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Figshare for Institutions End User Guide: Home

This is a guide for end users using Figshare for Institutions. Please feel free to customise for your own institution's needs.

Guide description

Welcome to Figshare for Institutions


Your institution now has access to Figshare, an online platform for citing, sharing, and discovering research data. This user guide will walk you through the process of uploading, publishing, and sharing your data on Figshare.


For more guidance on using Figshare, please visit

What is Figshare?

What is Figshare?


Figshare is a place to make all your research data citable, shareable, and discoverable. Use it to share your supplementary research to make them first class outputs. Share both positive and negative results and get credit for all your research.


Some of the features of Figshare include the following.


  • Your research is assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). This means you can cite it as a research output alongside your paper or as a freestanding piece of data.
  • Figshare complies with funder mandates around making data openly accessible and storing it in perpetuity.
  • You can use Figshare to make your data private or share it with the world by making it public.
  • Data that is uploaded to Figshare is marked for indexing in Google Scholar and Google Dataset Search. This helps improve the exposure of your research.
  • We track usage statistics, including views, downloads, citations, and Altmetrics.


For more information, you can find us at:


twitter: @figshare

general enquiries: 

support site:

knowledge portal:

How to login

How to login


To login, click on the red Log in button in the top right side of the screen. Enter your user name and password. These may be your institution’s single sign-on credentials or you may have been issued a username and password.



How to upload your data

How to upload your data


There are several ways to upload your data, depending on the size:

  1. Through My data where you can drag and drop files of up to 5GB (default limit). If you need to upload a single file that is bigger than 5GB please submit a support ticket here and we will lift the limit to allow you to do so.
  2. Using our desktop uploader or the Figshare API, especially when working with large file/s - most web browsers can cope with about 5GB singe file uploads. For more on uploading using the desktop uploader or the API, click here.
  3. If these options do not meet your needs, please create a support ticket or get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do.

Your private space limit is dependent on your institution. Please contact your institutional admins if you require more space.


1. Select the +Create a new item button from the top left or just drag and drop your file(s) into the browser.

Dragging more than one file into the browser will prompt you to create one item with multiple files or create

individual new items.



2. Insert a Title. For information on how best to complete the fields for maximum exposure of your data, see our how-to guide here. Tips on how to fill out each of the fields can also be found on the right side of the screen.




3. Add Authors. You can rearrange the order in which the authors appear and remove yourself as an author if you are uploading on behalf of someone. You can also search by entering the email address or ORCID (if the author has synced their ORCID to their Figshare account) of the author you want to add. To add an author who doesn’t have a Figshare account, select Add author details and enter their name, email address (optional), and ORCID (optional).



4. Select a Category. These are taken from the Australian Fields of Research classification system. You can choose more than one and either select from the drop-down menu or search for your subject area. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we recommend finding the best option and getting more specific in the Keywords section.



4b. You may see a field called Group. This is an optional field set by your institution which allows users to select the group in which the item should appear. If this field appears on your institution’s instance of Figshare, please select a group from the dropdown menu. You can also search for the group in the search bar at the top of the menu. 

When this item is published, it will appear in the group you have selected from the menu. If the text in the field is grey, it means you only belong to one group and are unable to select any alternative groups.



5. Select the Item type from the drop-down menu. We accept any file type and preview over 1,200 file extensions in the browser. This field may be auto populated based on the file extension you have uploaded but you can override it by selected a different option from the drop-down menu.



6. Add Keyword(s). These should be more specific than the category and help others find your research. Add as many keywords as you want - just hit enter after each keyword. Figshare remembers ones you’ve entered previously and will suggest keywords based on keywords that have been added to the database previously.



7. Write a Description. This should include any relevant information that pertains to your research - this might include information about the methodology, approval for data collection, or legal or ethical requirements. Be as descriptive as you can! You can also paste HTML into this field.



8. You can also add Funding information related to your data and References to other materials related to your research outputs. When typing in your funder information, Figshare will search the Dimensions database for your funder and hyperlink to the Dimensions page bridging the connection between your research outputs and the funder. To add funding information that doesn’t appear in Dimensions, just type the funder information into the field and don’t select anything from the drop-down menu.


Neither of these fields are required in order to publish data.




Once you’ve published the item, you can click on the Funding information to see more information.



Please note: If you're a Figshare for Institutions user, you may see fields called Resource Title and Resource DOI. This is a set of fields that allow you to create a link between a peer-reviewed publication and your data. Simply add the publication title and DOI into these fields, respectively, and when you publish your item, a title and link to the publication will appear in a box on the right hand side of the public page for your item.



