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, acknowledge funding source(s), and upload your data and README files. MSU currently is an Institutional Member of Dryad which covers all fees, including large file costs, for MSU affiliates. 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. See Dryad’s Help section for submission requirements and the submission process.

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 Your Dataset

Preliminary Information:

  • DOI – If your manuscript has already been published then enter the DOI and your publication information will be filled in automatically.
  • Authors – An ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Learn more at
  • Funding – Multiple funding sources can be acknowledged. For appropriate LTER, GLBRC, and/or LTAR acknowledgment see

Data Description:
Here are some suggested keywords 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.

Upload Your Files

  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. You can upload multiple data files
  2. Upload a README file (required). 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.


Review your publication and data descriptions.


MSU currently is an Institutional Member of Dryad which covers all fees, including large file costs, for MSU affiliates. If not from MSU, check to see if your institution is. Or if the journal that is publishing your paper is a Publisher Member. Presently the fee is ~ $120. NOTE: Proceed only if your submission is finalized. After submitting, a Dryad curator will review your submission and send you an email of submission status.
Please send your Dryad data citation to the KBS LTER or GLBRC Information Manager.

LTER Information Manager:
GLBRC Information Manager: