for free and then take a look at the World of FigShare.

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