I have found code provided on GitHub under an MIT license. I have modified the code to be useful for my application. In order to give proper credit to the original author/developer, how can I provide the citation in a technical paper?

  • If you’re at a university, it’d be best to ask your professor/research advisor.
    – RubberDuck
    Dec 8, 2018 at 18:20
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    The license imposes no special requirements regarding citations. Unless the authors have given any preferred form of citation, just cite the website (e.g. the GitHub page) of the software.
    – amon
    Dec 8, 2018 at 18:49

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Zenodo could be your best bet. You can create a citation with DOI using Zenodo.

Some people prefer to cite a software using misc tag in bibtex.

@Misc{Software_abc2018, title = {{Software/Tool name}}, howpublished = {\url{http://www.software_url.com/}}, year = {2018}, note = {[Online; accessed 8-Dec-2018]}, key = {software_abc}, }

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