Hobbyists and Researchers
Troubleshooting and FAQs
Citing Solcast data in your research papers and thesis
Solcast provides a guide on properly attributing our API data in the students’ and researchers’ academic work.
When it’s time to write up your research paper, your thesis, or other academic/research article, you'll naturally want to know how to properly cite our data.
Here are some pointers to make sure you do this properly:
1. Always include the Solcast homepage - https://solcast.com in your citation. This should appear in your bibliography as a URL that is 'clickable' from within the document. 2. Always make sure that the online preview or summary information on your publisher's webpage includes a link to https://solcast.com, if possible. 3. Depending on what service you used, call the data "Solar Irradiance Data" or "Solar Forecasting Data" as the 'title' for the dataset in the bibliography, with "Solcast" as the author. 4. Be sure to mention the Solcast API in your abstract as a data source. 5. Use the calendar year that you downloaded our data. 6. If you’ll give a presentation of your work, we'd be happy to provide you with a high resolution version of our logo. Simply reach out to us and we’ll give you one. 7. If you need a DOI, you can find a relevant one here.
Here is a great example from a researcher who use the Solcast API in their work, for data accessed in 2018: