Dryad is a repository of data underlying peer-reviewed scientific literature.  Submitting data to Dryad is easy; the process should take about 30 minutes once your files are prepared. You will describe your publication and data, upload your data and pay the Dryad fee with a voucher code received from the LTER or GLBRC Information Manager. This document includes a few tips and specifics for submitting LTER and GLBRC projects.

Go to and sign up for a new account and then begin submitting data.

You will be asked to agree to the Dryad Terms of Service that puts your data in the public domain. While there are no restrictions on using the data, it is expected that people cite the original publication and the data package if they make substantive reuse of the data.

Describe publication

Enter publication metadata.

  1. DOI – If your manuscript has already been published then it should have a DOI (publication identifier). If you enter it here then your publication information will be filled in automatically.
  2. Authors – An ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Learn more at You can look up the other authors in this Dryad section to determine if they have an ORCID. It is not required.
  3. Geographic areas covered in this publication – Here are some suggested words that you should use depending on where your samples were collected. Using these terms will improve searches.
    1. Experiment
    2. Site location
      • KBS Long-term Ecological Research main site, GLBRC Intensive Site-Kellogg Biological Station, GLBRC Intensive Site-Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), Lux Arbor Reserve, Marshall Farm, Michigan, Wisconsin, United States.

Add and describe data file

Enter metadata.

  1. It is best to upload your data as a comma delimited file (CSV) or text file;
    these will be readable for a longer period of time than Excel or Word files for example.
  2. After you upload a data file, you will be able to upload a README.txt file.
    The readme file should include any additional metadata that is not in
    your data file such as:

    • variate descriptions
    • units
    • scripts used to manipulate the data
    • If the data that you published is in the LTER or GLBRC data catalog,
      then be sure to list the data web addresses. The data catalog may include more data than you used in your publication and that is fine because your Dryad submission will include only the published data.

You can add more data files.


Review your publication and data descriptions. You will not be able to edit it after the next step.

Checkout and Submit

Enter a voucher code or use a credit card to pay the Dryad fee. Presently the fee is ~ $120. To cover the cost of the Dryad submission, request a voucher code from the LTER or GLBRC Information Manager. NOTE: Proceed only if your submission is finalized. After submitting, a Dryad curator will review your submission and send you an email. You will receive a DOI that can be used to cite your data package. Please send your Dryad data citation to the KBS LTER or GLBRC Information Manager.

LTER Information Manager:
GLBRC Information Manager: