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Sci Data. 2018 Nov 20;5:180259. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.259.

A data citation roadmap for scientific publishers.

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Elsevier, Amsterdam 1043 NX, Netherlands.
Springer Nature, London N1 9XW, UK.
Public Library of Science, San Francisco CA 94111, USA.
eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd, Cambridge CB4 1YG, UK.
JISC, Bristol BS2 0JA, UK.
EMBO Press, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany.
University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AH, UK.
Crossref, Lynnfield, MA 01940, USA.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken NJ 07030, USA.
University of California San Diego, La Jolla CA 92093, USA.
University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville VA 22908, USA.
University of Virginia, Data Science Institute, Charlottesville VA 22904, USA.


This article presents a practical roadmap for scholarly publishers to implement data citation in accordance with the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (JDDCP), a synopsis and harmonization of the recommendations of major science policy bodies. It was developed by the Publishers Early Adopters Expert Group as part of the Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) project, an initiative of and the NIH BioCADDIE program. The structure of the roadmap presented here follows the "life of a paper" workflow and includes the categories Pre-submission, Submission, Production, and Publication. The roadmap is intended to be publisher-agnostic so that all publishers can use this as a starting point when implementing JDDCP-compliant data citation. Authors reading this roadmap will also better know what to expect from publishers and how to enable their own data citations to gain maximum impact, as well as complying with what will become increasingly common funder mandates on data transparency.

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