Research Data Guide

Managing research data

Why to cite RD?

Research data should be cited for the same reasons as citing  to journal articles and other types of publications require citations. Purpose of citing data is to acknowledge the original producer of the data and to help other researchers find the datasets otherwise

  • enable reuse and verification of data
  • allow the impact of data to be tracked.

More information:

How to cite datasets and link to publications (DCC). recommendations

Examples of citing RD

Finnish Social Science Data Archive: A lot of examples about citing research data (explanations in Finnish)

List of  examples:

  • Paterson, Lindsay; O'Hanlon, Fiona. (2013). Public Attitudes to Gaelic in Scotland. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive.
  • Lass, Roger; Laing, Margaret; Alcorn, Rhona; Williamson, Ian K. (2013). Corpus of Narrative Etymologies. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.
  • Smith, D.J. (April 2004). Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime: Waves One to Four, 1997-2001 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. SN: 4800.
  • European Nucleotide Archive, accession number EF158117.1

(Source: Research Data Management Training Mantra

Recommended format for data citation

Recommended format for data citation is:  Creator (PublicationYear): Title. Publisher. Identifier.
It may also be desirable to include information about two optional properties, version and  resource type (as appropriate). If so, the recommended form is: Creator (PublicationYear): Title. Version. Publisher.  Resource Type. Identifier.

For citation purposes, DataCite recommends that DOI names are displayed as linkable, permanent URLs. For example:

Read more about citing research data

Data citation principles. Data Citation Synthesis Group: Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles. Martone M. (ed.) San Diego CA: FORCE11; 2014

Dynamic data & dynamic citation. Data citation of evolving data. Rauber,A; Asmi, A; van Uytvanck,D; Pröll, S. (2015)  Recommendations of the Working Group on Data Citation (WGDC). RDA, 2015.

Task Group on Data Citation Standards and PractOut of Cite, Out of Mind: The Current Sices, C.-I. (2013). Out of Cite, Out of Mind: The Current State of Practice, Policy, and Technology for the Citation of Data. Data Science Journal, 12, CIDCR1–CIDCR7. DOI:

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