cogcom 18: e3

Editorial

Software Articles and Open Source Research Software: The Why, the What, and the How

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.28-1-2021.168507,
        author={Vincent A. Cicirello},
        title={Software Articles and Open Source Research Software: The Why, the What, and the How},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications: Online First},
        volume={},
        number={},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={COGCOM},
        year={2021},
        month={1},
        keywords={cognitive communications software, impact, open source, reproducible research, reuse, software papers},
        doi={10.4108/eai.28-1-2021.168507}
    }
    
  • Vincent A. Cicirello
    Year: 2021
    Software Articles and Open Source Research Software: The Why, the What, and the How
    COGCOM
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.28-1-2021.168507
Vincent A. Cicirello1,*
  • 1: Computer Science, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205
*Contact email: vincent.cicirello@stockton.edu

Abstract

In this editorial, I make the case for why you should write and publish software articles about your open source research software. I begin by discussing some of the benefits of releasing your research software as an open source project. Then, I explain what a software article is in general, as well as why you should consider writing one about your research software, such as increased reproducibility, increased software reuse, the potential to increase the impact that your research has on the work of others, the potential to gain new collaborators, among other advantages. Open source enables these things, and software articles enhance the process by increasing discoverability, as well as by placing the software within a broader research context. I then discuss how to proceed to write a software article more specifically for submission to the EAI Transactions on Cognitive Communications, using either the “research article” or “short communications” article types.