Software Citation

By Stephan Druskat, Jurriaan H. Spaaks, Netherlands eScience Center, and Alexander Struck. In order to enable attribution and credit for Research Software Engineers, and other developers of and contributors to research software, software must be made citable, and must be cited. One of the obstacles for correct and comprehensive software citation is the lack, or suboptimal discoverability, of relevant metadata. While, for instance, papers provide their metadata quite obviously (i.e., title, authors, containing publication, publication date, etc.), software hardly ever does.
Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE) is calling for papers for an upcoming special issue to be published in January/February 2020. This issue will examine the state of software and data citation, inform the community of the excellent resources available to advance research and education goals, and inform future directions for research and implementation.


By Stephan Druskat (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

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