How to cite LAGOS-NE
When using LAGOS-NE data, you should almost always have at least 4 items in your reference section: (1) The data paper itself; (2) the R package if you used it to access the data; (3) The database-methods paper; (4) The specific data packages that you used.
Note that it is not recommended that you cite the data by including a URL in your text, most journals are steering away from that and it is not good practice. The emerging standard is to cite data in the reference sections of your articles. Also, please be sure to always use version numbers in the methods sections (see below) and refer to LAGOS as LAGOS-NE. Data citation is something that is still evolving. However, given the complexity in what makes up the LAGOS-NE database, we want to ensure that the appropriate parts of cited for future users to find key information and data.
Citing the data paper
- It is important to cite the data paper because the co-authors on this article are the people who kindly contributed data, thus citing this paper gives credit to the data providers. This is the way that data contributors can get recognized. Please do not simply cite the data packages since the data providers are not listed on the data package, but they are listed on this data paper. The data packages are provided in this data paper too. In fact, we recommend that you cite this paper as well as the specific data packages because future users likely will not use all 4 data products, so you should include only the data packages that you used in addition to this paper.
DATA PAPER: Soranno, P.A., L.C. Bacon, M. Beauchene, K.E. Bednar, E.G. Bissell, C.K. Boudreau, M.G. Boyer, M.T. Bremigan, S.R. Carpenter, J.W. Carr, K.S. Cheruvelil, S.T. Christel, M. Claucherty, S.M. Collins, J.D. Conroy, J.A. Downing, J. Dukett, C.E. Fergus, C.T. Filstrup, C. Funk, M.J. Gonzalez, L.T. Green, C. Gries, J.D. Halfman, S.K. Hamilton, P.C. Hanson, E.N. Henry, E.M. Herron, C. Hockings, J.R. Jackson, K. Jacobson-Hedin, L.L. Janus, W.W. Jones, J.R. Jones, C.M. Keson, K.B.S. King, S.A. Kishbaugh, J.-F. Lapierre, B. Lathrop, J.A. Latimore, Y. Lee, N.R. Lottig, J.A. Lynch, L.J. Matthews, W.H. McDowell, K.E.B. Moore, B.P. Neff, S.J. Nelson, S.K. Oliver, M.L. Pace, D.C. Pierson, A.C. Poisson, A.I. Pollard, D.M. Post, P.O. Reyes, D.O. Rosenberry, K.M. Roy, L.G. Rudstam, O. Sarnelle, N.J. Schuldt, C.E. Scott, N.K. Skaff, N.J. Smith, N.R. Spinelli, J.J. Stachelek, E.H. Stanley, J.L. Stoddard, S.B. Stopyak, C.A. Stow, J.M. Tallant, P.-N. Tan, A.P. Thorpe, M.J. Vanni, T. Wagner, G. Watkins, K.C. Weathers, K.E. Webster, J.D. White, M.K. Wilmes, S. Yuan. 2017. LAGOS-NE: A multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of U.S. lakes. Gigascience 6(12) https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/gix101
Citing the R package
- If you used the LAGOS-NE R package to access the data, you should also include this in your reference section to ensure reproducibility and to acknowledge the fantastic vision that Sam and Joe had in writing this package for others to access and use the database. This package is now on CRAN.
LAGOSNE R PACKAGE
Stachelek J., Oliver SK., Masrour F. 2017. LAGOS: R interface to the LAke multi-scaled GeOSpatial & temporal database. R package version 1.0.0. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=LAGOSNE
Citing the methods for creating the database
- This manuscript is different than the data paper because this paper provides much more detail on how the database was created with all of the details needed to fully understand the database. Citing this paper also acknowledge the work of the data integrators.
LAGOS-NE DATABASE INTEGRATION METHODS: Soranno, P.A., E.G. Bissell, K.S. Cheruvelil, S.T. Christel, S.M. Collins, C.E. Fergus, C.T. Filstrup, J.F. Lapierre, N.R. Lottig, S.K. Oliver, C.E. Scott, N.J. Smith, S. Stopyak, S. Yuan, M.T. Bremigan, J.A. Downing, C. Gries, E.N. Henry, N.K. Skaff, E.H. Stanley, C.A. Stow, P.-N. Tan, T. Wagner, K.E. Webster. 2015. Building a multi-scaled geospatial temporal ecology database from disparate data sources: Fostering open science and data reuse. GigaScience 4:28 doi:10.1186/s13742-015-0067-4.
Citing the specific data packages that were used in your analysis
- Because it is likely that have not used all data packages associated with LAGOS-NE in your article, you should cite only the data packages that you use and please refer to the version number for each.
- Soranno P., K. Cheruvelil. 2017. LAGOS-NE-LIMNO v1.087.1: A module for LAGOS-NE, a multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of U.S. Lakes: 1925-2013. Environmental Data Initiative. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b1b93ccf3354a7471b93eccca484d506. Dataset accessed 9/26/2017.
- Soranno P., K. Cheruvelil. 2017. LAGOS-NE-LOCUS v1.01: A module for LAGOS-NE, a multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of U.S. Lakes: 1925-2013. Environmental Data Initiative. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/940b25d022c695b440e1bdbc49fbb77b. Dataset accessed 9/26/2017.
- Soranno P., K. Cheruvelil. 2017. LAGOS-NE-GEO v1.05: A module for LAGOS-NE, a multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of U.S. Lakes: 1925-2013. Environmental Data Initiative. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b88943d10c6c5c480d5230c8890b74a8. Dataset accessed 9/26/2017.
- Soranno P., K. Cheruvelil. 2017. LAGOS-NE-GIS v1.0: A module for LAGOS-NE, a multi-scaled geospatial and temporal database of lake ecological context and water quality for thousands of U.S. Lakes: 2013-1925. Environmental Data Initiative. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/fb4f5687339bec467ce0ed1ea0b5f0ca. Dataset accessed 9/26/2017.