Open Science Framework now a recommended repository for the Nature Publishing Group’s data journal, Scientific Data

Aug. 12, 2015

The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce that the Open Science Framework (OSF) is now listed as a recommended repository for the Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Data journal. The OSF joins leading repositories figshare, Dryad, and Harvard’s Dataverse on the list of recommended resources for this journal, which has a demonstrated commitment to transparency and reproducibility in scientific research.

Features essential to scientific reproducibility: centralization of files, data and protocol storage, versioning and logging, registration of projects, and GUIDs or DOIs for persistent access, are built into the OSF, making it a suitable repository for those publishing in Scientific DataScientific Data is an open-access, online-only publication for Data Descriptors of scientifically valuable datasets. These Data Descriptors aim to maximize data reuse and reproducibility, often including greater detail about methods and measurements than do traditional publishing formats.

The non-profit Center for Open Science develops and maintains the OSF to support the entire research workflow, from project planning through data archiving. Additional features of the OSF include project-level permissions to control public and private access, in-browser rendering of many file types, and metrics to track the impact of your work. File sharing with peer-reviewers is facilitated by view-only links, which provide private and anonymized sharing of project contents. Integrations with 3rd party services like Dropbox, Box, and GitHub streamline researcher workflows and centralize materials. The OSF is free, open source, and backed by a preservation fund to ensure perpetual access.

Scientific Data’s recommendation of OSF use begins with the social science data category, and will be followed by evaluation for fit in other categories in the near future. COS is encouraged by Nature Publishing Group’s commitment to improving transparency and reproducibility in science through the Scientific Data journal. The journal complements the overall COS mission and specific initiatives, such as the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) GuidelinesBadges to Acknowledge Open PracticesRegistered Reports, and the Pre-Registration Challenge.


The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology startup founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The Open Science Framework (OSF), COS’s flagship product, is a web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers can use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. Learn more at cos.ioand


Sara Bowman
Center for Open Science