January 28, 2022

New Research Paper: “Research Data Explored II: the Anatomy and Reception of Figshare”

Note: The first paper in the Research Data Explored series was mentioned on infoDOCKET a couple of weeks ago. See: “Research Data Explored: Citations Versus Altmetrics”


Research Data Explored II: the Anatomy and Reception of Figshare


Peter Kraker

Elisabeth Lex
Graz University of Technology, Knowledge Technologies Institute

Juan Gorraiz
University of Vienna

sabella Peters
ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Christian Gumpenberger
University of Vienna

Isabella Peters
ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics




This is the second paper in a series of bibliometric studies of research data. In this paper, we present an analysis of figshare, one of the largest multidisciplinary repositories for research materials to date. We analysed the structure of items archived in figshare, their usage, and their reception in two altmetrics sources (PlumX and ImpactStory).

We found that figshare acts as a platform for newly published research materials, and as an archive for PLOS. Depending on the function, we found different bibliometric characteristics. Items archived from PLOS tend to be coming from the natural sciences and are often unviewed and non-downloaded.

Self-archived items, however, come from a variety of disciplines and exhibit some patterns of higher usage. In the altmetrics analysis, we found that Twitter was the social media service where research data gained most attention; generally, research data published in 2014 were most popular across social media services. PlumX detects considerably more items in social media and also finds higher altmetric scores than ImpactStory.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.