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NSF credit/recognition format change--please comment



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    At a meeting last month sponsored by the US National Academies in Washington DC I learned that the NSF (US National Science Foundation, funder of scientific research) as part of the updates to their Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide with an anticipated effective date of January 2013 have revised sections of the biographical sketch information on senior personnel participating in research grant proposals. (see below)

    Especially if your work is ahead of traditional publishing opportunities available (for example Journal of Open Research Computing->BMC Source Code for Biology & Medicine) I invite you to comment further on these changes and how they might improve our field such as making research software better. Thanks.

    What will be deleted in section c of the current guide is
    Deleted: (c) Publications

    A list of: (i) up to five publications most closely
    related to the proposed project; and (ii) up to
    five other significant publications, whether or not
    related to the proposed project. Each
    publication identified must include the names of
    all authors (in the same sequence in which they
    appear in the publication), the article and journal
    title, book title, volume number, page numbers,
    and year of publication. If the document is
    available electronically, the website address
    also should be identified.

    For unpublished manuscripts, list only those
    submitted or accepted for publication (along
    with most likely date of publication). Patents,
    copyrights and software systems developed
    may be substituted for publications. Additional
    lists of publications, invited lectures, etc., must
    not be included.

    This section will be replaced with the following
    (c) Products

    A list of: (i) up to five products most closely related to the proposed project; and (ii) up to five other significant
    products, whether or not related to the proposed project. Acceptable products must be citable and accessible
    including but not limited to publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights. Unacceptable products are
    unpublished documents not yet submitted for publication, invited lectures, and additional lists of products. Only
    the list of 10 will be used in the review of the proposal.
    Each product must include full citation information including (where applicable and practicable) names of all
    authors, date of publication or release, title, title of enclosing work such as journal or book, volume, issue, pages,
    website and Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or other Persistent Identifier.