PLOS is committed to ensuring the availability of data and materials that underpin any articles published in PLOS journals. PLOS's ideal is to make all data relevant to a given article and all readily replaceable materials immediately available without restrictions (while not compromising confidentiality in the context of human-subject research). We appreciate, however, that this ideal is not yet the norm in all fields. We are therefore collaborating with a number of subject-specific initiatives in order to develop relevant policies. In the meantime, authors must comply with current best practice in their discipline for the sharing of data through databases: for example, deposition of microarray data in ArrayExpress or GEO; deposition of gene sequences in GenBank, EMBL or DDBJ; and deposition of ecological data in Dryad. We encourage all authors to comply with available field-specific standards for the preparation and recording of data; for more information, see PLOS Editorial and Publishing Policies (section 8, Reporting Guidelines for Specific Study Designs). Where no field-specific database exists, authors can deposit data in Dryad. Please note that Dryad will be introducing a data publishing charge from 1st September 2013. This charge will be levied if/when the related manuscript is accepted for publication, so there is no charge while manuscripts are under review.
Once you deposit your data package, it receives a unique and stable DOI identifier, which is immediately sent back to you and to the journal for inclusion in the article. We request that you put the citation in the reference section of the article (not just inline in the text, although you may do so in addition).
For detailed information explaining manuscript status descriptions and outlining the editorial process in more general terms, please see our website: Overview of PLOS Genetics Editorial Process. When preparing an accepted manuscript for publication, please construct the reference to your data package as indicated by Dryad here.