Imperial College Research Software Community Newsletter - January 2019

Welcome to the first of our monthly RSE Community Newsletters. If you find this interesting then please forward it to colleagues and collaborators! Feedback is also very welcome: please check the end of this message for contact details and ways in which you can get involved.

In this month’s newsletter:

RSE events

Upcoming events

Past events

Research software news

New releases

January saw updates from (amongst others!):

Research Software of the Month

This month we’re highlighting effmass, Lucy Whalley’s Python package for the calculation of effective mass. This is domain-specific software but I’d recommend taking a look at its recent article in the Journal of Open Source Software. It demonstrates a great way to increase the visibility of your code and improve it in the process: JOSS ask experienced reviewers to assess the extent to which you’ve followed best-practice, and they make suggestions accordingly. See the Lucy’s slides (above) for more information. JOSS are now beginning to make partnerships with larger journals to assist with software reviews, so expect this to become more commonplace in the future.

RSE Bytes




Blog posts

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This edition of the Research Software Community Newsletter was edited by Mark Woodbridge