Best practices for data sharing in phylogenetic research

PLoS Curr. 2014 Jun 19;6:ecurrents.tol.bf01eff4a6b60ca4825c69293dc59645. doi: 10.1371/currents.tol.bf01eff4a6b60ca4825c69293dc59645.


As phylogenetic data becomes increasingly available, along with associated data on species' genomes, traits, and geographic distributions, the need to ensure data availability and reuse become more and more acute. In this paper, we provide ten "simple rules" that we view as best practices for data sharing in phylogenetic research. These rules will help lead towards a future phylogenetics where data can easily be archived, shared, reused, and repurposed across a wide variety of projects.

Grant support

Funding for this work comes from the NSF AVAToL (, grant numbers #1208809 (KC), #1208270 (MO), and #1208912 (LH & CL). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.