There is a newer version of this record available.

Other Open Access

Citation File Format (CFF)

Druskat, Stephan

JSON Export

  "files": [
      "links": {
        "self": ""
      "checksum": "md5:df70d177c5fe7b326f27fe901c784d79", 
      "bucket": "5bc5cd3c-b60b-4517-beb8-7754f60a5ee3", 
      "key": "cff-specifications-0.9-RC1.pdf", 
      "type": "pdf", 
      "size": 131873
  "owners": [
  "doi": "10.5281/zenodo.1003150", 
  "stats": {
    "version_unique_downloads": 295.0, 
    "unique_views": 63.0, 
    "views": 84.0, 
    "downloads": 37.0, 
    "unique_downloads": 34.0, 
    "version_unique_views": 552.0, 
    "volume": 4879301.0, 
    "version_downloads": 357.0, 
    "version_views": 670.0, 
    "version_volume": 47054475.0
  "links": {
    "doi": "", 
    "conceptdoi": "", 
    "bucket": "", 
    "conceptbadge": "", 
    "html": "", 
    "latest_html": "", 
    "badge": "", 
    "latest": ""
  "conceptdoi": "10.5281/zenodo.1003149", 
  "created": "2017-10-06T12:33:00.199488+00:00", 
  "updated": "2019-04-09T13:15:03.580679+00:00", 
  "conceptrecid": "1003149", 
  "revision": 19, 
  "id": 1003150, 
  "metadata": {
    "access_right_category": "success", 
    "doi": "10.5281/zenodo.1003150", 
    "description": "<p>The <strong>Citation File Format</strong> (<strong>CFF</strong>) is a human- and machine-readable format for <em>CITATION</em> files. These files provide citation metadata for (research and scientific) software. The format aims to support all use cases for software citation described in [1]. CFF is serialized in YAML 1.2, and is therefore Unicode-based and cross-language (in terms of both natural language scripts and programming languages). This specification, together with the Unicode standard for characters, aims to provide all the information necessary to understand CFF, and to use (i.e., write) and re-use (i.e., read, validate, convert from) it. These specifications are maintained openly at</p>\n\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n\n<p>[1] A. M. Smith, D. S. Katz, K. E. Niemeyer, and FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group, &ldquo;Software citation principles,&rdquo;<em> PeerJ Computer Science</em>, vol. 2, p. e86, Sep. 2016 [Online]. Available:</p>", 
    "contributors": [
        "affiliation": "Software Sustainability Institute, University of Manchester, UK", 
        "type": "Other", 
        "name": "Silva, Raniere"
        "affiliation": "University of Troms\u00f8, Norway", 
        "type": "Other", 
        "name": "Bast, Radovan"
    "title": "Citation File Format (CFF)", 
    "license": {
      "id": "CC-BY-SA-4.0"
    "relations": {
      "version": [
          "count": 8, 
          "index": 0, 
          "parent": {
            "pid_type": "recid", 
            "pid_value": "1003149"
          "is_last": false, 
          "last_child": {
            "pid_type": "recid", 
            "pid_value": "1405679"
    "language": "eng", 
    "version": "0.9-RC1", 
    "references": [
      "A. M. Smith, D. S. Katz, K. E. Niemeyer, and FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group, \"Software citation principles,\" PeerJ Computer Science, vol. 2, p. e86, Sep. 2016 [Online]. Available:", 
      "S. Druskat, \"Track 2 Lightning Talk: Should CITATION files be standardized?\" in Proceedings of the Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE5.1), 2017 [Online]. Available:", 
      "R. Wilson, \"Encouraging citation of software - introducing CITATION files.\" 2013 [Online]. Available:", 
      "O. Ben-Kiki, C. Evans, and I. d\u00f6t Net, \"YAML Ain't Markup Language (YAML) Version 1.2. 3rd Edition, Patched at 2009-10-01.\" 2009 [Online]. Available:", 
      "J.-M. Hufflen, \"Names in bibtex and mlBibTeX,\" TUGboat, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 243\u2013253, Nov. 2006 [Online]. Available:"
    "keywords": [
      "citation file format, CFF, citation files, software citation, format, YAML, software sustainability, research software"
    "publication_date": "2017-10-06", 
    "creators": [
        "orcid": "0000-0003-4925-7248", 
        "affiliation": "Humboldt-Universit\u00e4t zu Berlin, Department of German Studies and Linguistics, Berlin, Germany", 
        "name": "Druskat, Stephan"
    "access_right": "open", 
    "resource_type": {
      "subtype": "other", 
      "type": "publication", 
      "title": "Other"
    "related_identifiers": [
        "scheme": "url", 
        "identifier": "", 
        "relation": "isSupplementTo"
        "scheme": "doi", 
        "identifier": "10.5281/zenodo.1003149", 
        "relation": "isVersionOf"
All versions This version
Views 67084
Downloads 35737
Data volume 47.1 MB4.9 MB
Unique views 55263
Unique downloads 29534


Cite as