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ZivaHub Data Sharing and Publishing: Publishing Options

This guide details all the information needed when using UCT's Institutional Repository ZivaHub

Publishing Options

Publishing options on ZivaHub 

Using ZivaHub is a great way to (1) privately and securely store and share your research outputs, and (2) openly publish and cite these outputs. Please note the important difference between the two key concepts of sharing and publishing: 

When sharing data, you are providing someone with a private link that is set to expire or be removed again once they have accessed the item you wanted them to have. This is useful for peer review of data, for example. A separate guide for this is accessible here:  

When publishing data, your intention is to put something out into the world indefinitely. It is important to publish responsibly, being aware that not all of your data should be made available to everyone, for a variety of different reasons (e.g. confidential or sensitive information). The FAIR Principles guide researchers to publish data “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”. 

ZivaHub gives you several options to control how and when to make elements of your research openly accessible: Metadata-Only records, or by setting an Embargo. 


The Metadata record links to where content is already stored, no data is uploaded.  

See example: Solubility and chemical interaction of nitrocellulose in plasticisers  

After you have selected ‘create item’, you will be taken to the screen where you fill out all the information about your data. After you have filled in all the mandatory fields, the ‘Metadata record only’ option will become visible for selection.  

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