Thomson Reuters has launched its Data Citation Index, a resource within its Web Of Knowledge service to facilitate the discovery, use, and attribution of scientific research data.
ICPSR and other data archives are partners in the project, which provides links between peer-reviewed publications and the datasets they use. The goals include making data more discoverable and giving proper credit to data producers.
As part of the launch, Thomson Reuters has released a video and Web page outlining the service.
ICPSR Assistant Director Mary Vardigan is quoted in the company press release: "By enhancing the discoverability of data through the Data Citation Index, Thomson Reuters is highlighting the importance of research data in the scientific process."
ICPSR is working in other ways to help create standards for data citation. For example, the consortium was recently awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that will promote the standardization of data citation by working with editors of peer-reviewed social science publications, research funding agencies, and professional associations.