Making Data a First Class Scientific Output: Data Citation and Publication by NERC’s Environmental Data Centres

  • Sarah Callaghan
  • Steve Donegan
  • Sam Pepler
  • Mark Thorley
  • Nathan Cunningham
  • Peter Kirsch
  • Linda Ault
  • Patrick Bell
  • Rod Bowie
  • Adam Leadbetter
  • Roy Lowry
  • Gwen Moncoiffé
  • Kate Harrison
  • Ben Smith-Haddon
  • Anita Weatherby
  • Dan Wright


The NERC Science Information Strategy Data Citation and Publication project aims to develop and formalise a method for formally citing and publishing the datasets stored in its environmental data centres. It is believed that this will act as an incentive for scientists, who often invest a great deal of effort in creating datasets, to submit their data to a suitable data repository where it can properly be archived and curated. Data citation and publication will also provide a mechanism for data producers to receive credit for their work, thereby encouraging them to share their data more freely.
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