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Citing repository content

Data should be considered legitimate, citeable products of research, just as other research outputs, so you must cite data.

If your department, discipline or publisher recommends a specific reference style, follow the appropriate form for citing data.

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) should be included in data citations where available. This ensures that even if the location of the data changes, the DOI will always link to the data that were used.

Each dataset used must also have a separate citation. You should always include the following components:

  • author,
  • title,
  • year of publication,
  • publisher (usually the repository, unless otherwise stated),
  • edition or version, and
  • access information (a URL or other persistent identifier).

For more information, please see the guide to re-using data.