Citation regulations for Edaphobase

In using Edaphobase information and data sets in scientific or other texts and publications, the respective copyright of the original data provider to the database must be stated and the database named. Following conventional citation rules for printed publications, author, title, year, and the internet address are to be cited. Furthermore, the date of creation or last modification and last access date must be specified in the citation. In individual cases, where a copyright statement is impossible, data users should contact the original data providers.


•      Suggested citation for Edaphobase in general:

Burkhardt, U., Russell, D.J., Decker, P., Döhler, M., Höfer, H., Römbke, J., Trog, C., Vorwald, J., Wurst, E., Xylander, W.E.R. (2014): The Edaphobase project of GBIF-Germany – A new online soil-organism zoological data warehouse. Applied Soil Ecology, 83, 3-12.

•      Suggested citation for downloaded data from Edaphobase:

Edaphobase data warehouse for soil organisms. Accessed via the Edaphobase Data-Query Portal,, on [yyyy-mm-dd].


Some of the data providers to Edaphobase have partially limited the further use of their data or subject them to specific conditions (e.g., anonymized data). Please note the metadata in such data sets.