Be on the lookout for citings of LTER data!

Earlier this year the LNO established an agreement with the Data Citation Index (DCI), part of the Web of Knowledge by Thomson-Reuters, to index and track the use of LTER data sets in publications. DCI began indexing LTER data sets in June 2013. Indexing is enabled by the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOI). When a data set is published through the LTER Network Information System PASTA repository, a DOI is registered with EZID (a DOI subscription service offered to qualifying academic efforts by the California Digital Library) and assigned to the data set. The DOI is used by DCI to track acknowledgement and citation of the data set in subsequent publications.

Data citation represents a real opportunity for graduate students to create another scientifically viable product and increase the visibility and impact of their research. Graduate student data are often never published because other more pressing opportunities come along by the time thesis research papers are submitted to journals. Now with data citation indexing, there is strong motivation to publish data and cite the data set DOI.

In addition, we are pleased to announce the first ever publication with a PASTA data package DOI (doi:10.6073/pasta/a7447f66c3570c879b88bf25c605a2c9) in the literature, from the Moorea Coral Reef LTER site:

Andrew R. Thompson, Thomas C. Adam, Kristin M. Hultgren, and Christine E. Thacker. Ecology and evolution affect network structure in an intimate marine mutualism. The American Naturalist, Vol. 182, No. 2 (August 2013), pp. E58-E72