9. Select a License. This will determine how others can reuse your data. You can choose from a number of licenses based on your reuse requirements. For more information on which license to choose, click here.



10. Tick Publish. When doing so, you’ll be prompted to check the license you’ve assigned and the terms of use. If your institution has review turned on, you may be prompted that your item will be sent for review before it’s made publicly available. Make sure everything you have submitted is accurate - once it’s published, it’s permanently available.


Other things to consider:

  • Ensure your data does not breach the 'Data Protection Act'.
  • Ensure you have removed any Protected Health information.
  • Ensure you have removed any identifying information.




Edit in batch

Edit in batch


You can go back and edit items after you’ve made them publicly available. Some changes may trigger a new version. See here to find out which amends will generate a new version of your item.


You can also batch edit items that have already been published. In My Data, select the items to be updated, click on Actions at the top of the page, and select Edit in batch.



Once you’ve selected the items to be edited in bulk, select the metadata fields to edit. Custom metadata fields will be displayed here, as well.



How to upload linked files, embargoed items and restricted access, and metadata records only

How to upload linked files, embargoed items and restricted access, and metadata records only


There are a number of reasons why you may want to conditionally upload your files:


  • There may be ethically or commercially sensitive data
  • You may not have permission to make the data available (i.e. the research hasn’t been published yet)
  • Your data may be stored somewhere else, but you want to link to it to get a DOI


1. How to upload a linked file

Click the Link file button at the top of the screen and copy the link in the box. This option only appears if you haven’t uploaded a file to the item. The below GIF includes an example of a linked file item on Figshare.



2. How to upload an embargoed item and restricted access

Select the Apply Embargo and restricted access button. Select a time period for the embargo; for permanent embargoes, select 'permanent embargo' at the bottom of the dropdown menu. Choose whether the embargo is on the files only or on the entire content (files and metadata). Depending on how your institution has configured restricted publishing, you may see additional options for who can access the embargoed content.


  • Nobody: nobody will have access to the embargoed content publicly until the embargo period expires.
  • Administration: only users authorised by your institution will have access to the embargoed content until the embargo period expires.
  • Custom: under this option, the item owner can choose whether to restrict access to logged in users of one or more groups within the institution and/or users within a certain IP range.

The item owner can also add an option reason as to why this item is under an embargo. This is useful for people who are viewing the public metadata record.



3. How to make metadata records

Tick the metadata record only box at the top of the screen and enter a reason. This option only appears if you haven’t uploaded a file to the item. The below GIF includes an example of a metadata record.


How to restore a deleted file

How to restore a deleted file


Once a file is deleted from an item, you have 30 days to restore it. Simply select the option to restore it on the right hand side, hover over the file(s) you want to restore, and click on the circular icon to restore the files to the item.


How to request more storage quota

How to request more storage quota


Login and head to your My Data tab. When hovering over the storage bar you will see the option to request more. Clicking on request more? brings up the form shown below. Enter the total overall storage quota you require and any additional comments that may assist your administrator when deciding on the modified storage amount. Hit submit and once approved your new quota amount will be visible in the storage bar.


How to use keywords to organise files (alternative to a file structure)

How to use keywords to organise files (alternative to a file structure)

While Figshare doesn’t currently offer a folder structure to organise files, you can use the keyword feature as an alternative. There are actually alternatives to using keywords as items can be in multiple ‘folders’ by having multiple tags. The below example shows how to use keywords as a way of organising your data.


1. Upload the items you want to organise into your My Data as instructed above.

2. Select the items you want to add a keyword to (i.e. items you want to organise within a folder) and click Actions, Edit in batch (documentation on how to edit in batch can also be found above).

3. Click on Keywords. From this screen, you can add a keyword to all items you’ve chosen to edit. In this example, we’ve added ‘Land Use Maps of the UK - ‘ to the start of each title and some Keywords to each one:

‘land use mapping’
‘Project XYZ123’

Then the three maps from England were selected and batch edit was used to give those the additional keyword tag:


Then the three maps from Northern Ireland were selected and batch edit was used to give those the additional keyword tag:




4. Now that these items have various keywords acting as folders and subfolders, you can search within your My Data to see items with one or more of those keywords:


5. You can then add these items to a Project and also search within the Project for various keywords. Guidance on how to create a Project is available below. Adding these items to a Project is a good way of allowing others to upload items, as well. Another member of the project (with contributor status) can add more items to the project with the appropriate folder and subfolder tags, so that searches for those keyword tags within the project would find the items from both contributors.



Batch edit can be used to replace these tags prior to publication if you don’t want these internal file management tags to be seen on the published items.

How to use projects

How to use projects


Projects are collaborative spaces used for ongoing work. You can upload data that is in progress and have users make comments. Projects are secure spaces that can be used for sensitive data. You can also collaborate with people outside your institution by inviting them to your project.


