User Agreement

Updated 8 April 2020


The COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database and COMADRE Animal Matrix Database provided via this portal are open-access data and free of charge under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Data users and publishers are strongly encouraged to provide appropriate attribution to COM(P)ADRE as the source or intermediary of data contained herein. We ask users to review our How to Cite guidelines for more detail.

We also encourage users to make use of the error reporting tool on website data pages or the Contact Us form regarding concerns about data quality or other issues.

Transfer of COM(P)ADRE data

We request that users refer colleagues to our website rather than simply passing on copies of the data. This is because our databases are updated frequently, including potential typo and error correction, and we wish to minimize the propagation of errors wherever possible.

Integrity of COM(P)ADRE data

Please note that although our team has digitized numerous additional ancillary data, the matrix data in these databases are ultimately derived from (mostly) peer-reviewed scientific publications. The ultimate source for each matrix in the database is indicated in the metadata and with individual matrices on the website.

The data contained in both the COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database and COMADRE Animal Matrix Database have been carefully checked to fix and avoid errors; however, the COM(P)ADRE Team (including all project personnel and institutional sponsors) accept no liability with regard to the material available in the collection. In particular, we accept no responsibility for any harm suffered by the user as a result of using these data, even if such harm results from errors on our part. We ask users to inform us of any errors that you find so that we can correct them.

Access to COM(P)ADRE data

We intend to update COMPADRE and COMADRE regularly and to provide convenient access to the database collection online; however, we do not accept responsibility for any harm or inconvenience resulting from a suspension of service, whether temporary or permanent.