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Assessing Open Source Software as a Scholarly Contribution

By Lou Hafer, Arthur E. Kirkpatrick

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 52 No. 12, Pages 126-129
10.1145/1610252.1610285



Academic computer science has an odd relationship with software: Publishing papers about software is considered a distinctly stronger contribution than publishing the software. The historical reasons for this paradox no longer apply, but their legacy remains.

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