A step forward for software citation: GitHub's enhanced software citation support

On August 19, GitHub announced software citation support in GitHub repositories. Citation information provided by users (using a CITATION.cff YAML file in the root directory of the default branch) is parsed and made available as bibtex file or formatted citation, currently supporting the APA citation style. The APA style is a good start as it is the only popular citation style that labels software with the string [Computer software] but we hope to see support for more citation styles – including those popular in computer science – going forward. Going forward we also hope to see support for biblatex and potentially @software as the bibtex entry type.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://blog.front-matter.io/posts/step-forward-for-software-citation