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DOIs and citing data

Data are a vital part of the scientific research process and proper citation of data should be a significant feature of research publications. Any publication or service (printed, electronic or broadcast) that is based wholly or in part on data provided by EIDC must be accompanied by the correct citation and acknowledgement information.

Data citation is "the practice of providing a reference to data in the same way as researchers routinely provide a bibliographic reference to printed resources. [It] underpins the recognition of data as a primary research output rather than as a by-product of research."[1]


Benefits of data citation

By citing data, you give the data creators the acknowledgement they deserve and you help other researchers to more easily identify and locate the data.

Data citation:

  • Facilitates discovery of links between data and publications, making it easier to build upon previous work
  • Ensures proper credit is given for use of the data
  • Makes it possible to estimate dataset impact based on the number of citations
  • Helps to links datasets to related journal articles

Evidence[2] suggests that including citable data in related publications increases the citation rate of those publications.

More information on data citation principles »


What is a DOI?

Many of our datasets are assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), this a form of persistent identification which permanently and unambiguously identifies the data resource and so assists with citation.

A DOI consists of a string of characters divided into two parts, a prefix and a suffix, separated by a slash.

The prefix identifies the registrant (10.5285 is the prefix for NERC) and the suffix is a unique string identifying a specific dataset.

You can use "resolve" a DOI by appending it to http://doi.org/. For example, to resolve 10.5285/a6e37e39-9e10-4647-a110-12d902403095, use http://doi.org/10.5285/a6e37e39-9e10-4647-a110-12d902403095


How to cite data

Details of the citation and acknowledgement that should be used for our data are set out in the "Get the data" section on the metadata page for each dataset.

We recommend you use the following format for your citations:

Creator (PublicationYear): Title. Publisher. Identifier

For example

Kral, F.; Fry, M.; Dixon, H. (2015). Integrated Hydrological Units of the United Kingdom: Sections. NERC-Environmental Information Data Centre. http://doi.org/10.5285/a6e37e39-9e10-4647-a110-12d902403095

Different journals and publications may require different citation styles. If you need the citation in a specific style, the CrossRef DOI Citation Formatter service will help.


Reference management software

You can import EIDC citations into most popular reference management software (for example EndNote or Zotero). Simply click on the 'RIS' or 'BibTeX' icons to download the citation in that format and import the file into the management software.



[1] Australian National Data Service

[2] Piwowar HA, Day RS, Fridsma DB (2007) Sharing Detailed Research Data Is Associated with Increased Citation Rate. PLoS ONE 2(3): e308. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000308