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Data Citation Policies of Data Providers Within the Scope of Longitudinal Studies in Life Course Research

Study on data citation policies for research data

In this article, a small-scale case study analysing the nature of data citation policies within the scope of longitudinal studies in life course research is presented. The sample consists of eight data providers from Europe, North-America and Australia and was evaluated with regard to eight criteria which potentially affect data citation behavior of researchers in the field, for example the wording of data citation obligations or sanctions for not citing research data in accordance to given requirements. The study demonstrates that research data providers follow a wide range of approaches to data citation, especially in terms of data citation location within a publication as well as disposal obligations for data-related publications. However, this diversity might lead to inconsistency in data citation behaviour and also to a general lack of comparability of data citation quantity and quality as relevant factors in research evaluation.

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Reinhold, A., Rittberger, M. & Mahrholz, N. (2016). In I. Ràfols, J. Molas-Gallart, E. Castro-Martínez & R. Woolley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, València, September 14–16, 2016 (pp. 115–121). Valencia: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València.

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