There are two different types of projects: individual projects and group projects.


Individual Projects

Group Projects

Everyone uses their own quota and account storage.

Submitters’ quota will not be used, storage allocation comes directly from the project.

People take their work with them if they leave the project.

All work is stored on institutional storage and remains within the project space if people leave.

Items are created using the metadata schema of the submitter.

Contributors must adopt the metadata schema of the project owner.

Items appear in the subgroup of the uploader.

Items appear in the subgroup of the project owner.

Items published by users from outside the organisation don’t have to go through review (if review is turned on for the group).

Items published by users from outside the organisation have to go through review (if review is turned on for the group).


1. How to start a project


Go to your My Data page and select the Projects tab. Click on the +Create a new project button. Complete the metadata fields as descriptively as possible. If this project is for individual use, select the individual option under Allocate storage. To use group storage, select the group option and find the relevant group.


Add users to the project by searching on the right hand side. Add users not currently on Figshare by clicking on the invite new users link. Users can either be collaborators or viewers. Collaborators can comment on the project and the data within it and upload items, while viewers can only view the data. To make the project public, you must first make at least one item public within the project.


Please note: The project owner, collaborators, and viewers cannot edit another uploader’s items. Items must be downloaded, edited, and re-uploaded to the project.



2. How to add data and notes to a project


Select Add a new item, which takes you to the metadata form. Once you’ve saved the item, it will appear in the home page of the project. As a collaborator, you can comment on individual items within the project or on the project as a whole. 


You can also move data from your My data to a project by clicking the checkbox to the left of the item you want to move in your My data, clicking on Actions, selecting Move to/from project, and selecting the project you want to move the data to/from.



How to use collections

How to use Collections


Collections are ways of collating data that bring it together under a theme. They can be either private or public and can be assigned a DOI. 


1. How to create a Collection


Go to the Collections tab under My Data. Complete the sections with a green dot next to them to make it public. Click Save changes once you’ve completed the form.




2. How to add data to a Collection


There are two ways to add data to a Collection: 


1) Once you’ve created the Collection, select Add public items or My data. If you select from public items, you can search and select the items you wish to add to your collection. The same process applies if you choose from your data. If you’re a member of an institution that is using Figshare for Institution, you can also filter by your institution’s data. 



2) If you find a public item you wish to add to a Collection, simply select +Collect and choose the Collection to add it to.


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3. How to publish a Collection


Once you’ve collected your data, you can make your Collection public by selecting the Manage gear wheel on the right side of the screen and selecting Publish collection. Once you’ve published a collection, it’s permanent.




4. Updating a Collection


In order to display metadata changes or new items that have been added to or removed from the collection, a new version of the collection must be generated. Once the changes have been made, click on the 'Manage' cog wheel in the top right of the collection and select 'Generate version'.


How to sync your ORCiD

How to sync your ORCiD


Figshare offers an ORCiD integration that, once connected, will allow you to push all of your public items from Figshare to ORCiD.

To push all of your public items from Figshare to ORCID you need to ensure DataCite is authorised on your ORCiD account. DataCite are responsible for issuing the DOIs to data in Figshare. Once authorised, your public Figshare items will be displayed in the work section of your ORCiD profile. The following screenshots show you how to authorize DataCite on your ORCiD account.


Step 1: Sign in at 



Step 2: Sign in with your ORCiD



Step 3: Authorize



After logging in to your ORCiD account:

1. Scroll down to the Works section and click +Add works
2. Select Search & link, you’ll be presented with the services you can link to
3. Select DataCite

Next, you will be presented with a permissions form. Upon reviewing the Privacy Policy, tick the box alongside 'Allow this permission until I revoke it' and select Authorise.

You will then be taken to your DataCite settings page. To check the authorisation has worked successfully head back to ORCiD and to your Account Settings tab. ORCiD should now be listed as a Trusted organisation.

Furthermore, you can set up a DataCite profile (if you don't already have one) and then give DataCite permission to automatically update your ORCID record. You only have to do that once and DataCite will keep on updating your ORCID record every time they mint a DOI, where your ORCID iD is included in the metadata. See and click on ORCID Auto-Update once you have a profile set up. In this way, you do not have to keep manually adding Figshare items to your ORCID account. This is especially useful when you have a lot of data! 


To then sync your ORCiD to your Figshare profile, follow these steps:


Step 1: Click on Connect and enable syncing with your ORCiD



Step 2: Sign in to ORCiD



Step 3: Authorize



Step 4: Your ORCiD is now synced


If you require any assistance, please submit a support ticket.