Inconsistent Citation of the Global Seismographic Network in Scientific Publications

Molly Staats, Kasey Aderhold, Katrin Hafner, Colleen Dalton, Megan Flanagan, Harriet Lau, Frederik J. Simons, Martin Vallée, S. Shawn Wei, William Yeck, Andy Frassetto, Robert Busby

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The highly used Global Seismographic Network (GSN) is a pillar of the seismological research community and contributes to numerous groundbreaking publications. Despite its wide recognition, this survey found that the GSN is not consistently acknowledged in scientific literature and is underrepresented by roughly a factor of 3 in citation searches. Publication tracking is a key metric that factors into operational decisions and funding support for the network; thus, consistent and proper citation of the GSN is important. This study not only serves as a reminder for researchers using GSN observations to cite the network’s digital object identifiers (DOIs) but also promotes a community-wide conversation among researchers, journal editors, network operators, and other stakeholders regarding more standardized policies and review processes to ensure seismic networks are properly and consistently recognized for their contributions to research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1478-1485
Number of pages8
JournalSeismological Research Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics


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