CCL: Re: Where can you publish articles on software?
- From: jle <jle++theworld.com>
- Subject: CCL: Re: Where can you publish articles on software?
- Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 19:52:31 -0400
Sent to CCL by: jle [jle-.-theworld.com]
On Oct 11, 2005, at 11:47 AM, Noel O Boyle no228^-^cam.ac.uk wrote:
In addition, science should involve building on someone else's work,
reinventing the wheel. Wouldn't it be better if authors made their code
available so that others could use it? Otherwise every person who wants
to do a particular type of charge analysis, for example, has to read
algorithm, write the code, and get their result. During my PhD I found
this to be the case for Hirshfeld Population Analysis. I spent a week
and a half reinventing the wheel (and not very well).
This is why I would like to be able to publish an article on a program.
Well, if what they want is done by a commercially available program,
they can purchase and use it without concern (assuming most such
programs, particularly in the QM field) are validated and tested well.
Otherwise, they can make the code available under the suitable open-
source license or as a binary distribution on a website and post
on places such as CCL. We're still quite a small community, so if
good and available, it'll turn up, or be Google-able.
Writing the code's actually the smallest about of work. Debugging it,
validating it, maintaining it and possibly porting it are usually way