CCL: Where can you publish articles on software?
- From: "Ivanciuc, Ovidiu I." <oiivanci()
- Subject: CCL: Where can you publish articles on software?
- Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 11:10:13 -0500
Sent to CCL by: "Ivanciuc, Ovidiu I." [oiivanci]_[UTMB.EDU]
>>>You can spend weeks and months to produce complicated
>>>programmes of general interest, it does not mean that
>>>it should be published in a scientific journal.
This misconception might explain why chemistry is well
behind biology in terms of number of free software,
Web servers, and databases.
Software and database notes are regularly published in
high-impact biology journals: Bioinformatics (Impact Factor=5.742),
BMC Bioinformatics (IF=5.42), Nucleic Acids Research (IF=7.26).
Each year, Nucleic Acids Research has a special issue for
databases (see 2005 Database Issue,
and another one for Web servers (see Web Server Issue 2005,
Updates for databases (GenBank, PDB, SwissProt) or major
bioinformatics software are regularly published, and the rule
is to cite the most recent publication when using a database
or a software (such as alignment tools, Web servers).
The recent trend in computational biology is to move in
areas traditionally belonging to computational chemistry.
An example: NIH started PubChem, a database of organic compounds
Very instructive was the answer from the American Chemical Society:
ACS asked the Congress to cut the funding for PubChem, because
it is a public project that competes with a private one (CAS).
If the chemical community wants useful and free software, then it should
accept papers on software.
For the moment, the best advice is to find a potential
application to a biological problem and publish the
software in Bioinformatics or other similar journals.