Helpful tools


Stanford University Libraries provides access to the online Data Management Planning (DMP) Tool. The DMPTool includes data management plan templates, along with a wealth of information and assistance to guide you through the process of creating a ready-to-use DMP for your specific research project and funding agency. This tool includes text regarding the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) that you can cut and paste into your DMP. 

  • Platforms: all (web-based)
  • Cost: free

Open Science Framework (OSF)

The Open Science Framework is a free, cloud-based management tool for your research projects. Despite the name, it can easily be used for any type of research project in any field. The OSF allows you to keep all the information about your project -- files, data, and protocols -- in one central location. Third-party integrations allow you to connect up content you and others have in Stanford Box, GitHub, Google Drive, AWS, Dropbox, Mendeley, and other locations without having to actually move any of that content. You have the option to keep a project private or make the project (or certain parts of the project) public. Granular access controls allow you to decide who can see and interact with which parts of a project, making it great for collaborations.

  • Platforms: all (web-based)
  • Cost: free is a web platform for data management and protocol sharing. It allows you to store, organize, modify and publish your methods and protocols all in one place. The Premium version of this platform is provided by the Dean of Research's Office for all Stanford users for free. The Premium version allows for unlimited storage and unlimited private protocols, as well as team administration.

  • Platforms: all (web-based)
  • Cost: free to Stanford users (premium version provided by Dean of Research)


The Stanford University Libraries are providing Overleaf Professional features for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf Professional features include real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services to best fit into your workflow.

Sign up on the Stanford home page for Overleaf. This site includes templates used at Stanford as well as templates from ACM, IEEE, NSF and SPIE.

  • Platforms: all (web-based)
  • Cost: free to Stanford users (Professional version provided by Stanford Libraries)