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Announcing biblatex-software: software citation made easy


Software, and software source code in particular, is widely used in modern research. It must be properly archived, referenced, described and cited in order to build a stable and long lasting corpus of scientific knowledge. And yet, up to now there was no specific support for citing software in the popular BibTeX format that we use for our bibliographies. We got used to work around this lack of dedicated support by tweaking the @misc entry, citing the user manual, or an article related to a software artifact, or adding in the text or in a footnote urls pointing to a place where one could get the software: the project web page, or a code hosting platform. These workaround were a manifestation of the fact that software artifacts themselves were not considered first class citizen in the scholarly world. With the recent raise of interest on reproducibility of research results , from Artifact Evaluation Committees to the ACM Badges, we have started moving towards giving finally software the academic dignity it deserves.
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Roberto Di Cosmo. Announcing biblatex-software: software citation made easy. Software Engineering Notes, 2020, 45 (4), pp.22-23. ⟨10.1145/3417564.3417570⟩. ⟨hal-02977711⟩
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