How to Cite and Acknowledge ICOS data

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Sharing data is essential for making your research impactful and generalisable, as you often need data from multiple stations or over a long time period. A good way to motivate your colleagues to share and publish their data is to give them proper credit when you use theirs. This also helps to secure funding for maintaining the stations that produce the data, which increases the quality and quantity of the available data. Moreover, within ICOS community, proper acknowledgements ensure that your papers are counted as using ICOS data. 


This is how to cite ICOS data 


In Data citation chapter  

The methane concentrations / ecosystem fluxes /  pCO2-based air–sea fluxes / …  were downloaded from ICOS Carbon portal, doi: xxx (name et al., 2023)


In References:

Use the citation from landing page of the dataset you downloaded, either as plain text or in BibTex format, e.g.

Couret, C., Schmidt, M. (2023). ICOS ATC NRT CO2 growing time series, Zugspitze (3.0 m), 2022-03-01–2023-03-22, ICOS RI,


  author={Couret, Cédric and Schmidt, Martina},

  title={ICOS ATC NRT CO2 growing time series, Zugspitze (3.0 m), 2022-03-01–2023-03-22},



  publisher={Atmosphere Thematic Centre},





In Acknowledgements:

We thank ICOS PIs/TC/CP for providing the data/facilities on the atmospheric composition/fluxes/pCO2/elaborated products/service.

We thank PI(s)  name(s) of ICOS station(s) for their additional information and thoughtful comments on the paper.

Note: If word ”ICOS” is not in this paragraph, the citation reports do not find this paper.


Checklist for citing and acknowledging

  • As an author, do it.
  • As a supervisor, make sure everyone in your group does it.
  • As a reviewer, make sure the papers you review cite and acknowledge the data.
  • As an editor, make the Data citation sections mandatory.