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Upgrade option enables greater flexibility and collaboration for academic researchers

London, UK and Boston, USA: Figshare, an online repository for academic researchers to securely host, publish and share all their research, today launched Figshare Premium - offering users up to 20GB of private online storage space and private collaborative spaces for up to 12 research collaborators. Researchers can store and, if they choose to do so, share data, video, datasets, posters, figures and papers in a cost effective and secure way. Within these collaborative spaces is the functionality to add notes or comments to keep track of progress, protocols and ideas.

"The greater flexibility and enhanced functionality gives researchers better control of their data and makes collaborating with colleagues much easier," said Mark Hahnel, founder, Figshare. "Academics can struggle to organise their research outputs, as I once did. Figshare offers a tried and tested environment which can help them manage important outputs. The move to offer a Premium service is a significant step for Figshare and demonstrates how valued it has become to its quickly growing group of users."

There are three levels of Figshare Premium available which offer:

  • Up to 20GB of secure, private storage plus unlimited public space.
  • More private collaborative spaces with up to 20 collaborators.
  • Access-controlled team sharing and collaborative spaces with the ability to add notes and comments to files.
  • Simple, management and monitoring of all research outputs.
  • All research outputs can be made citable, visualisable, embeddable and trackable with one click.

Persistent and trackable:
All publicly available outputs are citable and trackable with a unique DOI. The impact of these objects can then be tracked using metrics, such as citations and downloads, as well as newer measures such as altmetrics. Figshare and the CLOCKSS Archive have partnered to preserve the content publically available on Figshare in CLOCKSS's geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world.

Secure and controlled access:
Figshare is hosted using Amazon Web Services to ensure the highest level of security and stability for research data. Amazon S4 stores multiple redundant copies of information so you don't have to worry about ever losing your master copy. The security and persistence of all the files hosted on Figshare makes it easy to prevent plagiarism of the research data held there, as all uploads are time-stamped. The private collaborative spaces feature allows users to keep their research visible only to themselves, or available to specified collaborators or their PI, ensuring that files can be easily located and shared.

For more information, visit http://figshare.com
For pricing information, visit http://figshare.com/pricing

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About Figshare
Figshare was the brainchild of Mark Hahnel, who whilst studying for his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College, London became frustrated at not being able to publish ALL his scientific research. Figshare enables academic researchers to make all of their research outputs available in a citable, sharable and discoverable manner. The platform allows users to upload any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow. Figshare is a portfolio company of Digital Science. For more information, visit http://figshare.com and www.digital-science.com

About Digital Science: Launched in December 2010, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. It is operated by Macmillan Science & Education - one of the largest and best known international publishing groups in the world; characterised by high-quality academic, scholarly and educational businesses. The division employs more than 5000 people operating in more than 50 countries around the world, supporting scientists, professors, teachers, journalists, editors, writers and entrepreneurs to empower learning and discovery.

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