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Re: Acknowledge in paper

From: Nicholas Jankowski
Subject: Re: Acknowledge in paper
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:28:28 -0500

On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 7:24 AM, Juan Pablo Carbajal <address@hidden> wrote:
On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM, Ismael Diego Nunez-Riboni
<address@hidden> wrote:
> I'm planing to submit soon a paper whose data I analyzed with octave and though that an acknowledgement for the software would be a good idea. Before I do it, I wanted to check that I do not use the wrong terms. How does this sound? :
> "The data has been numerically analyzed and plotted with the free software GNU Octave and Gnuplot".
> Thanks in advance for the feedback. Cheers, Ismael.
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here we collected several publications citing GNU Octave. you can get
examples from there.

I usually use this bibtex (should be in

author = {{Octave community}},
keywords = {Octave,Software},
title = {{GNU/Octave}},
url = "" href="" target="_blank">},
year = {2011}

You can also cite the manual
author = {Eaton, J W},
isbn = {0-9541617-2-6},
publisher = {Network Theory Limited,},
title = {{GNU Octave Manual}},
url = "" href="" target="_blank">},
year = {2002}
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I tend to use the term 'open source' or 'free, open source' rather than just 'free'. Are you stating this in the body text (where something like what you wrote would work) or in an Acknowledgements section at the end where something more like, "This work made extensive use of the open source GNU Octave software which is made freely available by the Octave development community, and the authors are grateful for their support."  or something similarly gushy.

Also, would like to point out that on the publications page pointed out above, ( )  there are a number of documents that were collected for that list and haven't been 'confirmed' because they're behind paywalls. Any of our friends at academic institutions may be able to contribute by retrieving and confirming/refuting a few of those documents. (they're marked on the page)

Nick J.

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