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?


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!

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@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

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