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SoftwareX aims to acknowledge the impact of software on today's research practice, and on new scientific discoveries in almost all research domains. SoftwareX also aims to stress the importance of the software developers who are, in part, responsible for this impact.

To this end, SoftwareX aims to support publication of research software in such a way that:

  • The software is given a stamp of scientific relevance, and provided with a peer-reviewed recognition of scientific impact;
  • The software developers are given the credits they deserve;
  • The software is citable, allowing traditional metrics of scientific excellence to apply;
  • The academic career paths of software developers are supported rather than hindered;
  • The software is publicly available for inspection, validation, and re-use.


Above all, SoftwareX aims to inform researchers about software applications, tools and libraries with a (proven) potential to impact the process of scientific discovery in various domains. The journal is multidisciplinary and accepts submissions from within and across subject domains such as those represented within the broad thematic areas below:

  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences;
  • Environmental Sciences;
  • Medical and Biological Sciences;
  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.


Editorial Board


Dr. Kate Keahey, PhD
The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Dr. Randall Sobie, PhD
University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Prof. Dr. David Wallom, PhD
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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