About pyOpenSci

pyOpenSci promotes open and reproducible research through peer-review of scientific Python packages. We also build technical capacity by providing a curated repository of high-quality packages and enabling scientists to write and share their own software. We hope to foster a greater sense of community among scientific Python users so that we can help each other become better programmers and researchers. See our list of Python packages for an idea of the open-source projects that pyOpenSci has assisted.

pyOpenSci is being modeled after the successful rOpenSci community.

Get Involved

There are many different ways to get involved with pyOpenSci.

  1. Join a community meeting: We have monthly video meetings that you are welcome to attend.
  2. Join our community forum. This is an online space for discussion within the pyOpenSci community. Announcements for new meetings will be posted here.
  3. Submit a package to pyOpenSci. We are looking for Python packages that support scientific Python community. Read more about our review process and scope.
  4. Volunteer to be a reviewer for pyOpenSci. We are looking for people who can help review software packages as they are submitted.
  5. Help with technical infrastructure. pyOpenSci has a few pieces of technical infrastructure (like this site) which need maintenance and development.
  6. Spread the word! pyOpenSci is a community-driven project. Tell your friends, recommend that a colleague submit a package, mention us at conferences, spread the word!
  7. Help us build our online presence! We need help spreading the word to the community using social media. Help us by talking about pyopensci at a meeting and / or supporting our social media presence. Do you have graphic skills? We will also need a logo at some point!

Community meetings

Currently, the pyOpenSci team holds community meetings roughly every 2 weeks. These are held remotely, and open to anyone who would like to attend. We discuss ideas for improving the process / technology / community management / etc of the pyOpenSci community, and would value your participation!

The best place to find information about the next community meeting is in the community forum. We post dates / times for new meetings there.

Who’s Involved

See our contributors page for a list of the contributors in the pyOpenSci community.


What’s the difference between pyOpenSci and JOSS?

The Journal of Open Source Software is a community dedicated to improving the visibility and quality of scientific software. They do so by providing a review and publishing process similar to pyOpenSci so that authors of packages can publish their packages with a DOI and citable artifact. JOSS reviews are more limited scope compared to pyOpenSci and the submission criteria are, in places, less stringent than those of pyOpenSci.

pyOpenSci encourages a more hands-on approach in the review process, and focuses more around software best-practices than publishing. We encourage our reviewers to provide more hands-on assistance and give more in-depth feedback than is typically required in JOSS. The goal of pyOpenSci is to ensure that all of its packages meet a minimum level of best practices and standards, and our review processes often take longer in order to help authors reach this bar. pyOpenSci also accepts some packages that JOSS does not such as API wrappers to access data.

pyOpenSci has a close relationship with JOSS, and we see these two communities as complementary of one another. Any package that passes the pyOpenSci review and is within scope for JOSS can be fast-tracked through the JOSS review process (with the exception of a few JOSS-specific tasks you may need to perform). We hope that this encourages authors to submit to both JOSS and pyOpenSci.