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How to cite the database

Whenever you use any information from this website please cite the following paper:

Schmidt-Kloiber, A. & Hering D. (2015): - an online tool that unifies, standardises and codifies more than 20,000 European freshwater organisms and their ecological preferences. Ecological Indicators 53: 271-282. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.02.007

Additionally, the use of ecological information of individual taxonomic groups and individual ecological parameters must always be cited as mentioned in the according reference section. To find this reference section please press on the booklet-icon  on the right side of each of your query results. For one specific organism group and one specific ecological parameter it may be necessary to cite several references! To facilitate this procedure you will find a reference list-icon  in the headline of each queried ecological parameter. After clicking on that icon a complete reference list will be displayed (including all underlying references). You can then copy and paste this information into your reference list. Additionally, at the end of the list you will find an Export-button to easily export this information.

If you are not sure where to find the according icons please refer to » How to use the database/How to find the correct citation and references. If you should have any furhter questions please contact us at »

General references can be found here:

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Data usage

You may download, store, display, print and copy information from this site for scientific and non-commercial purposes only! Any reproduction made must acknowledge as source of the information by citation as indicated above.

You are not permitted to commercialise the information or material without prior approval from the team. You may not use this website to sell a product or service, or to increase traffic to your website for commercial reasons, such as advertising sales.

You may link to this site, but permission is restricted to making a link without any alteration of the site's contents.

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Any feedback on the content and usability of the database and website would be highly appreciated. Suggestions for improvements are also very welcome. Please contact » Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber (

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