Content Policy

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This page offers the text of the current (original) collection policy for the Dryad repository, and the proposed revised version.

Current Collection Policy

Dryad is a repository of scientific data. Dryad strives to collect all data associated with articles appearing in its partner journals, as well as related publications that appear in other venues. For data that is inside the scope of another repository, Dryad may make the data available to the secondary repository while retaining a copy, or Dryad may simply provide a mechanism for researchers to find data in the secondary repository.

Although Dryad focuses on serving its partner journals, Dryad will make an effort to accommodate data accompanying scientific articles in other fields when there is no repository that would be more appropriate for such data. Data unrelated to the coverage of the partner journals is subject to approval by the Dryad Management board. Data files are limited to a maximum size of 1GB, and no more than 10GB of material may be submitted for a single article. In cases where data is deemed to lack sufficient scientific merit, it may be removed from the repository.

Data must be associated with a peer-reviewed publication to be accepted by Dryad.

Last revised: 2011-4-27

July 2012 proposed revision

Dryad is an international repository of data underlying articles in the basic and applied biosciences, particularly data for which no specialized repository exists. While priority is given to data associated with articles appearing in partner and member journals, Dryad accepts data accompanying any scientific publication within this broad disciplinary scope.

All material in Dryad is associated with a scientific publication. Most data in the repository are associated with peer-reviewed articles, although data associated with non-peer reviewed publications from reputable academic sources, such as dissertations, are also accepted.

For data that are within the scope of another repository, Dryad may make the data available to the secondary repository while retaining a copy, or Dryad may simply provide a mechanism for researchers to find data in the secondary repository.

Non-data supplemental materials may also be deposited in Dryad, depending on journal policy. This includes software code associated with a scientific publication, in cases where a public repository with version control is not deemed to be suitable by the author(s).

Ordinarily, data files are limited to a maximum size of 1GB, and no more than 10GB of material may be submitted for a single article. Special accommodations may be made for larger submissions.

All materials (excepting a limited amount of legacy content) are made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) waiver, which reduces legal and technical impediments to reuse by waiving copyright and related rights to the extent permitted by law.

All Dryad submissions must be in English; Dryad curators cannot effectively review or curate submissions in other languages at this time.


Revision goals: reflect expanded scope approved by Board July 2011; see report

  • software
  • non-data supplemental materials
  • non-peer reviewed publications
  • partners/members terminology
  • partner/members can be entities other than journals

Also adds reference to

  • CC0
  • all materials must be associated with a publication
  • all submissions must be in English