May 14, 2007
Professional Reading: A Proposed Standard for the Scholarly Citation of Quantitative Data
A Proposed Standard for the Scholarly Citation of Quantitative Data
Micah Altman and Gary King
D-Lib, March/April 2007
From the abstract: An essential aspect of science is a community of scholars cooperating and competing in the pursuit of common goals. A critical component of this community is the common language of and the universal standards for scholarly citation, credit attribution, and the location and retrieval of articles and books. We propose a similar universal standard for citing quantitative data that retains the advantages of print citations, adds other components made possible by, and needed due to, the digital form and systematic nature of quantitative data sets, and is consistent with most existing subfield-specific approaches. Although the digital library field includes numerous creative ideas, we limit ourselves to only those elements that appear ready for easy practical use by scientists, journal editors, publishers, librarians, and archivists.
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