This episode provides an overview of scholarly communication practices as they relate to software preservation and citation within contemporary scholarly research methods.  Attention is paid to evolving and changing practices in a variety of institutional settings (e.g. post-secondary institutions , GLAMs, nonprofits), and to the need for disciplinary responsiveness in publication and citation practices.

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May 16 // 8amPST – 10am CST – 4pm BST/CET


   + James Howison (University of Texas at Austin)

   + Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati (Vanderbilt University)

   + Neil Chue Hong (Software Sustinability Institute)

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Discussion Questions:

   + Where (and when) can software preservation discussions enter into the research process? Especially in terms of disciplines such as the humanities where issues of software creation, preservation, and emulation are in the initial stages of development.

   + What role can training take in order to facilitate scholarly communication practices within and beyond institutional boundaries? E.g. outward facing blogs as well as internal communication re. Best practices, workflows etc.

   + What teams/groups should be involved in discussions of software in digital/scholarly communications?  How can SPN or other collectives work to build strong networks?

   + Where do you see software in digital/scholarly communications in the next 5 years? 10 years?

Supplementary Resources:

Websites & Blogs

   + Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarly Communications Program:

   + Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communications Program:

   + Bucknell’s Digital Scholarship Workflow:

   + CiteAs:

   + Developers and researchers on cross-functional teams that use digital collections:  

   + FLOSS mole:

   + FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Group

   + Haters Gonna Hate – why you shouldn’t be ashamed of releasing your code

   + James Howison graduate “Peer Production” syllabus:

   + London School of Economics and Political Science. Impact Blog. “101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: how researchers are getting to grip with the myriad new tools”

   + London School of Economics and Political Science. Impact Blog. Digital collections offer researchers opportunities to develop new skills and scholarly communications networks.

   + Scholarly and Research Communication Vol 7 No. 2/3 (2016) AND CfP for Theme:The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Algorithms, Bots, Usage Data, Big Data, Visualization, and AI (Questions? Contact Monique Sherrett

   + Software Sustainability Institute. “How to Describe and Cite Software.”

   + 4OSS recommendations: Recommendations to encourage best practices in research software from the Open Source Software Working Group, supported by ELIXIR, SSI and the Netherlands eScience Center:

   + University of Toronto Scholarly Communications Guide:

 Articles, Reports & Presentations

   + Manifesto from Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 16252. Engineering Academic Software. “serving as a roadmap towards future professional software engineering for software-based research instruments and other software produced and used in an academic context. The manifesto is expressed in terms of a series of actionable “pledges” that users and developers of academic research software can take as concrete steps towards improving the environment in which that software is produced.”

   + Practice papers from the International Digital Curation Conference ( are published afterwards in the IJDC:

   + Software as a Well-Formed Research Object, DLF 2017 Presentation

   + The Pathways of Research Software Preservation: An Educational and Planning Resource for Service Development