In a nutshell
The Journal of Open Source Software is a developer friendly, open access journal for research software packages. JOSS is designed to make it as easy as possible to create a software paper for your work. If a piece of software is already well documented, then paper preparation (and submission) should take no more than an hour.
The JOSS paper is deliberately extremely short and only allowed to include:
- A summary describing the high-level functionality and purpose of the software for a diverse, non-specialist audience.
- A clear Statement of Need that illustrates the research purpose of the software.
- A list of key references, including to other software addressing related needs.
- Mention (if applicable) of any past or ongoing research projects using the software and recent scholarly publications enabled by it.
JOSS papers are not permitted to contain novel results.
Our checklist-driven review process is completely open, happens on GitHub, is assisted by our editorial robot Whedon, and is designed to improve the quality of the software being submitted. The JOSS review process is an extension of the practices developed by the rOpenSci project.
Goals and intentions
The primary goal of JOSS is to provide a mechanism for receiving career credit as an author of open source research software through citations to JOSS papers. A secondary (but very important) motivation is to improve the quality of open source research software available.
Functions of the project
What is reviewed
Review of data or code