Data requires citations for the same reasons journal articles and other types of publications require citations: to acknowledge the original author/producer and to help other researchers find the resource.
A dataset citation includes all of the same components as any other citation:
- year of publication
- publisher (for data, this is often the archive where it is housed),
- edition or version
- access information (a URL, DOI or other persistent identifier)
JMIR journals used to prefer to cite data via WebCite (See What is WebCite?), because this also creates an archive of the dataset; however, since December 2018 this is no longer mandatory due to WebCite phasing out its service to the community.
We are now recommending to use DataCite instead.
- DataCite https://www.datacite.org/