On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 3:13 PM, Jason Grout <jason-sage@creativetrax.com> wrote:
 On 09/22/2010 08:59 AM, John Hunter wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:45 AM, Bala subramanian
> <bala.biophysics@gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Friends,
>> I have mentioned in my research manuscript that plots were generated by
>> 'matplotlib package'. I dnt find the related reference of mpl. Kindly tell
>> me how can i site mpl.
> You can certainly reference the website, but if you want to refer to a
> published paper, I suggest
> Matplotlib: A 2D Graphics Environment
> Source: Computing in Science and Engineering archive
> Volume 9 ,  Issue 3  (May 2007)
> Pages: 90-95
> Year of Publication: 2007
> ISSN:1521-9615
> Author:John D. Hunter
> Publisher     : IEEE Educational Activities Department  Piscataway, NJ, USA
> and/or the conference abstract at
> http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005ASPC..347...91B

Could this be put up on the website somewhere in a easily-found place?
Maybe a short sentence and link in the bar on the right under "Other
stuff"?  Something like "To cite matplotlib in a paper, use <a
href='link to wiki page with that citation, preferably in several
formats like bibtex'> this reference</a>." or something.




This would help by providing a consistent way of citing matplotlib.  Without this, different authors may reference matplotlib different ways, thereby diluting the impact of the above reference.  Plus, it always annoyed me to try and figure out how to cite things like matplotlib or various data sources.

Ben Root