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Attributing and Referencing (Research) Software: Best Practices and Outlook from Inria

Pierre Alliez 1 Roberto Di Cosmo 2, 3, 4 Benjamin Guedj 5, 6, 7, 8 Alain Girault 9 Mohand-Said Hacid 10 Arnaud Legrand 11, 12 Nicolas P. Rougier 13 
1 TITANE - Geometric Modeling of 3D Environments
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
6 MODAL - MOdel for Data Analysis and Learning
LPP - Laboratoire Paul Painlevé - UMR 8524, Université de Lille, Sciences et Technologies, Inria Lille - Nord Europe, METRICS - Evaluation des technologies de santé et des pratiques médicales - ULR 2694, Polytech Lille - École polytechnique universitaire de Lille
9 SPADES - Sound Programming of Adaptive Dependable Embedded Systems
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LIG - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble
10 BD - Base de Données
LIRIS - Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d'information
12 POLARIS - Performance analysis and optimization of LARge Infrastructures and Systems
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LIG - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble
13 Mnemosyne - Mnemonic Synergy
LaBRI - Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, IMN - Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives [Bordeaux]
Abstract : Software is a fundamental pillar of modern scientific research, not only in computer science, but actually across all fields and disciplines. However, there is a lack of adequate means to cite and reference software, for many reasons. An obvious first reason is software authorship, which can range from a single developer to a whole team, and can even vary in time. The panorama is even more complex than that, because many roles can be involved in software development: software architect, coder, debugger, tester, team manager, and so on. Arguably, the researchers who have invented the key algorithms underlying the software can also claim a part of the authorship. And there are many other reasons that make this issue complex. We provide in this paper a contribution to the ongoing efforts to develop proper guidelines and recommendations for software citation, building upon the internal experience of Inria, the French research institute for digital sciences. As a central contribution, we make three key recommendations. (1) We propose a richer taxonomy for software contributions with a qualitative scale. (2) We claim that it is essential to put the human at the heart of the evaluation. And (3) we propose to distinguish citation from reference.
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  • HAL Id : hal-02135891, version 1
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Pierre Alliez, Roberto Di Cosmo, Benjamin Guedj, Alain Girault, Mohand-Said Hacid, et al.. Attributing and Referencing (Research) Software: Best Practices and Outlook from Inria. {date}. ⟨hal-02135891v1⟩



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