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How to write a PeerJ Computer Science Paper?
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I'm very intrigued by PeerJ CS and have a simulation tool ready to go. Since PeerJCS is brand new, there aren't many examples to follow as to how to write a good CS paper. CS is a broad field, and there are certainly many effective writing styles for a good paper. The writing style for introducing a new algorithms vs. introducing a new software program for a specialized task would vary tremendously. Therefore, what are there strict guidelines/expectations on authors, or do we have a lot of wiggle-room in this regard? Additionally, since we'd like to propose a new simulation tool for biophysics, how much paper can provide context/background from the specialized field? What is the ratio of science to software, so to speak?

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Thanks Adam - our current journal instructions for PeerJ Computer Science are here, however they will evolve over time of course.

As with the current 'bio' journal, we appreciate that when you are trying to cover a very wide field you cant be proscriptive as to how to write the article (not without having a large number of caveats). So yes, there is plenty of wiggle room, and the assigned Academic Editor and reviewers would presumably comment if your chosen format isn't in keeping with the norms of that field.

Again, for the ratio of science to software - that is going to be a judgment call based on the content and the field, however we have no length restrictions, and moreover we do require articles to be 'self contained' (in that they need to provide the complete story). Also, remember that this is a journal covering the whole field, so some perspective and background for non-specialists is obviously going to be helpful.

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