Reasons to publish

Scientific Data aims to promote wider data sharing and reuse, as well as credit those that share their data and is open to submissions from all areas of natural sciences, medicine, engineering and social sciences – including descriptions and analysis of big and small data, from major consortiums, single labs and individuals.

Manuscripts must make an original contribution but they are not assessed based on their perceived significance, importance or impact. 

Why publish with Scientific Data?


Publishing with Scientific Data provides citable, peer-reviewed credit for created datasets.


Allow the publication of datasets that may not be well-suited for traditional research journals and grant recognition to those who may not qualify for authorship on traditional papers.


All papers published in Scientific Data are indexed in Web of Science, PubMed, PubMed Central, MEDLINE, Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being available and discoverable on


Standardized and detailed descriptions make research data easier to find and reuse, allowing data to be utilised in future experiments and research. This will also fulfil a significant part of funders' data-management requirements, particularly by demonstrating and promoting the reuse potential of research data.


Publishing a Data Descriptor will enable the data generated to be more widely available to your peers and community, as well as easily understandable and reproducible.


Papers and any associated data are published fully open access.


Focused peer-review evaluates the technical quality and completeness of each paper and associated datasets with standards upheld by an Editorial Board of recognized experts from a broad range of fields. Fast review turnaround and rapid publication of papers ensures that authors are able to publish their data in a timely manner.

Expert Service

Expert editorial support and services ensure each submission and publication is dealt with in a timely and professional manner.


The technology and experience of the Nature Research provides powerful searching of, linking to and visualization of content.

Find out more about how to publish with Scientific Data.