Software Citation

By Stephan Druskat, Daniel S. Katz, David Klein, Mark Santcroos, Tobias Schlauch, Liz Sexton-Kennedy, and Anthony Truskinger. Like the behemoth cruise ship leaving the harbour of Amsterdam that overshadowed our discussion table at WSSSPE 6.1, credit for software is a slowly moving target, and it’s a non-trivial task to ensure that the right people get due credit. In this blog post, we aim to review the current state of practice in terms of credit for research software. We also attempt to summarise recent developments and outline a more ideal state of affairs.
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.
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.

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

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