Giving software its due through community-driven review and publication

Lorena A. Barba, Juanjo Bazan, Jed Brown, Roman V. Guimera, Melissa Gymrek, Alex Hanna, Lindsey J. Heagy, Kathryn D. Huff, Daniel S. Katz, Christopher R. Madan, Kevin M. Moerman, Kyle E. Niemeyer, Jack L. Poulson, Pjotr Prins, Karthik Ram, Ariel Rokem, Arfon M. Smith, George K. Thiruvathukal, Kristen M. Thyng, Leonardo Uieda, Bruce E. Wilson, Yo Yehudi

This is a preprint which has not yet been peer-reviewed.



This correspondence was written by the editorial team of the Journal of Open Source Software in response to the Nature Methods editorial "Giving Software its Due". It was not accepted as a comment on the editorial so we published it as a preprint instead.


A recent editorial in Nature Methods, "Giving Software its Due", described challenges related to the development of research software and highlighted, in particular, the challenge of software publication and citation. Here, we call attention to a system that we have developed that enables community-driven software review, publication, and citation: The Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS) is an open-source project and an open access journal that provides a light-weight publishing process for research software. Focused on and based in open platforms and on a community of contributors, JOSS evidently satisfies a pressing need, having already published more than 500 articles in approximately three years of existence.

The JOSS logo was downloaded from the openjournals/digital-assets repository and is licensed CC-BY.


Barba, L. A., Bazán, J., Brown, J., Guimera, R. V., Gymrek, M., Hanna, A., et al. (2019). Giving software its due through community-driven review and publication. OSF Preprints. doi:10.31219/

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