How to cite MATLAB in research papers

January 14th, 2013 | Categories: matlab, Scientific Software | Tags:

In a recent article, Citing software in research papers, I discussed how to cite various software packages.  One of the commentators suggested that I should contact The Mathworks if I wanted to know how to cite MATLAB.  I did this and asked for permission to blog the result.  This is what they suggested:

To cite MATLAB (and in this case a toolbox) you can use this:

MATLAB and Statistics Toolbox Release 2012b, The MathWorks, Inc., Natick, Massachusetts, United States.

This is the format prescribed by both the Chicago Manual of Style and the Microsoft Manual of Style. If you use a different style guide, you may apply a different format, but should observe the capitalization shown above, and include the appropriate release number. If the MathWorks release number (in the format YYYYa or YYYYb) is not readily available, you can use the point release numbers for the software, as in:

MATLAB 8.0 and Statistics Toolbox 8.1, The MathWorks, Inc., Natick, Massachusetts, United States.

Thanks to The Mathworks for allowing me to reproduce this communication here at WalkingRandomly.

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