Discovery, Citation, and Impact of Your Research Data

Once your data is published or shared, and access and ownership issues considered, the data becomes discoverable and can be reused.

Repositories and portals enable data discovery by publishing data descriptions (‘metadata’) about the data they hold. Most repositories provide access to the data itself, but not always.

Research Data Australia is an example of a service that provides descriptions of, and links to, data from many research fields so that data can be discovered and reused.

Citing Published Data

Data citation enables attribution for your data and the data of other researchers. Data citation practices continue to evolve and vary across disciplines and publishers.

The Digital Curation Centre offers a guide to citing data in common styles (e.g. APA, Chicago etc.) and data citation formats suggested by repositories:

How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications

Further advice:

Metrics About and Impact of Your Research Data

Metrics and measuring impact is covered on our web page Why and How Should You Measure Your Publication Impact?

Further advice:

Publish and Share Your Research Data Tool Kit

Researcher Development

Contact Us

Contact a Subject Librarian
Your first point of contact in the library for RDM guidance, training opportunities and practical support. Subject librarians also provide personal research help by email, phone, or appointment.

Research Development Team
Data management (funder retention requirements) advice for current and future research projects.

Information Technology Services (ITS)
Data-related services and advice on storage, backup, security, data quality, and metadata identification. Limited software for home installation.


These guidelines are informed by information provided under open licenses by other organisations including:

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