When publishing your data, it is helpful to provide a suggested citation as part of the metadata record, There is no fixed data citation format as it varies between disciplines and is still evolving. Examples of how data can be cited are provided in some of the other sections of this guide.
Publishing data and assigning the attribution is an increasingly recognize research output . Publishing data helps make it discoverable by others, increases the visibility of the research and the researcher, may open up new opportunities for collaboration and will help you demonstrate the impact of your research.
Publishing your data will help will allow you to:
raise your researcher profile
add citable references to your bios and CV
increase your citation rates because you have helped others to find and accurately cite your research data
fulfill funder requirements which stipulate publishing research outputs
track the reach, impact and reuse of your research outputs using tools such as altmetrics, (For more information about metrics see the guide on Impact Measurements), and other products such as such as Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index (not available via the McGill library)