[Python-Dev] Official citation for Python
On Sun, 9 Sep 2018 at 20:55 Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> On 9/9/2018 11:39 PM, Jacqueline Kazil wrote:
> > Terry -- For clarification, the format question was not a style
> > question. It was a reference to the one versus many that I wrote in the
> > explainer.
> I don't know what you mean by this.
> > Yes... there are many prescribed formats already. That is the easy part.
> Different publications use different citation formats. We cannot
> dictate which format an author or publication uses. We could, and I
> think should, suggest the content of the different fields that go into
> the various formats. And we could give examples of citing, say, the
> Reference Manual, in the most common formats.
What we can suggest, though, is what the information should be and that's
what Jackie is initially asking about, i.e. do we want a single reference
for the language that is version-agnostic or one for each Python release?
My vote is a single reference and leave it up to the person referencing to
clarify the version they are using. Seems the simplest to maintain
> > On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 11:33 PM Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu
> > <mailto: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.
> The PSF is the publisher. It seems that you might be more competent to
> make some of the decisions than are we developers, who have mostly left
> academia some time ago.
> > > 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.
> > > 2. Where does it live on the site?
> > On https://bugs.python.org/issue26597, I suggested the Copyright
> To make the answer more visible,
> > I now think a link to 'Citing these Documents' on
> > https://docs.python.org/3/
> > would be even better.
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