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Recommended practices for citation of data published through the GBIF network


This guide provides recommendations on how to cite biodiversity data published through the GBIF network.


Chavan, V.


GBIF Secretariat, Friday, May 11, 2012


The GBIF Data Publishing Framework Task Group established in 2009, recommended that GBIF institutionalize a ‘data citation mechanism’ and establish a ‘data citation service’ facilitating deep data citation, and registration and resolving of citations (Moritz, 2011).
As an early uptake of this recommendation, GBIF in consultation with a group of experts has come up with recommended practices for citing biodiversity data. This document recommends a set of styles for (a) Publisher-based citations, and (b) Query-based citations. The recommended sets of styles for publisher-based citations are for immediate uptake by data publishers, data owners, data custodians, and data aggregators.

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GBIF (2012). Recommended practices for citation of the data published through the GBIF Network. Version 1.0 (Authored by Vishwas Chavan), Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Pp.12, ISBN: 87-92020-36-4. Accessible at


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