There is a default list of item types available for items created in Figshare. There are also non-default item types that can be added to your instance. To add these non-default item types, please contact support@figshare.com.

 

The below list also indicates which item types are indexed by Google Scholar, Google Dataset Search, and Google Book Search.

 

Figshare Item Type

Default

Indexed by

Description

Figure

Yes


Figures are generally photos, graphs and static images that would be represented in traditional pdf publications.

Media

Yes


Media is any form of research output that is recorded and played. This is most commonly video, but can be audio or 3D representations.

Dataset

Yes

Google Dataset Search

Datasets usually provide raw data for analysis. This raw data often comes in spreadsheet form, but can be any collection of data, on which analysis can be performed.

Poster

Yes

Scholar

Poster sessions are particularly prominent at academic conferences. Posters are usually one frame of a powerpoint (or similar) presentation and are represented at full resolution to make them zoomable.

Journal contribution

Yes

Scholar

Any type of content formally published in an academic journal, usually following a peer-review process.

Conference contribution

Yes

Scholar

Any type of content contributed to an academic conference, such as papers, presentations, lectures or proceedings.

Preprint

Yes

Scholar

Preprints are manuscripts made publicly available before they have been submitted for formal peer review and publication. They might contain new research findings or data. Preprints can be a draft or final version of an authors' research but must not have been accepted for publication at the time of submission.

Presentation

Yes

Scholar

Academic presentations can be uploaded in their original slide format. Presentations are usually represented as slide decks. Videos of presentations can be uploaded as media.

Thesis

Yes

Scholar

In order to distinguish essays and pre-prints from academic theses, we have a separate category. These are often much longer text based documents than a paper.

Software

Yes


Code as a research output can either be uploaded directly from your computer or through the code management system GitHub. Versioning of code repositories is supported.

Book

Yes

Google Book Search (+Scholar)

Books are generally long-form documents, a specialist work of writing that contains multiple chapters or a detailed written study.

Online resource

Yes


Any type of resource available online.

Chapter

No

Scholar

Division of a book, which in a scholarly context usually treats a part of a larger subject in a stand-alone manner.

Peer review

No


The evaluation of a scholarly work, usually performed before formal publication by a number of field experts.

Educational resource

No


Any type of content useful for teaching, learning or research in an educational context.

Report

No

Scholar

A formal account of an observation, investigation, finding, activity or any other type of information. 

Standard

No


A formal and detailed description of an invention, protocol or workflow; examples include patents, patent applications and requests for comments (RFC).

Composition

No


A creative work in a fine art context, such as a piece of music or a poem.

Collection

No



Funding

No


A resource describing various aspects related to the funding of a research venture, such as funding agency, amount, grant name or recipient. 

Physical object

No


A record describing any type of physical object, such as a work of art, instrument or archaeological artefact.

Data management plan

No


Data management plans are an integral part of a research venture, describing what data will be collected or created and how, and also the means by which it will be shared and preserved.

Workflow

No


Resource describing protocols, procedures, methods or activities part of a scientific experiment.

Monograph

No

Google Book Search (+Scholar)

A non-serial scholarly publication (either one or multiple finite volumes).

Performance

No


The presentation of a theatrical play or music concert within a fine art context.

Event 

No


Information on the purpose, location, duration, agents or effects of an occurrence such as a conference, performance, natural phenomenon, or conflagration.

Service

No


A system supplying a research need, such as a facility, instrument or API. 

Model

No


A formal representation of any system, entity, phenomenon or structure useful in the research endeavour.

Registration


No



Description of a research project, including, for example, the hypotheses, data collection plans, or scripts, provided before any actual experiment or analysis is performed.