Software Citation Today and Tomorrow

Series: HPC Best Practices Webinars

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 will discuss 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.


Presenter Bio

Daniel S. Katz is Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Research Associate Professor in Computer Science (CS), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and the School of Information Sciences (iSchool), at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include policy issues, such as citation and credit mechanisms and practices associated with software and data, organization and community practices for collaboration, and career paths for computing researchers. Dan is one of the recipients of the 2018 BSSw Fellowships. The BSSw Fellowships Program gives recognition and funding to leaders and advocates of high-quality scientific software.