Sharing on PhysioNet

We invite you to contribute your data and software. Sharing on PhysioNet helps you to receive credit for your efforts through scholarly data citations. We understand the challenges of sharing in the health sciences and we are committed to helping to overcome them.

We work with you to help ensure that important data and software are properly archived, cleanly described, and easy to reuse.

There are many advantages to sharing code and data, both for you and the public.

Individual Incentives
  • Enabling reproducibility of your study, helping to establish credibility.
  • Improving the dicoverability of your work, through increased citations.
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration.
Public Incentives
  • Allow the scientific community to reuse your resource and maximize its impact.
  • Encourage better quality, more transparent research.

Before submitting your work, please review our author guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Submission process

Submitting data and software to PhysioNet is similar to submitting an article to a journal. Briefly, the process for submitting your work for publication in PhysioNet is as follows:

  • If you are the submitting author, create a new project using the project management system.
  • Add your project details. These will include contact information for co-authors, descriptive text, and data files.
  • Once you are satisfied, submit the project to the editorial team for review.
  • You will be notified of an editorial decision when the review process is complete.
  • Once any issues have been addressed, your data or software will be published on PhysioNet.
  • When a project is published, its content is fixed and cannot be changed.

Preparing for submission

PhysioNet helps you to ensure that your data and software is sufficiently well organized to enable reuse by the community. Before submitting your project for review, please make sure that you have:

  • Added all co-authors to the system. Co-authors will receive a notification message upon submission and must approve of the submission prior to publication.
  • Provided detailed information about the resource. This information must include a high-level background, relevant methodology on the resource creation, notes for reuse, acknowledgments, and any conflicts of interest.
  • Selected an appropriate license for releasing your data files.
  • Converted all files to an open, non-proprietary format.

Criteria for publication

Our goals are to ensure that the data is safe to share and that it is sufficiently well structured and described for it to be a valuable resource for the research community. Some of the high-level criteria that we will be considering when reviewing your project include:

Data Quality
  • The data is produced in a sound manner.
  • The data is adequately described.
  • The data files are provided in an open format.
  • The data files are machine readable.
  • All the information needed for reuse is present.
  • No protected health information is contained.
  • The content is suitable for PhysioNet.
Software Quality
  • The project follows good practice in software development.
  • The software is adequately described.
  • The software is provided in an open format.
  • No protected health information is contained.
  • All the information needed for reuse is present.
  • The content is suitable for PhysioNet.

Editorial process

Once your project is submitted to PhysioNet, it will be reviewed by one or more content specialists. Based on this review, you will be provided with an initial editorial decision within four weeks from submission. The possible decisions are:

  1. Accept: The editor is mostly satisfied with the content. The submission continues into the copyedit stage.
  2. Resubmit: The content is suitable for publication, but changes are required to make it more clear or reusable. Changes may include adding required information, restructuring files, and rewording content. Once the submitting author has made these changes, they may resubmit the project for review.
  3. Reject: The content is not suitable for publication.


When sharing data and software, it is important to be clear about how you intend the content to be reused. To maximize reuse potential of the content, we encourage permissive, open licenses. Currently, authors submitting content to PhysioNet are able to select the following licenses.





Submit your Project

Click here to create your project.