Software Citation Today and Tomorrow

April 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Osni Marques

The IDEAS Productivity project, in partnership with the DOE Computing Facilities of the ALCF, OLCF, and NERSC and the DOE Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has resumed the webinar series on Best Practices for HPC Software Developers, which we began in 2016.

As part of this series, we offer one-hour webinars on topics in scientific software development and high-performance computing, approximately once a month. Participation is free and open to the public, but registration is required for each event. The next webinar in the series was titled “Software Citation Today and Tomorrow”, and was presented by Dan Katz.  The webinar took place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET.


Software is increasingly important in research, and some of the scholarly communications community, for example, in FORCE11, has  been pushing the concept of software citations as a method to allow software developers and maintainers to get academic credit for their work: software releases are published and assigned DOIs, and software users then cite these releases when they publish research that uses the  software. This webinar discussed the state of software citation, starting with history of work done by the FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group, leading to a published set of software citation principles (, as well as other prior work. It will also talk about where the community is going, what the obstacles to progress are, and how they may be overcome.