Data policy

Copernicus Publications recommends depositing data that correspond to journal articles in reliable data repositories, assigning digital object identifiers, and properly citing data sets as individual contributions. Please find your appropriate data repository in the registry for research data repositories or in Databib.

As our best practice, we follow the Amsterdam Manifesto on Data Citation Principles initiated by FORCE11.

Amsterdam Manifesto on Data Citation Principles

  • Preface: We wish to promote best practices in data citation to facilitate access to data sets and to enable attribution and reward for those who publish data. Through formal data citation, the contributions to science by those that share their data will be recognized and potentially rewarded. To that end, we propose that:
  • Data should be considered citable products of research.
  • Such data should be held in persistent public repositories.
  • If a publication is based on data not included with the article, those data should be cited in the publication.
  • A data citation in a publication should resemble a bibliographic citation and be located in the publication’s reference list.
  • Such a data citation should include a unique persistent identifier (a DataCite DOI recommended, or other persistent identifiers already in use within the community).
  • The identifier should resolve to a page that either provides direct access to the data or information concerning its accessibility. Ideally, that landing page should be machine-actionable to promote interoperability of the data.
  • If the data are available in different versions, the identifier should provide a method to access the previous or related versions.
  • Data citation should facilitate attribution of credit to all contributors.