There are a number of reasons why you may want to conditionally upload your files:
1. How to link an external 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.
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.
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