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How to cite the ALA

Here are our guidelines on how to cite the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA).

Citing is giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas.

How to cite the ALA as a whole

To cite the ALA as a whole, use:

‘Atlas of Living Australia website at http://www.ala.org.au. Accessed 29 October 2015.’

How to cite an ALA page

To cite a page from the ALA, use the form:

‘Atlas of Living Australia website at http://www.ala.org.au/page name. Accessed 3 November 2015.’

Example:

‘Atlas of Living Australia website at http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Vombatus+ursinus. Accessed 30 November 2015.’

How to cite data downloads

Occurrence records downloads contain a README file with instructions on how to cite the ALA and the data sets contained in the download. These downloads are now provided with an associated Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which can be found in both the email for the download as well as the README file mentioned above. The ALA encourage authors to link this download DOI to any subsequent publications (referencing the download data) via the DOI linking service provided by the publisher.

To cite other data downloaded from the ALA (check lists, field guides, et al.), use the form:

‘Atlas of Living Australia occurrence download at http://www.ala.org.au. Accessed 3 November 2015.’

Please also cite the list of original data resources/datasets, which can be found in the download ZIP file, in ‘citation.csv’.

Note: As with most websites, pages on the ALA website may change over time.