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Data Product Citation Policy

Citation Policy

To acknowledge the scientists who have provided products, we request that you include a bibliographic citation to all ORNL DAAC products that you use in your publications. Such citations will help others find the products and see how they have been used.

The content of a data product citation should include as much of the following information as appropriate:

  • contributing investigators/authors
  • year of release
  • product title
  • publisher and publisher location (ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA)
  • date accessed
  • temporal and spatial subset (as appropriate)
  • digital object identifier

An editorial "Citations to Published DatasetsPDF" describes the rationale and advantages for dataset citations.

Citation Examples


Turner, D.P., W.D. Ritts, and M. Gregory. 2006. BigFoot NPP Surfaces for North and South American Sites, 2002-2004. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

MODIS Subset

ORNL DAAC. 2008. MODIS Collection 5 Land Products Global Subsetting and Visualization Tool. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Accessed August 25, 2015. Subset obtained for MOD13Q1 product at 35.9587N,84.2874W, time period: 2000-02-18 to 2000-04-06, and subset size: 0.25 x 0.25 km.

MODIS citation details


Thornton, P.E., M.M. Thornton, B.W. Mayer, Y. Wei, R. Devarakonda, R.S. Vose, and R.B. Cook. 2016. Daymet: Daily Surface Weather Data on a 1-km Grid for North America, Version 3. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Accessed August 25, 2016. Time Period: 1980-01-01 to 1985-12-31. Spatial range: N=35.05, S=32.50, W=-101.80, E=-85.20.

Daymet citation details

Web Page and Images

ORNL DAAC. 2017. Data Management for Data Providers. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Accessed March 27, 2017.

If you have questions about how to cite ORNL DAAC data products or services, please contact the ORNL DAAC User Services Office (USO).