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The Royal Society

The Royal SocietyThe Royal Society is at the forefront of promoting Open Data throughout the scientific community.

Read the 'Science as an Open Enterprise' report published by The Royal Society in 2012 and see the Chair of the report group,  Professor Geoffrey Boulton, giving a University Lecture on this subject in February 2014.

Complete a data management plan for The Royal Society

This link will take you through to DMPonline, a tool developed by the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) to help you write DMPs. You will need to create an account and link it to your University credentials if you have not already done so.

The Royal Society do not require a data management plan to be submitted as part of the grant application process but they do have an Open Data Policy and ‌it is a condition of publication in Royal Society journals that authors make available the data and research materials supporting the results in the article.

We therefore recommend that you create a generic data management plan and reference this when applying for funding to The Royal Society.

Once successfully logged into DMPonline, click on the link 'not applicable/not listed' when asked for a funder. Enter 'The Royal Society' for the name of the funder,  tick the DCC guidance box and click Create Plan to get started.

Further guidance is provided for each section, but please do get in touch at if you need any help.

This quick guide will help you find your way around DMPonline: Getting Started with DMPonline (PDF, 2,278 KB)

Data Accessibility section

  • All manuscripts submitted to Royal Society journals should contain a Data Accessibility section which states where the article's supporting data can be accessed. This section should also include details, where possible of where to access other relevant research materials such as statistical tools, protocols, software etc can be accessed.
  • If the data is included in the article’s Supplementary Material this should be stated here, for instance: "The datasets supporting this article have been uploaded as part of the Supplementary Material".
  • All Data Supplements in Royal Society journals will be published under a CC-BY 3.0 licence, meaning data is freely available whilst ensuring that authors are given due academic credit.
If you receive good feedback on the Data Accessibility section from The Royal Society, we would appreciate if you could share with the Research Data team (email as a good example for Royal Society proposals. We will fully acknowledge your permission to share, and access will be restricted to University users.

Expectations of particular note

  • Datasets should be deposited in an appropriate, recognised, publicly available repository. Where no data-specific repository exists authors should deposit their datasets in a general repository such as Dryad or include it in the Supplementary Material.
  • The Royal Society will cover the cost of depositing up to 20GB of data with Dryad; simply select a Royal Society journal when depositing your data.
  • If the data has been deposited in an external repository this section should list the database, accession number and link to the DOI for all data from the article that has been made publicly available, for instance:
    • DNA sequences: Genbank accessions F234391-F234402 (
    • Phylogenetic data, including alignments: TreeBASE accession number S9123 (
    • Climate data and MaxEnt input files: Dryad doi:10.5521/dryad.12311 (
  • Datasets that have been deposited in an external repository and have a DOI should also be appropriately cited in the manuscript and included in the reference list. When citing datasets, DOI names should be displayed as linkable, permanent URLs as recommended by DataCite.



Further help

You can book a meeting by emailing the Research Data team at who are happy to help you to formulate a Royal Society- or project-specific approach to data management and can help you create your Royal Society Data Management Plan.

More Information

  • (University of St Andrews) Data Management Planning for Royal Society applicants
  • (University of St Andrews) Sample Royal Society DMP
  • Data Sharing guidance


Research Data team

University of St Andrews Library
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9TR
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: (01334) 462343