How to Cite COM(P)ADRE
This guide provides an overview for common ways to cite our databases.
The COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database and COMADRE Animal Matrix Database provided via this portal are open-source data and free of charge. In accordance with the COM(P)ADRE data user agreement, users are obligated to provide appropriate citation for the use of data contained herein.
Providing appropriate database citation in publications and presentations ensures transparency and reproducibility—cornerstones of scientific integrity. It also encourages researchers and organizations to contribute their data as they would be comfortable knowing that their work will be attributed appropriately.
Citing the databases
Users who need to cite the entire database can use the following examples:
Citations should include the date of download and database version number. Version numbers can be found on COMPADRE and COMADRE download pages and in their respective RData objects (e.g., compadre$version or comadre$version).
Please note: RData objects are updated regularly, so if you didn’t note the version number on the day of download, it’s best to check the version from the RData object.
Citing individual species and matrices
The examples above are for citing the entirety of the COMPADRE and COMADRE databases. For small projects or reports, it may be more prudent to cite one or a few species or matrices. We encourage users to use the formats below on those occasions.
Citing a species page
Users who need to cite a single species within the databases may choose to use the following citation example:
Citing an individual matrix
Users who need to cite a single matrix within the databases may choose to use the following citation example:
Please note: Matrix ID numbers are permanent and can be found with their associated matrices on the website or in the RData object.
Other citation examples
Citing non-data pages on the website
Users who choose to cite non-data pages on the website are encouraged to use the following citation example.
Citing the databases as an entities
If users choose to cite COMPADRE or COMADRE in a more general context, we recommend using the following citations.