Which journals publish software?

So, lately I’ve been trying to figure out where software can be published.  The difficulty with writing software is that it’s an implementation of a novel idea and so therefore the software itself is not ‘novel’.  But as anyone who’s written any software knows, it often takes far more blood, sweat and tears to implement a brilliant idea and make it work than to just have the idea.  However, most scientific journals seem to value the brilliant ideas over the implementation and debugging of them.

ok, so I started looking around a little bit.  SpringerPlus and PloS ONE seem to have areas for software submissions.  I also came across this great post by Neil Chue Hong (and I’ve included his list below):

Where can I publish papers which are primarily focused on my scientific software?

The following is a list of journals which accept submissions that are primarily about the software, and not necessarily on new algorithms or new science. There is an expectation that the use of the software will enable new research to be carried out. This list of journals is not exhaustive – if you know of others, please let them know.

General Journals


Humanities and Social Sciences

Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics

Life Sciences

Physical Sciences and Geosciences

Reproduced without permission from Neil Chue Hong’s post.


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