Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles

05 Jun 2014
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Message forwarded by George Alter

From: Callaghan, Sarah (STFC,RAL,RALSP)
Sent: 20 May 2014 08:39
Subject: Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles

Dear All,

(Apologies for any cross-posting!)

A “Synthesis Group” of experts and organizations organized in mid-2013 has developed a common set of high-level principles on data citation, which we collectively recognize is a key missing element of the research data infrastructure. As one of the leaders in the global research enterprise, you know that there are many improvements that can and should be made to make communicating research data more efficient and effective so that the work developing and sharing research data is better recognized and rewarded. This is why I am reaching out to you; to gain your support of these agreed-upon principles.

You will find the “Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles” here:, including other background information. As the preamble to those eight short consensus principles states, they are not meant as a blueprint for implementation of data citation policies and practices, but as high-level guidance for your organization and sector to develop and then implement a data citation protocol. These principles integrate the emerging consensus of several different international groups working in the data citation arena. The principles were broadly reviewed and discussed over the past several months. The full record of review comments and other supporting information may also be found at the link above.

If you agree, we strongly encourage you to: (a) add your organization’s name as a signatory as soon as possible to the principles on the endorsement page:, and (b) disseminate them broadly within your circle of contacts, and (c) begin formulating a formal data citation protocol for use within your discipline area on an international basis, if that has not yet been initiated.  A Data Citation Implementation Group has been formed to help with operationalizing the Principles and their activities may be found here:

Of course, we would be pleased to answer any questions you may have once you have examined this document. We hope that your research community will take action in the near term to develop and implement a data citation protocol that is consistent with the “Joint Declaration on Data Citation Principles.”

Best wishes,


Dr Sarah Callaghan MInstP CPhys FRMetS
British Atmospheric Data Centre
STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire
OX11 0QX, United Kingdom