||Practices in Code Discoverability: Astrophysics Source Code Library
||461, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXI
||Allen, A.; Teuben, P.; Nemiroff, R. J.; Shamir, L.
||Here we describe the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL), which
takes an active approach to sharing astrophysics source code. ASCL's
editor seeks out both new and old peer-reviewed papers that describe
methods or experiments that involve the development or use of source
code, and adds entries for the found codes to the library. This
approach ensures that source codes are added without requiring authors
to actively submit them, resulting in a comprehensive listing that
covers a significant number of the astrophysics source codes used in
peer-reviewed studies. The ASCL now has over 340 codes in it and
continues to grow.
In 2011, the
average added 19 codes per month. An advisory committee has been
established to provide input and guide the development and expansion
of the new site, and a marketing plan has been developed and is being
executed. All ASCL source codes have been used to generate results
published in or submitted to a refereed journal and are freely
available either via a download site or from an identified source.
This paper provides the history and description of the ASCL.
It lists the requirements for including codes, examines the advantages
of the ASCL, and outlines some of its future plans.