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[Python-Dev] Official citation for Python


On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:

> On 9/9/2018 3:43 PM, Jacqueline Kazil wrote:
>
>> <http:///>The PSF has received a few inquiries asking the question ?
>> ?How do I cite Python??So, I am reaching out to you all to figure this out.
>>
>> (For those that don?t know my background, I have been in academia for a
>> bit as a Ph.D student and have worked at the Library of Congress writing
>> code to process Marc records <https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/>,
>> among other things.)
>>
>> IMHO the citation for Python should be decided upon by the Python
>> developers and should live somewhere on the site.
>>
>> Two questions to be answered?
>>
>>  1. What format should it take?
>>
>
> There are by now formats for citing web documents.  I presume style guides
> now include such.  Try a current version of the Chicago Manual of Style.
> (not sure of exact title).  I will ask a university professor who should
> know more than I.


Citation Style Language -- supported by a number of citation tools such as
Zotero and Mendeley -- is used to generate citations in very many citation
styles such as Chicago, MLA,
https://citationstyles.org
https://citationstyles.org/authors/
https://www.zotero.org/styles (9141 styles, really)
https://github.com/citation-style-language/styles

BibTeX can be generated with CSL.

SciPy, scikit-learn, statsmodels, and pandas all list bibtex citations in
their docs.

https://www.scipy.org/citing.html
- [ ] Add the Python citation to this list

http://scikit-learn.org/stable/about.html#citing-scikit-learn
https://www.statsmodels.org/stable/#citation
https://pandas.pydata.org/talks.html

BibTeX is rather unspecified; in terms of which fields/attributes to define.

Search engines index schema.org metadata; which can be represented as RDF
in HTML (RDFa), microdata, JSON-LD:

https://schema.org/CreativeWork
  https://schema.org/Code
  https://schema.org/SoftwareApplication
  https://schema.org/ScholarlyArticle

Ideally, a tool such as Zotero or Mendeley can auto-detect and parse the
citation for reformatting (with CSL) into whichever citation style is used
for a bibliography / works cited / tools section.

Are there separate citations for Python and CPython?

https://westurner.github.io/tools/#cpython

https://sphinxcontrib-bibtex.readthedocs.io/en/latest/quickstart.html

> This extension allows BibTeX citations to be inserted into documentation
generated by Sphinx, via a bibliography directive, and a cite role, which
work similarly to LaTeX?s thebibliography environment and \cite command.


>  2. Where does it live on the site?
>>
>
> On https://bugs.python.org/issue26597, I suggested the Copyright page. I
> now think a link to 'Citing these Documents' on https://docs.python.org/3/
> would be even better.


A heading in the docs would be great.
People may also be likely to read the README.

If there are potentially multiple citations, sphinxcontrib-bibtex may be
worth adding to the CPython docs.


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