Software Information Dashboard for Original Software Publications


The Software Information Dashboard provides an overview of how software articles and the underlying software are being read, cited and re-used. It allows the readers to quickly assess the impact of software and provides the following information:

Software  Information Dashboard

  • Versions: list of all software versions and their publication dates.
  • Downloads: cumulative number of software article downloads (including updates) measured on the ScienceDirect platform.
  • Citations: cumulative number of all software article citations (including updates) provided by the Scopus database.
  • Stars: number of stars indicating an approximate level of interest in the published software. Repository Starring is a GitHub feature for users to bookmark repositories.
  • Forks: number of GitHub repository forks indicating an approximate level of reuse. A fork is a copy of a repository. A project fork happens when developers take a legal copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software.
  • Commits: displays the last year history of the GitHub commit activity data for the published software. A commit, or "revision", is an individual change to a file (or set of files).

The Software Information Dashboard was developed in collaboration with GitHub for journals that publish Original Software Publications.

Articles featuring the dashboard:


Supported Journals

The following journals offer the Software Information Dashboard next to Original Software Publications on ScienceDirect:

Contact Information

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