Software Citation in Theory and Practice

Daniel S. Katz, Neil Chue Hong

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In most fields, computational models and data analysis have become a significant part of how research is performed, in addition to the more traditional theory and experiment. Mathematics is no exception to this trend. While the system of publication and credit for theory and experiment (journals and books, often monographs) has developed and has become an expected part of the culture, how research is shared and how candidates for hiring, promotion are evaluated, software (and data) do not have the same history. A group working as part of the FORCE11 community developed a set of principles for software citation that fit software into the journal citation system, allow software to be published and then cited, and there are now over 50,000 DOIs that have been issued for software. However, some challenges remain, including: promoting the idea of software citation to developers and users; collaborating with publishers to ensure that systems collect and retain required metadata; ensuring that the rest of the scholarly infrastructure, particularly indexing sites, include software; working with communities so that software efforts “count”; and understanding how best to cite software that has not been published.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematical Software – ICMS 2018
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, South Bend, IN, USA, July 24-27, 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-96418-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-96417-1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Event6th International Congress on Mathematical Software - University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743


Conference6th International Congress on Mathematical Software
Abbreviated titleICMS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNotre Dame
Internet address


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