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Nine Best Practices for Research Software Registries and Repositories: A Concise Guide

Task Force On Best Practices For Software Registries Alain Monteil 1, 2 Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran 3 Alexandros Ioannidis 4 Alice Allen 5, * Allen Lee 6 Anita Bandrowski 7 Bruce E. Wilson 8 Bryce Mecum 9 Cai Fan Du 10 Carly Robinson 11 Daniel Garijo 12 Daniel S. Katz 13 David Long 14 Genevieve Milliken 15 Hervé Ménager 16 Jessica Hausman 17 Jurriaan H. Spaaks 18 Katrina Fenlon 5 Kristin Vanderbilt 19 Lorraine Hwang 20 Lynn Davis 11 Martin Fenner 21 Michael R. Crusoe 22 Michael Hucka 23 Mingfang Wu 24 Neil Chue Hong 25 Peter Teuben 5 Shelley Stall 26 Stephan Druskat 27, 28, 29 Ted Carnevale 30 Thomas Morrell 23
Abstract : Scientific software registries and repositories serve various roles in their respective disciplines. These resources improve software discoverability and research transparency, provide information for software citations, and foster preservation of computational methods that might otherwise be lost over time, thereby supporting research reproducibility and replicability. However, developing these resources takes effort, and few guidelines are available to help prospective creators of registries and repositories. To address this need, we present a set of nine best practices that can help managers define the scope, practices, and rules that govern individual registries and repositories. These best practices were distilled from the experiences of the creators of existing resources, convened by a Task Force of the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group during the years 2019-2020. We believe that putting in place specific policies such as those presented here will help scientific software registries and repositories better serve their users and their disciplines.
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Task Force On Best Practices For Software Registries, Alain Monteil, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Alexandros Ioannidis, Alice Allen, et al.. Nine Best Practices for Research Software Registries and Repositories: A Concise Guide. 2021. ⟨hal-03093837⟩

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