figshare help

How discoverable is my research?

There are a few ways you can increase discoverability of your research:

  • Make sure your keywords are relevant — this way when people search for topics related to your work, they will be more likely to find you
  • The ‘keyword’ field is free-text, you can insert as many as you like (just remember to hit the enter button after each one!)

  • Provide as much metadata as possible. For example, make sure to change the title to a more descriptive one than just the original file name and remove the file extension
  • Share your research on social media and track the Altmetric attention. We have made it easy for you to do so:

the share menu on a figshare item page
The share menu on a Figshare item page.

Share on Twitter or embed in a blog post; the advantages of doing so is outlined in this case study.

If you need some guidance there are more case studies and/or please get in touch with us at

Where can others find my research?

Figshare works directly with a number of organizations to harvest Figshare content into their databases. A few of these organizations are described below. 

In addition to the below, there are a number of integrations Figshare offers that allow you to sync your Figshare account to sites like ORCID, GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, RSpace, Binder, OSF, and more making it even more discoverable. For more information on our integrations and applications, please visit

Please note: because Figshare has an open, fully-documented API, there may be additional databases indexing or harvesting Figshare content unknown to Figshare.


Google, Google Scholar, and Google Dataset Search

We mark up all content uploaded to Figshare to enable identification by Google. This involves configuring meta-tags in line with Google indexing guidelines so that their 'parser' software can identify your data when crawling the Figshare site. Data from DataCite suggests that Figshare content gets 10x more views than any of the other DataCite DOI minting repositories.

Please see our general Google Scholar help page, the Figshare for Institutions Google Scholar help page, and the Google Dataset Search help page for more details.

Please note: it can take a few weeks for Google to index your research.


Data Citation Index

Data Citation Index is a citation database powered by Clarivate. If your organization has access to the Data Citation Index through a subscription, you’ll have access to Figshare citation data.

For more information, please visit



Not only is Figshare a DataCite consortium member, but items published on Figshare with a DataCite DOI are harvested into DataCite’s vast database of scholarly records. You can search metadata through DataCite Commons.

For more information, please visit



DataMed is a biomedical data search engine that includes thousands of biomedical research items published on Figshare.

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Dimensions is an Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) database that indexes grants, publications, datasets, clinical trials, patents, and policy documents. Datasets published in Figshare are harvested into Dimensions automatically. 

For more information, please visit


PubMed LinkOut

PubMed LinkOut is a service that allows you to link directly from PubMed and other NCBI databases to a wide range of information and services beyond the NCBI systems. LinkOut aims to facilitate access to relevant online resources in order to extend, clarify, and supplement information found in NCBI databases. Examples of LinkOut Resources include full-text publications, biological databases, consumer health information, research tools, and more.

For more information, please visit

To see a full list of their LinkOut providers, please visit

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