DataCite Initiative

Dataset Identifier and Citation ServicesDataCite logo

The University of Michigan library now offers data citation services for U-M researchers. These services include DataCite digital object identifier (DOI) assignment and registration in the open DataCite metadata repository. The persistence of DataCite DOIs makes them ideal for use in citations. Registered datasets can also be discovered by fellow researchers across the world through searching in the DataCite metadata repository. 

Have additional questions about data citations? Please contact the DataCite Task Force.

Submit a Dataset

Have a published dataset you would like registered and made citable? Simply complete our submission form (U-M login required) and the library will generate your DOI

Why is it important to cite data?

There is a growing need (in some cases, a mandate) to publish data associated with research. Citing data makes it possible for data producers to be properly credited for the contributions to research. Data citations also make it easier to discover, verify, and reuse data. These citations can then be used to assess the impact of published data in the same way journal article and books are analyzed. 

What is DataCite?

DataCite is a non-profit, international consortium founded by the British Library, the Technical Information Center of Denmark, Delft University of Technology Library, the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), California Digital Library, Purdue University, and the German National Library of Science and Technology. Several more institutions around the world have joined DataCite since its founding. The consortium’s aims are to:

  • Establish easier access to research data on the Internet
  • Increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record
  • Support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study

What kinds of data can I register?

Data of all types can be submitted. Numerical, textual, audio, video, images, etc. files can be registered. It is required that the data file have a web address and a landing page that provides information about the dataset and a direct link to the file(s).

How does the DataCite DOI work?

A DataCite DOI becomes a web link when it is combined with the URL for the DOI link resolver. The link resolver redirects a browser to the actual web address for the landing page associated with the registered dataset. Should the web address of the landing page change, it only needs to be updated in the DataCite registry. Citations and other links that contain the DOI will continue to work.

What will the library do?

The library will register your dataset and landing page by submitting the information you provided. The library will also update the registry should the dataset be moved to a different web address. Both of these actions may require follow-up contact by someone from the library.

What do I need to do?

All you need to do is complete this form.


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Last modified: 02/21/2017