Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles

A new declaration has been issued to guide the citation of data, in the same way other research outputs are cited in the practice of scholarship. The declaration was crafted by a group of more than 40 individuals representing 25 organisations.

The objective of the Declaration

The preamble of the declaration states,

"Sound, reproducible scholarship rests upon a foundation of robust, accessible data.  For this to be so in practice as well as theory, data must be accorded due importance in the practice of scholarship and in the enduring scholarly record.  In other words, data should be considered legitimate, citable products of research.  Data citation, like the citation of other evidence and sources, is good research practice and is part of the scholarly ecosystem supporting data reuse. In support of this assertion, and to encourage good practice, we offer a set of guiding principles for data within scholarly literature, another dataset, or any other research object"


The declaration can be endorsed by both individuals and organisations. To date 70 individuals and 16 Organisations have endorsed the Declaration.

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