Formally citing datasets and other nontraditional research products is rapidly becoming accepted as a mainstream best practice.
However, citation tracking tools do not yet support tracking nontraditional citations. For example, the ISI Web of Science interface does not allow searching for citations by DOI, and DOIs and other unique identifiers included within citations are stripped out of reference information stored by both Web of Science and Scopus. These issues are illustrated here.
Because of the current tool limitations, investigators who create nontraditional resources can not yet be easily rewarded through usage metric information, and patterns of use and reuse can not be easily measured.
This issue affects many different stakeholders, and addressing it may involve coordination across several organizations. In response to widespread interest, to facilitate communication we have started a public and open document, A community hub for progress notes on tool support for tracking citations to nontraditional products, here. The purpose of this hub is to provide:
- a central meeting ground for the many individuals and organizations interested in this issue
- a living document that captures current unmet needs
- an area to inventory and develop initiatives to encourage vendors to address these issues as soon as possible
If you are interested in this issue, please check out the community hub document, add to it, edit it to make it more useful, and learn about others interested in the same things.
ETA: Upon suggestion, changed hashtag from #tools4newcites to #t4nc for brevity.