[Kst] Citation

Barth Netterfield barth.netterfield at utoronto.ca
Wed Jul 23 16:37:51 UTC 2014

Interesting question.


has a long discussion on the topic.  

My personal opinion has been consistent with section 4.3, which argues that 
software is not a citable publication, and should instead be referenced in the 
text or in footnotes, as you would a particular piece of equipment.  In this 
case I would suggest referring to kst with the url (kst-plot.kde.org) and the 
version you used. 

An an alternative might be an acknowledgement.  "This research used kst 2.0.7 

Of course, this is by no means a settled question!  There is a long history of 
open source scientific software projects "requiring" citations or 
acknowledgements to their code as a strongly encouraged requirement for its 
use.  But in this case, there is often (but not always) a reference 
publication to cite.  Such a thing is not really appropriate for kst.


On July 23, 2014 6:07:44 PM Agosti wrote:

> Dear All,
> I'm writing a scientific publication using KST, what could be the best
> citation of KST software?
> Regards
> Robert
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Barth Netterfield
University of Toronto

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