It strikes me as odd that (at least in my discipline) a lot of fellow researchers do not regard it as necessary to correctly cite the software used in/for their own research. I have even received complaints by fellow peers for practicing absolutely rigorous citing of all software that is involved in my research. Why do people seem to feel that code is somehow less valuable than written words?

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After all: Writing is talking the talk. Coding is walking the walk. So please, fellow peers: Cite your software. Spend some time researching how the authors that your research is based on want to have their code cited. Do your due diligence. Be fair!

@eschenbach I always cite the software that I use because it is something that another person has done.

I think citation managers like Zotero and Mendeley offer a templats to cite software. Plus you have an author, you have a title, you have a year, which means there is no excuse not to cite

@eschenbach for me the biggest obstacle to correctly citing the software I use is that … it's often hard when not completely impossible to find the correct way to cite a piece of software, so ultimately the citation ends up being just a link to the repository hosting the source or something like that.

More software developers should get in the habit of adding a section “how to cite” (possibly with ready-made BibTeX references) to their manuals.

@giuseppebilotta I totally agree, citation guidelines should definitely be included and often it's a lot of work to find the correct info! But in cases where it doesn't exist it's much better practice to cite the repo instead of nothing :)

@eschenbach @giuseppebilotta to add something, I'd advise towards including a 'cyte as' note in repositories of software commonly used in research. It's definitely up to developers whether to do that or not, but a PR could be opened by researchers nevertheless.

@encelado @giuseppebilotta I wholeheartedly agree and even have to admit that my own repos are still lacking this. They are definitely not "commonly used in research" 😅 but I will definitely add such a note for reasons of integrity.

Would you cite the pen you used to take notes or the keyboard you used to enter data? I'd guess most people see software on that same level, a simple tool.

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