Research repositories are online platforms that store, manage, and make accessible research data, outputs, and materials. The types of research repositories can range from institutional repositories, subject-specific repositories, data repositories, and others. They can vary in terms of their focus, features, policies, and services offered. Using a research repository ensures that research outputs are easily discoverable and accessible, and helps to increase the impact and visibility of research.

Types of repositories

  • Institutional repositories: repositories managed by universities, research institutions, or other organisations, that store and provide access to research output produced by their members.

  • Disciplinary repositories: repositories focused on a specific research discipline or area of study, often maintained by a professional society or association.

  • Multi-disciplinary repositories: repositories that store and provide access to research output from a broad range of disciplines and areas of study.

  • Pre-print repositories: repositories that provide access to pre-prints or pre-publication versions of research papers, allowing authors to share their work with peers before it is formally published.

  • Data repositories: repositories that store and provide access to research data and other forms of research output, including software, models, and other research-related materials.


    If your publication workflows require the use of specific data repositories, then those should always be used. If a specific repository is not provided, researchers can use re3data to search for discipline-specific repositories. If no suitable repository is found, the opendata@uni-kiel repository can be used. Keep in mind, that it is only for open access publications.

Kiel University repositories





Open Access Repository of Kiel University

Publication repository


Open Research Data Repository of Kiel University

Data repository Institutional repository


re3data is a global registry of research data repositories that helps researchers find the right repository to store and share their research data. In a CRC, using re3data can be very helpful in ensuring that the research data is stored in a suitable repository that meets the necessary standards and requirements for preservation, accessibility, and reuse. Researchers can search the re3data database for repositories that specialise in their field of research and compare features and services to determine the best fit. This can also help in making sure that the research data is deposited in a repository with a long-term commitment to data preservation and access.

By using re3data and the right repositories, researchers at a CRC can ensure that their publications are properly stored, preserved, and accessible to the wider academic community.