Posted By: David Kennedy - Dec 8, 2021
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INCF endorses Five Recommendations for FAIR Software as a Best Practice

The FAIR principles originated in data management. The acronym stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. The FAIR principles have served as a flagship for promoting good data management practices but until recently they were not directly applicable to software.

The Five Recommendations for FAIR Software ( aim to encourage the greater adoption of FAIR principles by providing a set of starting recommendations that researchers can use to improve the quality, reach, and reproducibility of their software. The recommendations were created by the Netherlands eScience Center ( and DANS (, the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data.

The Five Recommendations for FAIR Software were endorsed on November 30, 2021, after a public comment period and review by the INCF SBP committee.

The five recommendations:
#1 Use a publicly accessible repository with version control
#2 Add a license
#3 Register your code in a community registry
#4 Enable citation of software
#5 Use a software quality checklist

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