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The FAIRytale of software citations

van de Sandt, Stephanie; Nielsen, Lars Holm

Ioannidis, Alex

Once upon a time, PIDs were meant to be in data and software citations to give credit, solve the reproducibility crisis and enable reuse. And they lived happily ever after - OR did they?
Despite their great potential, PIDs for data and software citations are not adopted yet into common practice. Instead, social, technical, and policy issues complicate the tracking of data and software usage in scholarly publications. The FORCE 11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group recently proposed six software citation principles in order to standardize citation practices. This is certainly a twisting point in this modern PID drama, which outcome however still remains open.
Investigations of citations to Zenodo data and software objects that were captured by the implementation of the Asclepias Broker in Zenodo highlight the dark side of PIDs in data and software citations. Current citation practices and recommendations do not match proposed citation standards at all and there is more than one obstacle to overcome. Will darkness overpower the PID landscape or is there still hope for a happy ending?

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