Citing Data

Citing Data
Definition: 

The activity of citing data involves providing appropriate attribution to the creators or providers of data in a published paper. For example if a researcher completes a study and uses data from another study to inform their own, they should cite that dataset appropriately just as they would an article. This practice is relatively new, but the ethos of this practice is that researchers should integrate citing data into common practice – just as they would when using an idea from the published literature. DataCite is one example of an initiative that has taken the issue of citing data head on by allowing researchers to register their data to receive a DOI and to provide data citation guidelines.