CCL: Where can you publish articles on software?

 Sent to CCL by: "Noel O'Boyle" [no228{}]
 On Mon, 2005-10-17 at 06:57 -0700, Steve Bowlus
 chezbowlus[*] wrote:
 > Sent to CCL by: Steve Bowlus []
 > $0.02 from a (grateful) enduser (who can't spell "C") of everyone
 > code:
 > At one time, the CompChem community had its own vehicle for this
 > purpose.  It was (and still is) called the "Quantum Chemistry Program
 > Exchange."  For nominal cost (basically then media costs), academics
 > industry could get access to cutting edge programming.
 Things have improved in this regard since the 80s. The facilities
 provided by open-source repositories such as SourceForge
 ( are
 light-years beyond simple
 dump-it-and-leave-it-there type repositories. For example, SourceForge
 provides, for each program, a web site, a CVS repository (this is for
 coordinated the work of several developers), mailing lists, forums, bug
 trackers and feature requests. Whether one uses these or not is up to
 the individual developer(s). And it's cheaper than the QCPE - it's free
 for users *and* developers!
 >   As QCPE matured
 > in the mid- to late '80's, there was published (again, at modest cost)
 > the quarterly "QCPE Bulletin," in which contributors could (as my
 > serves me) publish exactly the kind of information being debated in this
 > thread.  Descriptions of new contributions were made in every issue by
 > the director/editor (Richard Counts/Peggy Edwards).  A uniform mechanism
 > was provided for citation of contributions.
 Anything that provides a mechanism for developers to tell users about
 their software, as well as providing an encouragement for people to
 share code openly, sounds good to me. I would prefer though a more
 formal publication procedure with a peer review process, examples of
 which have been mentioned in both Physics and Bioinformatics. Dropping
 the Q in QCPE might also be a good idea; and it would encourage people
 to share code in the wider chemistry community.