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Data Sharing Support

To simplify submission and strengthen the reproducibility of the research we publish, PLOS Pathogens offers authors the option to have their data deposited in the Dryad repository as part of the submission process. As a one year pilot, PLOS Pathogens will cover the costs of sharing data in Dryad for accepted papers that were submitted from October 2021. Learn more about the benefits of sharing data in a repository and why this has been implemented for PLOS Pathogens.

Using Dryad is easy and integrated with manuscript submission. Here's what to expect:

  1. During the manuscript submission process, choose “Research data” as the type of file to upload and upload your data files to get a Dryad DOI (a unique link for your files)

  2. Later in the manuscript submission form, enter the DOI in the Data Availability Statement 

  3. During peer review, your data will be accessible only to the editor, reviewers and journal staff via Editorial Manager

  4. If your manuscript is accepted, your data files will be checked by Dryad to ensure they are ready for publication

  5. At publication, your data will become publicly available on Dryad for free, with bi-directional linking to and from your research article

Depositing data in Dryad will help authors comply faster and more effectively with PLOS Pathogensdata sharing policy.


Benefits of Using Dryad

Depositing research data into Dryad has several benefits for authors including:


  • Depositing data in a repository has been associated with a 25% increase in citations to the associated research article (Colavizza et al. 2020)

  • The data undergoes curation to check it meets minimum standards, making it more reusable

  • Dryad will assign the dataset a DOI meaning citations to the dataset can be tracked

  • Dryad datasets are indexed in search engines such as Scopus and Google, helping give researchers more recognition for sharing their data

There are other reasons why sharing research data in a repository is beneficial for authors. See PLOS’ dedicated page on the benefits of data sharing.

How to Deposit

Uploading your data to Dryad is easy and intuitive thanks to its integration with Editorial Manager. 

What you will need:

  • All raw data and images files necessary to conduct your analysis

  • A README file explaining what the files are and how you used them

Western blots and/or gel images should be uploaded as Supplementary Information not to Dryad.

To upload your data to Dryad:

  1. Upload your data files on the Research data from the Item Type drop down menu.

  2. Choose to deposit to Dryad Digital Repository on the Select repository drop down menu and click on Create Deposit and Go to Upload Page. You may be prompted to sign into Dryad with your ORCID.

  3. Dryad will open in a new window. Fill in the information about the dataset in the form provided. 

  4. Upload your dataset files and submit the dataset. Do not close the window until the submission is complete.

  5. Dryad will assign a DOI for your dataset. It will appear alongside a message that the submission was successful. Make a note of the DOI.

  6. Once the data submission is complete, close the pop-up window and return to Editorial Manager to complete your manuscript submission. Remember to enter the Dryad DOI when you are asked about data availability in the Additional Information section.

Dryad pages that might be useful are:

Dryad submission process
Good data practices
Dryad FAQs - including details about the information you need to include alongside your dataset.

Please note that there is no charge for PLOS Pathogens authors using this service.

What Can Be Uploaded to Dryad

Dryad can accommodate all file types. Dryad recommends that individual files not exceed 10GB. Authors with datasets >300GB should contact Dryad directly for assistance at

Be sure to:

Software scripts and code can be uploaded via Dryad and published at Zenodo, which allows public software deposits with version control for the ongoing maintenance of software packages. See the Dryad FAQs for more information.

Data Availability Statement

Read the PLOS Pathogens page on Data Availability requirements.

After Submission

Peer review

Once you submit your manuscript, a private link to the dataset will be included in the PDF that is sent out to reviewers. It is not compulsory for reviewers to look at the dataset but they may choose to do so. The dataset will not be publicly available at this point. Please do not edit the dataset whilst the manuscript is being handled by PLOS Editorial staff or peer reviewers.



If revisions to the dataset are asked for after peer review or by PLOS Editorial staff, then authors will have the opportunity to edit the dataset. The dataset can be accessed and edited via Editorial Manager on the Attach Files page or by logging into Dryad. Editing the dataset at this stage will not change the DOI and the dataset will remain private.



Once the manuscript has been accepted, Dryad will start curation on the dataset. They will carry out checks to ensure it meets their minimum requirements and contact the author if the dataset needs amending. For more information on Dryad’s curation process see their FAQ on curation.



Once your article is published, the dataset will be made available on Dryad. This happens automatically and you will be notified by email. There will be bi-directional linking between the article and the dataset.


Transfer, Rejection and Withdrawal

If your manuscript is transferred to another PLOS journal, rejected or the authors withdraw it, the dataset will remain in Dryad, however, the cost of the curation ($120) will not be covered. Your institution may have a partnership with Dryad that covers these fees. If you do not wish to keep your dataset in Dryad you can delete it.