Whitepaper: Practical challenges for researchers in data sharing

Recent white paper based on survey of >7,700 researchers worldwide

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In one of the largest surveys of researchers about research data (with over 7,700 respondents), Springer Nature finds widespread data sharing associated with published works and a desire from researchers that their data are discoverable. 

This whitepaper examines the results of this survey and discusses the challenges that researchers face in sharing their data. The whitepaper looks at data sharing attitudes globally, as well as in relation to region, subject and seniority.

Access the related infographic for this whitepaper - highlighting key takeaways from the report.

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We are a global publisher dedicated to providing the best possible service to the whole research community. We help authors to share their discoveries; enable researchers to find, access and understand the work of others and support librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data. We use our position and our influence to champion the issues that matter to the research community – standing up for science; taking a leading role in open research and being powerful advocates for the highest quality and ethical standards in research. We advance discovery by publishing robust and insightful research, supporting the development of new areas of knowledge and making ideas and knowledge accessible around the world.


Go to the profile of Harpreet Singh
about 2 years ago


Is it possible to have questionnaire used for the survey? Many thanks.

Go to the profile of Isabel Roth
about 2 years ago

Hi Harpreet - no problem, you can see the questions in the top row of the survey data here.