NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum

Hi all,

I'm working on a journal article that will use geocoded results from Nominatim on OSM plus some other map data. I'd like to ask if there is an official citation to be used in scholarly journal (for both OSM and Nominatim). The info on the copyright page seems to lean more toward webpage and app.

asked 29 Oct '15, 18:33

Toonomi's gravatar image

accept rate: 0%

edited 29 Oct '15, 18:34

The approach taken may vary according to the citation policies of specific journals. There is a huge research literature on OpenStreetMap (probably tens of thousands of papers now), and probably the easiest thing is to check through some of that for examples. One type is a very simple "OpenStreetMap. (2020)." in Stowell et al. (2020).

Other types of citation:

  • General overview: 2 books have been published on OSM, Bennett (2010) & Ramm, Topf & Chilton (2011)
  • Multi-author books: classic example would be Arsanjani, J. J., Zipf, A., Mooney, P. & Helbich, M. OpenStreetMap in GIScience: experiences, research, and applications. Lecture notes in geoinformation and cartography (Springer, 2015).
  • Early research work on OSM: authors such as Haklay, Zipf & Mooney pioneered academic investigation of OSM, and consequently these early papers are influential
  • Data. Probably best to cite when accessed and which site (e.g., OSM Planets or Geofabrik downloads.
  • Wiki. Include access date
  • Software, e.g., Nominatim. Ideally include date used & version

The latter three points will be significant if anyone wishes to replicate reported work.

One last point, if data derived from OSM is a published output this must be licensed appropriately (typically under ODbL).

permanent link

answered 29 Aug '21, 19:28

SK53's gravatar image

SK53 ♦
accept rate: 22%

Did you already have a look at this licence page from OSM foundation?

What point is clear to you, and where do you get stuck in detail?

You want to publish data (and no tile graphics) derived from raw OSM data, or from search results from Nominatim?

permanent link

answered 31 Oct '15, 21:05

stephan75's gravatar image

accept rate: 6%

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text]( "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported

Question tags:


question asked: 29 Oct '15, 18:33

question was seen: 8,799 times

last updated: 29 Aug '21, 19:28

NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum