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Software Citation Working Group

This group has finished its work.  The new Software Citation Implementation Working Group has now started to implement the principles developed here.


Software Citation Principles (Published 2016)


Mission Statement

The software citation working group is a cross-team committee leveraging the perspectives from a variety of existing initiatives working on software citation to  produce a consolidated set of citation principles in order to encourage broad adoption of a consistent policy for software citation across disciplines and venues.  The working group will review existing efforts and make a set of recommendations. These recommendations will be put of for endorsement by the organizations represented by this group and others that play an important role in the community.

The group will produce a set of principles, illustrated with working examples, and a plan for dissemination and distribution.  This group will not be producing detailed specifications for implementation although it may review and discuss possible technical solutions. 

Co-chairs: Arfon Smith & Daniel S. Katz & Kyle Niemeyer


  • April 2015: Working group established
  • February 2016: Formal recommendations presented at Force11 2016

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Arfon Smith

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