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Citation File Format (CFF) - Specifications

Druskat, Stephan; Spaaks, Jurriaan H.; Chue Hong, Neil; Haines, Robert; Baker, James

Gruenpeter, Morane; Silva, Raniere; Bast, Radovan; Crusoe, Michael R.

CITATION.cff files are plain text files with human- and machine-readable citation information for software. Code developers can include them in their repositories to let others know how to correctly cite their software. This is the specification for the Citation File Format.

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  • 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: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj-cs.86

  • 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: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3827058

  • R. Wilson, "Encouraging citation of software - introducing CITATION files." 2013 [Online]. Available: https://www.software.ac.uk/blog/2013-09-02-encouraging-citation-software-introducing-citation-files

  • O. Ben-Kiki, C. Evans, and I. döt Net, "YAML Ain't Markup Language (YAML) Version 1.2. 3rd Edition, Patched at 2009-10-01." 2009 [Online]. Available: http://yaml.org/spec/1.2/spec.html

  • J.-M. Hufflen, "Names in bibtex and mlBibTeX," TUGboat, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 243–253, Nov. 2006 [Online]. Available: https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb27-2/tb87hufflen.pdf

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