What citations do I need when publishing software?


I know that I have to cite the packages I used.
But for example, the bootstrap.css file that I downloaded for my shiny app. Is it something I should cite? How?

I am new in this
Thank you in advance

hi :wave: (moved it to the Questions category)

You should probably cite bootstrap, yes. I would imagine you may just want to link to it and give it’s license. But any other thoughts on this @cboettig ?

Yeah, citing any software on which your software has a dependency or is packaged along with it (as in the case of the bootstrap css here) is would be best practice.

You can find a much more detailed answer to this and related questions in the recent paper from the “Software Citation Principles” working group: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj-cs.86

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Thank you both,
the publication is really interesting