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FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group

Sign up and obtain more information on the Home Page. The group is open to everyone who wants to help promote the implementation of the FORCE11 software citation principles. All active group members are listed here. The mailing list for group members is

Use the group GitHub repository for documentation and discussion.

The group started in May 2017 and was originally planning to wrap up work in December 2018 - we have extended the group to enable new task forces to complete.


This group builds on the previous Software Citation Working Group, which developed and publicized an initial set of software citation principles (

The activities of the Software Citation Implementation Working Group will be conducted with relevant stakeholders (publishers, librarians, archivists, funders, repository developers, other community forums with related working groups, etc.) to:

  1. endorse the principles
  2. develop sets of guidelines for implementing the principles
  3. help implement the principles
  4. test specific implementations of the principles.

During this process, the principles may also be updated based on feedback from the activities.


Virtual and In-person Meetings

Monthly virtual meetings are generally held at 06:00 PDT / 07:00 MDT / 08:00 CDT / 09:00 EDT / 13:00 UTC / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CEST / 16:00 EEST / 23:00 AEST on the first Tuesday of the month.

Meeting agendas and minutes can be found at:

We use Zoom to run these meetings.

Taskforce Meetings

There are also regular calls for task forces spun out of the SCI WG.

At present, these are:

  • Software Citation Guidance Task Force meets virtually on the third Wednesday of the month, at 15:00 UTC / 16:00 BST via Zoom (contact Neil Chue Hong for more details)
  • The Best Practices for Software Registries Task Force brings together domain software registry and repository managers and editors — those who can implement changes on their registries — to develop a list of best practices for such services through discussions of how we manage, edit, maintain, and market our resources.
    • This group meets virtually on the second Thursday of the month, at 15:00 UTC and 22:00 UTC (contact Alice Allen to be added to reminders calls)
  • CodeMeta Task Force meets virtually on the last Wednesday of the month, at 14:00 GMT via Zoom (contact Martin Fenner for more details)

In-person Meetings

We also organize in-person workshops either co-located with other events, or where we have obtained funding to organize workshops. These in-person workshops focus on specific topics, e.g. handling software citations in publishers systems.

In addition we have also organized sessions in appropriate conferences, e.g. WSSSPE5 (September 2017 Manchester and October 2017 Auckland), FORCE2017 (October 2017 Berlin), FORCE2018, FORCE2019. The goal of these sessions is to inform the wider community about the work of the group, and to collect feedback.


  • Launch. Identify communities to reach out to and engage as early adopters. Have all relevant stakeholders join the working group. Agree on scope, high-level goals, and how the group operates.
  • Architecture. Resolve relevant architecture issues, via in-person workshop for more complex issues.
  • Pilot Implementations. Build and launch pilot implementations.
  • Evaluation. Describe the work we have done and the lessions learned in a paper.

We will use these as milestones in the GitHub issue tracker, and link issues accordingly.

What we need

  • Reference manager support
  • Citation style support (most citation styles don't handle software specifically, Citeproc doesn't have type software/computer program)
  • Publisher support (ensure software references are not stripped, make them machine readable/discoverable)
  • Reference implementations for software versioning
  • File with citation metadata in bibtex or json format (e.g. codemeta) in code repository root

Related initiatives and projects

Potential early adopter groups

What are the early adopter groups who could be persuaded to write papers following software citation principles and using software citation tools?

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