Researchers should cite data when communicating their scholarly or scientific findings in the same way that they cite articles, books, and other sources. Data citation gives credit and attribution to the creator, encourages sharing, collaboration, and re-use, enables verification of research results, and allows for tracking usage and impact. Data takes many forms across academic disciplines. Some of these include:
Although uniform citation formats have been slow to develop, there are the commonly accepted elements of data citation:
When citing data for publication, there are a number of places for researchers to look for guidance:
From the American Economic Review guidelines (https://www-aeaweb-org.libproxy.temple.edu/journals/policies/sample-references)
Leiss, Amelia. 1999. “Arms Transfers to Developing Countries, 1945–1968.” Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor, MI. ICPSR05404-v1. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05404.
From the American Sociological Review guidelines (https://journals-sagepub-com.libproxy.temple.edu/author-instructions/ASR)
Deschenes, Elizabeth Piper, Susan Turner, and Joan Petersilia. Intensive Community Supervision in Minnesota, 1990–1992: A Dual Experiment in Prison Diversion and Enhanced Supervised Release [Computer file]. ICPSR06849-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06849.
From PLOS guidelines (https://journals.plos.org/plosone/s/data-availability#loc-recommended-repositories)
Andrikou C, Thiel D, Ruiz-Santiesteban JA, Hejnol A. Active mode of excretion across digestive tissues predates the origin of excretory organs. 2019. Dryad Digital Repository. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.bq068jr
From the APA Style Blog (https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples/data-set-references)
O’Donohue, W. (2017). Content analysis of undergraduate psychology textbooks (ICPSR 21600; Version V1) [Data set]. ICPSR. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36966.v1
From the Chicago Manual of Style Online (14.257: Citing data from a scientific database)
2. GenBank (for RP11-322N14 BAC [accession number AC087526.3]; accessed April 6, 2016), http://www-ncbi-nlm nihgov.libproxy.temple.edu/nuccore/19683167.
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Lee, John D.; Alsaid, Areen, 2020, "A Machine Vision Approach for Estimating Motion Discomfort in Simulators and in Self-Driving", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/ZHGT7U, Harvard Dataverse, V1
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Thanasis Vergoulis, Ilias Kanellos, Serafeim Chatzopoulos, Danae Pla Karidi, & Theodore Dalamagas. (2020). BIP4COVID19: Impact metrics and indicators for coronavirus related publications (Version 1.1) [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3747600