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From our experience at AGU and with our authors, we would highly encourage you to share the bibliographic data you collected. It certainly is a valuable contribution to research. Interestingly, what you are describing could be interpreted as a set of citations that you put into your references. That indeed would create links between your new theoretical publication and the referenced papers. However, your research likely includes more information about the nature of these references that you could put into a dataset for others to explore.
My recommendation would be to do both.
1. Place relevant paper citations in the references section in order to create those links and give credit to prior work.
2. Preserve the dataset (i.e., the metadata for the papers) in a repository, identify it in the availability statement, and cite it ALSO in the references as a valuable collection for others to use.
I hope that helps.
Shelley Stall
From: on behalf of Laura Rocha via Engaging Researchers with Data IG
Reply-To: “***@***.***
Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 10:07 AM
To: Engaging Researchers with Data IG
Subject: [researcher-engagement-ig] Question – Research data
Dear all,
I am a PhD candidate in Information Science at Federal Fluminense University in Brazil and I have a question about research data that perhaps you can help me with.
There are certain kinds of research where you do not collect empirical data, but only deal with bibliographic data. For instance, in pure theoretical research.
In that case, it makes sense to me that the core bibliographic data used should be described under certain criteria, with selected metadata, in order, for instance, to be reused by other researchers dealing with similar subjects. So, the question is: can I consider these data (the bibliographic ones, described with metadata – and including the metadata) research data?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Best regards,

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