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The Journal of Open Source Software

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The Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS) is a developer friendly journal for research software packages.

What exactly do you mean by 'journal'

The Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS) is an academic journal with a formal peer review process that is designed to improve the quality of the software submitted. Upon acceptance into JOSS, a CrossRef DOI is minted and we list your paper on the JOSS website.

Don't we have enough journals already?

Perhaps, and in a perfect world we'd rather papers about software weren't necessary but we recognize that for most researchers, papers and not software are the currency of academic research and that citations are required for a good career.

We built this journal because we believe that after you've done the hard work of writing great software, it shouldn't take weeks and months to write a paper1 about your work.

You said developer friendly, what do you mean?

We have a simple submission workflow and extensive documentation to help you prepare your submission. If your software is already well documented then paper preparation should take no more than an hour.

1 After all, this is just advertising.

The site

The JOSS submission tool is hosted at

JOSS Reviews

If you're looking for the JOSS reviews repository head over here:

Code of Conduct

In order to have a more open and welcoming community, JOSS adheres to a code of conduct adapted from the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.

Please adhere to this code of conduct in any interactions you have in the JOSS community. It is strictly enforced on all official JOSS repositories, the JOSS website, and resources. If you encounter someone violating these terms, please let the Editor-in-Chief (@arfon) or someone on the editorial board know and we will address it as soon as possible.


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