The aim of this JATS4R recommendation is to enable support for the various ways people may cite software. The additional reading section details software citation initiatives that are promoting change and development, but the JATS4R recommendation passes no judgement on whether an individual XML document is conforming to these or not; the idea is to support whatever use cases journals are seeing and authors are using.
For this group to come up with a recommendation that is useful and conforms to a JATS4R recommendation structure, we defined the following as out of scope:
- Distinguishing between citations to software and citations to articles about software
- Distinguishing between a software paper and another type of paper if/where we can
This document is also available at https://jats4r.org/software-citations/