Lightning talk: Software citation: Process, principles, and implementation

FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group

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Software is a critical part of modern research and yet there is little support across the scholarly ecosystem for its acknowledgement and citation. Inspired by the activities of the FORCE11 working group focused on data citation, FORCE11 started a Software Citation Working Group (SCWG). The group initially sought members, and currently has about 55-60 members. The working group reviewed existing community practices, developed a set of use cases, and drafted a software citation principles document. This presentation will discuss the principles (in brief: importance, credit and attribution, unique identification, persistence, accessibility, and specificity), how they will impact the practice of research, and they can be implemented by researchers, publishers, librarians and others who build and maintain repositories, scholars of science, university administrators, and research funders. It should also spark discussion in Track 2 of WSSSPE4 about both the next steps related to software citation and the community goals related to software credit, reproducibility, and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2016
Event4th Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences, WSSSPE4 2016 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 12 2016Sep 14 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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