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ready Citation File Format

Abbreviation: CFF

General Information
The Citation File Format (CFF) is a human-centric, machine-readable format for software citation metadata. It is developed to provide an easy way for RSEs, and other developers of software in academia, to ensure that they can receive credit for their work; likewise, it provides researchers with access to the necessary metadata for references to the software they use in their research. The Citation File Format follows the Software Citation Principles, and is compatible with the CodeMeta JSON-LD exchange format for software metadata.


Countries that developed this resource France , Germany , Lithuania , Netherlands , Norway , United Kingdom

Created in 2017

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How to cite this record CFF; Citation File Format; DOI:; Last edited: July 14, 2021, 11:56 a.m.; Last accessed: Oct 27 2021 2:26 p.m.

This record is maintained by cffteam  and sdruskat

Record added: Sept. 5, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Record updated: July 14, 2021, 11:50 a.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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Applies to: Data use


Citation File Format (CFF) - Specifications

Druskat, Stephan; Chue Hong, Neil; Haines, Robert; Baker, James; Gruenpeter, Morane; Silva, Raniere; Bast, Radovan; Crusoe, Michael R.
Zenodo 2018

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  • EP/N006410/1 (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK)