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Attributing and Referencing (Research) Software: Best Practices and Outlook from Inria

Alliez, P; Cosmo, RD; Guedj, B; Girault, A; Hacid, M-S; Legrand, A; Rougier, NP; (2020) Attributing and Referencing (Research) Software: Best Practices and Outlook from Inria. Computing in Science and Engineering , 22 (1) pp. 39-52. 10.1109/MCSE.2019.2949413. Green open access

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Abstract

Software is a fundamental pillar of modern scientiic research, not only in computer science, but actually across all elds and disciplines. However, there is a lack of adequate means to cite and reference software, for many reasons. An obvious rst reason is software authorship, which can range from a single developer to a whole team, and can even vary in time. The panorama is even more complex than that, because many roles can be involved in software development: software architect, coder, debugger, tester, team manager, and so on. Arguably, the researchers who have invented the key algorithms underlying the software can also claim a part of the authorship. And there are many other reasons that make this issue complex. We provide in this paper a contribution to the ongoing eeorts to develop proper guidelines and recommendations for software citation, building upon the internal experience of Inria, the French research institute for digital sciences. As a central contribution, we make three key recommendations. (1) We propose a richer taxonomy for software contributions with a qualitative scale. (2) We claim that it is essential to put the human at the heart of the evaluation. And (3) we propose to distinguish citation from reference.

Type: Article
Title: Attributing and Referencing (Research) Software: Best Practices and Outlook from Inria
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/MCSE.2019.2949413
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/MCSE.2019.2949413
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: cs.DL, cs.DL, cs.SE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10083909
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