Data submission and usage

  • The QsarDB repository accepts the contribution of (Q)SAR/QSPR data (i.e. models and datasets) that are related with a scientific paper that is either published or accepted for the publication, or have other means providing scientifically sound and citable description how they have been developed.
  • The submitted data must be represented in the QsarDB archive format or QMRF format, which may be accompanied by optional supplementary information.
  • After the submission, the authors will retain all rights for the submitted data. The host of QsarDB repository has permission to make the submitted data publicly available and to take necessary steps for preserving it.
  • Use and re-use of data is subject to the license under which the data objects were deposited. The QsarDB repository accepts submissions that are licensed under Creative Commons (preferably CC-BY or CC-SA) or public domain (CC0) licenses.
  • The QsarDB repository ensures that all deposited data has metadata describing its content. QsarDB will monitor the quality of metadata and will take all necessary steps to ensure it is correct and stays relevant. Metadata is freely available under a public domain (CC0) license.

Preservation policy

  • QsarDB is fully committed to preserving its data and associated metadata. The QsarDB repository operates and stores its data in Estonia at the infrastructure of the Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu.
  • The QsarDB repository supports all data formats listed under the "Data submission and usage" policy for long term-preservation. However, this list is not final and support for additional formats may be added in future.
  • If any supported formats become obsolete, QsarDB will make best efforts to transform data from this format into a modern replacement. After such a transformation, the original copy will remain available.
  • The QsarDB repository runs automated procedures to ensure the integrity of the submitted data by monitoring reference checksums generated during the submission process.
  • The QsarDB repository relies on RAID storage to increase data redundancy and availability. In addition, we employ on-site and off-site backup strategies for disaster recovery in the case of a catastrophic failure.
  • The QsarDB repository has a contingency plan if funding constraints make operating impossible. In that case, QsarDB will transfer the data collection to a different organization that can continue the long-term preservation of this data.


  • The QsarDB repository makes no warranties regarding the correctness of the data and repository software and shall not be liable for any damage that may result from errors or omissions in the repository.