[Python-Dev] Official citation for Python

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sun Sep 9 23:32:21 EDT 2018

On 9/9/2018 3:43 PM, Jacqueline Kazil wrote:
> <http:///>The PSF has received a few inquiries asking the question — 
> “How do I cite Python?”So, I am reaching out to you all to figure this out.
> (For those that don’t know my background, I have been in academia for a 
> bit as a Ph.D student and have worked at the Library of Congress writing 
> code to process Marc records <https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/>, 
> among other things.)
> IMHO the citation for Python should be decided upon by the Python 
> developers and should live somewhere on the site.
> Two questions to be answered…
>  1. What format should it take?

There are by now formats for citing web documents.  I presume style 
guides now include such.  Try a current version of the Chicago Manual of 
Style.  (not sure of exact title).  I will ask a university professor 
who should know more than I.

>  2. Where does it live on the site?

On https://bugs.python.org/issue26597, I suggested the Copyright page. 
I now think a link to 'Citing these Documents' on https://docs.python.org/3/
would be even better.

Terry Jan Reedy

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