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Nine best practices for research software registries and repositories

Garijo, Daniel and Ménager, Hervé and Hwang, Lorraine and Trisovic, Ana and Hucka, Michael and Morrell, Thomas and Allen, Alice (2022) Nine best practices for research software registries and repositories. PeerJ Computer Science, 8 . Art. No. e1023. ISSN 2376-5992. doi:10.7717/peerj-cs.1023.

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Scientific software registries and repositories improve software findability and research transparency, provide information for software citations, and foster preservation of computational methods in a wide range of disciplines. Registries and repositories play a critical role by supporting research reproducibility and replicability, but developing them takes effort and few guidelines are available to help prospective creators of these resources. To address this need, the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group convened a Task Force to distill the experiences of the managers of existing resources in setting expectations for all stakeholders. In this article, we describe the resultant best practices which include defining the scope, policies, and rules that govern individual registries and repositories, along with the background, examples, and collaborative work that went into their development. We believe that establishing specific policies such as those presented here will help other scientific software registries and repositories better serve their users and their disciplines.

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Garijo, Daniel0000-0003-0454-7145
Ménager, Hervé0000-0002-7552-1009
Hwang, Lorraine0000-0002-1021-3101
Trisovic, Ana0000-0003-1991-0533
Hucka, Michael0000-0001-9105-5960
Morrell, Thomas0000-0001-9266-5146
Allen, Alice0000-0003-3477-2845
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Grant Number G-2019-12446), and the Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies. Ana Trisovic is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Grant Number P-2020-13988). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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