May 26, 2022

New Journal Preprint: “A Model for Data Citation in Astronomical Research Using Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)”

The following article (accepted for publication preprint) was recently shared by the authors on arXiv.


A Model for Data Citation in Astronomical Research Using Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)


Jenny Novacescu
Space Telescope Science Institute

Joshua E.G. Peek
Space Telescope Science Institute

Sarah Weissman
Space Telescope Science Institute

Scott W. Fleming
Space Telescope Science Institute

Karen Levay
Space Telescope Science Institute

Elizabeth Fraser
Space Telescope Science Institute


via arXiv
This article has been accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.


Standardizing and incentivizing the use of digital object identifiers (DOIs) to aggregate and identify both data analyzed and data generated by a research project will advance the field of astronomy to match best practices in other research fields like geosciences and medicine. Increase in the use of DOIs will prepare the discipline for changing expectations among funding agencies and publishers, who increasingly expect accurate and thorough data citation to accompany scientific outputs. The use of DOIs ensures a robust, sustainable, and interoperable approach to data citation in which due credit is given to researchers and institutions who produce and maintain the primary data.

We describe in this work the advantages of DOIs for data citation and best practices for integrating a DOI service in an astronomical archive.

We report on a pilot project carried out in collaboration with AAS Journals. During the course of the 1.5 year pilot, over 75% of submitting authors opted to use the integrated DOI service to clearly identify data analyzed during their research project when prompted at the time of paper submission.

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
13 pages; PDF.

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