A thread for public discussion regarding how EarthArXiv should handle software papers
One of the promises of preprints is to expand the types of science objects that are publicly available, including, potentially, null results, confirmations of the validity of other research, and software papers. All of these need to pass muster as "real science". But none of them need to be sexy or fit into a narrow topic for "this issue of X". Perhaps now is a good time for the users of EarthArXiv to begin the conversation on how to expand this platform to meet its promise. IMHO.
I agree. To repeat my previous comment:
"Also in general I would advocate being more open rather than more closed with respect to types of scientific contributions than traditional journals. That is one of the strengths of repositories and one of its gifts to open science."
Would be neat to also explicitly solicit papers focused on replications of software, like ReScience
I created a shared Google Doc at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zOTQAvF7jj7wz1lIUyKZK4TtTNuSiFclyFM0lYHcl_M/edit?usp=sharing Please take a look when you have time and let's collaboratively revise the EarthArXiv software paper submission guidelines.
Thanks @tomnarock1. I added some comments, although software isn't my area of expertise. @danielnust may have some thoughts.
Thanks Chris. I reached out to Gavin (who commented on our policy in his blog post) and he is interested in contributing as well. I believe @leonardouieda is also interested.
Perhaps peripheral, but may be of interest here: https://github.com/duecredit/duecredit
Sorry for dropping the ball on this. I got this started and then it got away from me. I'd like to propose a deadline for any additional comments revising our software paper policy - say mid-June? Then we can turn it over to the Advisory Council for vote and hopefully put it into place later this summer.
To review where we are see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zOTQAvF7jj7wz1lIUyKZK4TtTNuSiFclyFM0lYHcl_M/edit?usp=sharing
The general idea is to modify the software paper portion of the moderation policy to begin accepting software papers akin to other Earth science publication venues
I've updated our Moderation Policy based on the positive responses in the poll. I added text to indicate we welcome software papers - https://eartharxiv.github.io/moderation.html
Great! Let's see if that encourages some software papers.
Just catching up to this now, good initiative. I've made a couple of minor suggested edits in the Google Doc. Happy to turn them into a PR if seen as useful.
Thanks @danielnust. I'll add your edits to the policy. Good point re: defining software papers. Is there an accepted, or possibly just widely used, definition that we could point to now and evolve over time?
There is a lot of good info here: https://joss.theoj.org/
I'd second Bruce here. While EarthArXiv is accepting software papers (with a relation to Earth sciences, right?), it should follow others, who focus on software papers, regarding the definition and content, especially https://joss.readthedocs.io/en/latest/submitting.html#what-should-my-paper-contain
Nevertheless, I suggest to stress the relation to Earth Science applications/research. It would be good if moderators would collect all "software papers" somehow, or maybe we mention a required tag in the moderation policy? This way you can re-visit the definition issue in a year, and iterate.
Thanks @bcaron and @danielnust. I've updated the Moderation Policy with text following JOSS's description. Please see https://eartharxiv.github.io/moderation.html and let me know if you'd like any additional edits.
Great job, Tom. Let's see what this enables. We should spread the word. I'll ping esip and force 11.