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 (, currently solutions are being worked on (

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 ( 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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