[R-meta] Open Data: preferred way of publishing

Röver, Christian christian.roever at med.uni-goettingen.de
Mon Feb 5 11:20:01 CET 2018

Hi Moritz,

PLoS Journals request data to be openly available for their
publications, and they list some recommendations (inlcuding suggested
repositories) here:


In addition, you can check with your local institutional library -- for
example, at our university (Goettingen) the library offers long-term
archiving of data sets, including a DOI, etc.

Regarding the format, I would recommend going for something as simple
as possible, for example, the CSV format (essentially a text file):


Good luck,


On Sa, 2018-01-27 at 16:19 +0100, Moritz Tobiasch wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> I have not a primary technical question, but I think it is worth
> asking the experts:
> I am currently finishing on a meta-analysis, preparing for
> publication. I intend to publish my set of primary data (it’s been
> quite some work, and I guess it could be helpful to review and
> discuss on the topic). Primary data were collected in a (I know, I
> apologize for it …) Excel spreadsheet before being imported to R, and
> analysis was run in Rstudio in a Markup file.
> My question is now: based on your experience and preferences, what
> would be your ideal way to make the primary dataset and the
> calculations accessible for review and further research? Add it to
> the article as supplemental material, upload it to arxiv, GitHub, or
> just on my website?
> Any suggestions are welcome!
> Sincerely yours
> M. Tobiasch
> --
> Dr. med. Moritz Tobiasch
> Staff Physician
> Universitätskliniken LKH Innsbruck
> Dept. of Medicine
> Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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> A-6020 Innsbruck
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