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To help you identify key resources this page highlights those relevant to each of the ReSA themes: people, policy and infrastructure. These resources are mostly international recommendations, reports and guidelines that emphasise best practice.



  • FAIR4RS WG subgroup community review June 2021 via RDA

  • FAIR4RS WG subgroup community consultation March 2021

  • Evidence for the importance of research software. This analysis considers papers relating to meta-research, policy, community, education and training, research breakthroughs and specific software. Produced by The Research Software Alliance (ReSA) Taskforce for the importance of research software (2020)

  • RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations (2020). The unprecedented spread of the virus has prompted a rapid and massive research response with a diversity of outputs that pose a challenge to interoperability. To make the most of global efforts these guidelines are shared

  • Inform approaches for ensuring broad Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research (2020)

  • Charting the digital transformation of science: Findings from the 2018 OECD International Survey of Scientific Authors (ISSA2). The paper explores the potential impacts of digitalisation based on a combination of different indicators on research impact. The transformation is uneven across fields and sectors, and is influenced by factors such as norms, experience, skills and data availability.

  • The top 100 papers. (2014) Nature explores the most-cited research of all time. The vast majority describe experimental methods or software that have become essential in their fields.

  • The Ecosystem of Technologies for Social Science Research 2020. Using software tools in the research process is of critical importance to a majority of social science researchers.

  • Six Recommendations for implementation of FAIR practice by the FAIR in practice task force of the European open science cloud FAIR working group 2020. A separate section details FAIR practice for digital objects other than research data


  • Nine Best Practices for Research Software Registries and Repositories: A Concise Guide (2020) arXiv 2012.13117. Scientific software registries and repositories serve various roles in their respective disciplines. These resources improve software discoverability and research transparency, thereby supporting research reproducibility and replicability.

  • [Scholarly infrastructures for research software (SIRS): Report from the EOSC Executive Board Working Group (WG) Architecture Task Force (TF) 2020. It has become essential to archive, preserve and share research software to ensure its persistence and availability.

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