Discuss Data standardizes the citation of Data Collections to make it easier for researchers to Publish their data and get credit for their work. When a Data Collection is uploaded on Discuss Data, the citation is generated and presented automatically from the Metadata provided by the Data Depositor. For data citation Discuss Data uses the format outlined in the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles, a synthesis of all previously existing principles and initiatives on data citation. A detailed presentation of these principles can be found in Fenner et al. (2019)*

The citation standard defined here offers proper recognition to Authors as well as permanent identification through the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) standard in place of URLs, which can change frequently.

Citation of the Data Collection would look like this:


This citation has six components, of which five are human-readable: the author(s), year, title, data repository (or distributor), and version number. One component is machine-readable (DOI = Digital Object Identifier).

The citation will be presented in at least two common citation styles as text and in machine-readable formats for Citavi, Zotero, and Bibtex and as HTML meta tags.

* Martin Fenner, Merce Crosas, Jeffrey S. Grethe, David Kennedy, Henning Hermjakob, Phillippe Rocca-Serra, Robin Berjon, Sebastian Karcher, Maryann Martone and Tim Clark (2019): A Data Citation Roadmap for Scholarly Data Repositories, Scientific Data 6:28, DOI: