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Faculty Toolkit for Publishing

This guide is designed to assist faculty with publishing regardless of previous experience.

Research Data Management

As researchers face increasing requirements from funding agencies to make their research data publicly available, having a better understanding of research data management practices can help guide them through the research process.

Creating a Data Management Plan

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that describes the data a researcher will acquire and generate throughout the research process and how that data will be used afterward.  A DMP will outline how the data will be managed, described, stored, preserved, and shared.


The DMPTool is a free, open-source, online application that helps researchers create data management plans. These plans, or DMPs, are now required by many funding agencies as part of the grant proposal submission process. The DMPTool provides a click-through wizard for creating a DMP that complies with funder requirements. It also has direct links to funder websites, help text for answering questions, and resources for best practices surrounding data management.

Storing Data

ERAU supports faculty, student, and staff researchers who wish to organize, store and provide open access to their datasets in Scholarly Commons, the university’s institutional repository.  For more information on providing open access to research data, please contact

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