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Citation neededBy Stephan Druskat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Radovan Bast, University of Tromsø, Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, Alexander Konovalov, University of St Andrews, Andrew Rowley, University of Manchester, and Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Manchester

The citation of research software has a number of purposes, most importantly attribution and credit, but also the provision of impact metrics for funding proposals, job interviews, etc. Stringent software citation practices, as proposed by Katz et al. [1], therefore include the citation of a software version itself, rather than a paper about the software. Direct software citation also enables reproducibility of research results as the exact version can be retrieved from the citation. Unique digital object identifiers (DOIs) for software versions can already be reserved via providers such as Zenodo or figshare, but disseminating (and finding) citation information for software is still difficult…

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Software Citation HackathonBy Stephan Druskat (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

On 26 October 2017, the Force11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group and Force11 Hackathon was hosted at the Force2017 Conference in Berlin, Germany, and led by Neil Chue Hong (Software Sustainability Institute), Lars Holm Nielsen (Zenodo) and Martin Fenner (DataCite). Participants took a full day to exchange, discuss, plan, and hack towards implementations of the software citation workflow.

Software citation is at the very heart of the process to create recognition for software as a scholarly product, and finding and implementing a working solution for this issue is the key to attribution and credit for the creators of scientific software. At the same time, the possibility of citing a software also helps to unlock its potential for sustainability by boosting its accessibility, and by fostering a software’s persistence through the encouragement of tagging its published versions with unique identifiers, such as DOIs. Thus, software citation also becomes a natural path to the reproducibility of research results in the context of open science, where not only the data, but also the complete toolchain employed in a research endeavour, is made openly available.

Software citation is still hard

However, software citation is hard, and for diverse reasons. It is…

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