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Hi, I'm pursuing a Phd (CS, Software Engineering) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. I'm also a (RSE) in linguistics.

💻 My research is on , and .

I also teach computational basics to researchers (), promote RSE () and am a Special Collaborator of the (SSI).

I'm based in Berlin, Germany.

@sdruskat Curious about can you elaborate on that a bit? Thanks in advance.

@jpvanacken Sure can, I think (and so do larger parts of the research software community) that software used in/for research should be cited on par with papers, etc. This is currently not always part of practice.

Some issues around how this would work have been solved (peerj.com/articles/cs-86/), currently solutions are being worked on (force11.org/group/software-cit).

I'm working specifically on making software citation work for dependencies (i.e. software citing software, like papers cite papers).

The two main reasons behind that being:

1. Software work is important for research and should be creditable and credited (e.g., towards better career paths, getting recognition, etc.)
2. Reproducibility: (Proper) software citation identifies the different parts of a computational process that has led to research results. In order to reproduce results, these parts must be known, e.g., down to software versions being used, etc.

@sdruskat Concrete example: I listed the software used for my master thesis in the appendix by naming the software and the version number.

Based on Smith, Katz & Niemeyer (peerj.com/articles/cs-86/) I presume that I should also have included
1. a unique identifier
2. the authors of the software
3. the release date of the version used
4. the location / repository that I obtained the software from
to make my list comply to ideals?

Wondering: are there specific styles?

@jpvanacken Sorry for the delay. I think you can fit most of the important info in most of the styles, and styles are usually defined by the media you publish in.

I personally like to use IEEE w/ URL to make sure I can fit in a DOI + URL in the reference.

In general I think a PID is actually more important for citing versions than a link to the repo, but - as usual in research matters - "it depends" :).

@sdruskat Oddly the PID was the one thing that I never would have considered if I had not read some of the material you mentioned before. I was simply unaware that this sort of ID was a thing for software, as it is for journal articles etc.

Is there a default resource for looking up a PID for any / most pieces of software that you can recommend?

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