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Data Citation Resources

This list of resources on data citation includes meetings, articles, current practices and research, and other developments of interest.  It was assembled by the IASSIST Special Interest Group on Data Citation (SIGDC) in the spring of 2012. Be sure to look for the SIGDC's session, Data Citations: Linking Literature to Data and Measuring Impact, at IASSIST 2013 in Cologne.

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Workshops, Symposia, Meetings

Principles of Data Citation, sponsored by Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards: An International Symposium and Workshop, sponsored by US CODATA and the Board on Research Data and Information in collaboration with CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices Agenda: Report: 

Metadata and Persistent Identifiers for Social and Economic Data. Berlin, Germany, May 7-8, 2012.

Workshop on Persistent Identifiers for the Social Sciences, sponsored by the IDSC of IZA/Gesis/RatSWD

Kelly, M. C., & National Information Standards Institute. (2008). NISO Research Data Thought Leader Meeting. Baltimore, MD: National Information Standards Institute. Retrieved from

Best Practices

Best Practice Recommendations of da|ra -- Registration Agency for Social and Economic Data, GESIS

DataCite Metadata Working Group. (2011, July). DataCite Metadata Schema for the Publication and Citation of Research Data. Version 2.2. doi:10.5438/0005

Ball, A. & Duke, M. (2012). ‘How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications’. DCC How-to Guides. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online:


Blogs and Wikis


Research Remix blog posting - Resources on Data Citation Principles

DataCite Blog - Tracking Data Citation entry

Dryad Data Citation Guidelines wiki

Earth Science Information Partner Federation Data Stewardship/Citations wiki.


Accomazzi, A. (2011). Linking Literature and Data: Satus Report and Future Efforts. Future Professional Communication in Astronomy II (FPCA-II). arXiv:1103.4295 [astro-ph.IM]

Altman, M. and King, G. (2007). A proposed standard for the scholarly citation of quantitative data. D-Lib Magazine 13(3/4).

Ball, A., Duke, M. (2011). ‘Data Citation and Linking’. DCC Briefing Papers. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre.
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Chavan, Viswas. (2012). Recommended practices for citation of data published through the GBIF network (p.12). Copenhagen. Retrieved from

CODATA Data Citation Standards and Practices Task Group. (2012, June 17). CODATA Task Group Data Citation and Attribution Bibliography. Retrieved from

DataCite Metadata Working Group. (2011). DataCite Metadata Schema for the Publication and Citation of Research Data. Version 2.1. doi:10.5438/0003

Dodd, S. A. (1979). Bibliographic references for numeric social science data files: Suggested guidelines. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 30(2), 77-82. doi:10.1002/asi.4630300203

Duerr, R.E., Downs, R. R., Tilmes, C., Barkstrom, B., Lenhardt, W.C., Glassy, J., Bermudez, L. E., Slaughter, P. (2011) On the Utility of Identification Schemes for Digital Earth Science Data: An Assessment and Recommendations. Earth Science Informatics, 4(3), 139-160.

Green, Toby. (2009). We need publishing standards for datasets and data tables. OECD WHITE PAPER.

 Kotarski, R., Reilly, S., Schrimpf, S., Smit, E., Walshe, K. (2012). Report on Best Practices for Citability of Data and on Evolving Roles in Scholarly Communication.

Lane, M.A. (2008). Data Citation in the Electronic Environment. Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

Macrina, F.L. (2011). Teaching authorship and publication practices in teh biomedical and life sciences. Science and Engineering Ethics, 17(2), 341-354. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9275-1

Mooney, H. (2011). Citing data sources in the social sciences: do authors do it? Learned Publishing, 24(2), 99-108. doi:10.1087/20110204

Mooney, H. & Newton, M.P. (2012). The anatomy of a data citation: Discovery, reuse, and access. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 1(1). doi:10.7710/2162-3309.1035

National Research Council (2012). For Attribution -- Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards: Summary of an International Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Nature Biotechnology Editorial. (2009). Credit where credit is overdue. Nature Biotechnology, 27(7), 579doi:10.1038/nbt0709-579       

Newton, M.P., Mooney, H., & Witt, M. (2010). A Description of Data Citation Instruction in Style Guides. Libraries Research Publications, Paper 121. Retreived from

Piwowar, H., Day, Roger S., & Fridsma, Douglas B. Sharing detailed research data is associated with increased citation rate. PloS ONE, 2(3), e308. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000308

Reilly, S., Schallier, W.; Schrimpf, S.; Smit, E., & Wilkinson, M. (2011). Report on Integrations of Data and Publications (p. 87) Retrieved from

Sieber, J. E., & Trumbo, B. E. (1995). (Not) giving credit where credit is due: Citation of data sets. Science and Engineering Ethics, 1(1), 11-20. doi:10.1007/BF02628694

Starr, J., & Gastl, A. (2011). isCitedBy: A Metadata Scheme for DataCite. D-Lib Magazine, 17(1/2). doi:10.1045/january2011-starr

Tenopir, C., Allard, S., Douglass, K., Aydinoglu, A. U., Wu, L., Read, E., … Frame, M. (2011). Data Sharing by Scientists: Practices and Perceptions. PLoS ONE, 6(6), e21101. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021101

Weber, N.M., Street, E.D., Piwowar, H.A., Street, W.M., & Suite, A. (2011) Evaluating Data Citation and Sharing Policies in the Enviornmental Sciences. ASIS&T '10 Proceedings of the 73rd ASIS&T Annual Meeting on Navigating Streams in an .Information  Ecosystem 47(176), 1-2.

 West, A. (2009). Citations and Data. DttP A Quarterly Journal of Government Information Practice Perspective, 37(4), 12-14. \

Presentations and Videos

Corti, L., & Bolton, S. (2012). Webinar: Data Identifiers--How to Ensure Your Data is Properly Cited.

Piwowar, H. & Australian National Data Service (Producer). (2012). Data Citation Counts!  [YouTube video]. Retrieved from

Piwowar, Heather. (2011). 7 data citations challenges illustrated with examples (includes elephants). JISC Managing Research data.

Citing Data from ESDS International. YouTube video.

Session B2: The IASSIST SIGDC Presents: Perspectives on Data Citation (Wed, 2011-06-01)
Session C2: DataCite - Making Data Citable (Wed, 2011-06-01)


Data Citation Awareness - ANDS (Australian National Data service)

Dataverse Network Citation Standard

ICPSR - Data Citations

Organizations, Committees

BRDI_DataCitations (Zotero Group)


CODATA, Task Force on Data Citation

Citation software










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