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Have you used data from Observation.org and don't know how to reference the source?

If you have used data from third parties to prepare a scientific paper, a press release or any other communication, it is important that you always refer to the source of the information.

In the case of taking data from Observation.org, the same rule is followed, as indicated in the Terms of the Service of Observation.org.

Simple reference citation

If your publication is a presentation, a video or a press release, a simple reference citation will be enough:

Source: Observation.org, Observation International and local partners. Available at https://observation.org. Retrieved June 30, 2022

If you have only included your data in the communication, you can refer to the platform as follows:

Source: own data, compiled with Observation.org

Bibliographic reference citation

If you are going to use Observation.org data for a scientific publication or one that requires a standardized citation format, we recommend using the following formats.

As an example, you want to reference the Atelerix algirus observations dataset from Observation.org that you have included in your analyses:

Observation.org dataset, Atelerix algirus. 2021. Accessed June 30, 2022. Observation International and local partners. https://observation.org/species/81895/

APA format:

Observation International and local partners. (2022), [Observation.org dataset Atelerix algirus]. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://observation.org/species/81895/

MLA format:

Observation.org dataset, Atelerix algirus. Observation International and local partners, 2022, https://observation.org/species/81895/ accessed June 30, 2022

Chicago Format:

Observation International and local partners. "Observation.org dataset, Atelerix algirus" Accessed June 30, 2022. https://observation.org/species/81895/

Harvard format:

Observation International and local partners. (2022). Observation.org dataset, Atelerix algirus. Available at: https://observation.org/species/81895/. [June 30, 2022].

What if I'm using a map captured from the web?

In that case you must specify the URL from where you obtained the map in your citation:

APA format:

Observation International and local partners. (2022), [Map of observations of Atelerix algirus in Spain]. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from spain.observation.org/soort/maps/81895?from=1900-01-01&to=2022-06-30&grid=310

MLA format:

Map of observations of Atelerix algirus in Spain. Observation International and local partners, 2022, spain.observation.org/soort/maps/81895?from=1900-01-01&to=2022-06-30&grid=310 accessed June 30, 2022

Chicago Format:

Observation International and local partners. "Observation map of Atelerix algirus in Spain" Accessed June 30, 2022. spain.observation.org/soort/maps/81895?from=1900-01-01&to=2022-06-30&grid=310

Harvard format:

Observation International and local partners. (2022). Map of observations of Atelerix algirus in Spain. Available at: spain.observation.org/soort/maps/81895?from=1900-01-01&to=2022-06-30&grid=310. [June 30, 2022].

An important detail is that the additional attribution information shown at the bottom of the map must appear in your image, referring to the intellectual property of the map itself. For example, Google or OpenStreetMaps. If you've cropped the map, and removed this attribution, you'll need to include it overlay on your image.

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