May 17, 2022

Journal Article: “A Data Citation Roadmap for Scientific Publishers”

The following full text article was published today by Scientific Data.


A Data Citation Roadmap for Scientific Publishers


Helena Cousijn

Amye Kenall
Springer Nature

Emma Ganley
Public Library of Science

Melissa Harrison
eLife Sciences

David Kernohan

Thomas Lemberger
EMBO Press

Fiona Murphy
University of Reading

Patrick Polischuk

Simone Taylor
John Wiley & Sons

Maryann Martone
University of California San Diego

Tim Clark
University of Virginia


Scientific Data. 5: 180259
DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.259


This article presents a practical roadmap for scholarly publishers to implement data citation in accordance with the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (JDDCP), a synopsis and harmonization of the recommendations of major science policy bodies. It was developed by the Publishers Early Adopters Expert Group as part of the Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) project, an initiative of and the NIH BioCADDIE program. The structure of the roadmap presented here follows the “life of a paper” workflow and includes the categories Pre-submission, Submission, Production, and Publication. The roadmap is intended to be publisher-agnostic so that all publishers can use this as a starting point when implementing JDDCP-compliant data citation. Authors reading this roadmap will also better know what to expect from publishers and how to enable their own data citations to gain maximum impact, as well as complying with what will become increasingly common funder mandates on data transparency.

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