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Several references can be related to a data set, but in principle, real primary data should be supplementary to one reference only.

Definition of a reference

  • Persistent identifier (DOI)
  • Author(s): Full names
  • Title: full title (not abbreviated, lower case for all words but for proper nouns, no full stop at end)
  • Source: this field should be used for monographs, e.g.
    • Books - In: Bleil, U & Thiede, J (eds.), Geological History of the Polar Oceans, NATO ASI Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers, London
    • grey literature like special reports, etc. not published in a series
    • disseration thesis, self published and issued just by the university
  • Journal: full title, not abbreviated
  • Volume: 53(2)
  • Pages: 34-67 or 123 pp for complete books, thesis, reports etc.
  • Year: publication year
  • Status: contains the "prepublication" status of a reference (submitted, accepted, in review, in press).
  • Serial No (optional): proprietary publication number, e.g. AWI publ No 1234 or PKDB56789
  • Type: choose as appropriate from the Publication type choices list
  • Keywords (optional): select from thesaurus or define new as required


Supplementary data should be submitted and imported before a paper is in press. After import and proofread of the data, the author is provided with a DOI for data citation/identification to be used in the publication. The paper should not just refer to the Pangaea domain, but give the link precisely pointing to the relevant data.


For refering in a publication to its primary data, the author should refer to the data by using a note like (example):

Supplementary data are available at doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.472208 

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