Neil Chue Hong comments on rewarding researchers' code for Nature

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Expert comment about recognition for software developers in academia, around the launch of the Depsy tool. Interview given to article commissioned be Nature, picked up by other news outlets across the world.

Such a tool is needed, notes Neil Chue Hong, founding director of the Software Sustainability Institute in Edinburgh, UK, because there are few ways to credit scientists for their software. Young researchers are enthusiastic about coding, he says. Last year, he ran a survey of 1,000 randomly selected UK scientists, which suggested that more than 50% of researchers develop their own code. Even so, few UK academics listed code or software as one of their research outputs in the nation’s latest research quality audit (the ‘Research Excellence Framework’) even in disciplines such as computer science that rely heavily on software. “There is a culture that reinforces the idea that producing and publishing code has no perceived benefit to the researcher,” Hong says.

Period7 Jan 2016 → 14 Jan 2016

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleWriting scientific research software - The silent heroes of the digital age
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletVNReview
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryViet Nam
    PersonsNeil Chue Hong
  • TitleThe Unsung Heroes of Scientific Code
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNature
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionCreators of computer programs that underpin experiments don’t always get their due — so the website Depsy is trying to track the impact of research code.
    Producer/AuthorDalmeet Singh Chalwa
    PersonsNeil Chue Hong