What is the best way to cite QGIS in a formal publication? I mean, what text should be included in the References / Literature Cited section of a paper or report.

I'm also specifically referring to the software itself, rather than the user's manual. I've looked in the user's manual and in Help->About, but I can't find an answer.

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Start here: https://qgis.org/en/site/getinvolved/faq/index.html#how-to-cite-qgis

Q: How to cite QGIS?

A: To cite QGIS software in your piece of work, for work or an assignment, this general citation might be helpful: "QGIS Development Team (YEAR). QGIS Geographic Information System. Open Source Geospatial Foundation Project. http://qgis.osgeo.org".

  • Thanks for the quick answer. Forgot to look there. Maybe this info should be in the next version of the user's manual, if there are any of the great and good of QGIS reading this? – blackthorn Apr 17 '12 at 13:47
  • I was surprised it wasn't in the tips that popup when QGIS loads. I knew I saw it somewhere before and tabbed through all the tips before I checked the FAQ. – elrobis Apr 17 '12 at 21:33

from https://hub.qgis.org/wiki/quantum-gis/QGIS_Citation_Repository

bibtex:

  @Manual{QGIS_software,
    title = {QGIS Geographic Information System},
    author = {{QGIS Development Team}},
    organization = {Open Source Geospatial Foundation},
    year = {2009},
    url = {http://qgis.osgeo.org},
  }

which gives

QGIS Development Team, 2009. QGIS Geographic Information System. Open Source Geospatial Foundation. URL http://qgis.osgeo.org

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