Introduce the scientific background and the motivation for developing the software.
Explain why the software is important, and describe the exact (scientific) problem(s) it solves.
Indicate in what way the software has contributed (or how it will contribute in the future) to the process of scientific discovery; if available, this is to be supported by citing a research paper using the software.
Provide a description of the experimental setting (how does the user use the software?).
Introduce related work in literature (cite or list algorithms used, other software etc.).
Describe the software in as much as is necessary to establish a vocabulary needed to explain its impact.
Give a short overview of the overall software architecture; provide a pictorial component overview or similar (if possible). If necessary provide implementation details.
Present the major functionalities of the software.
Provide at least one illustrative example to demonstrate the major functions.
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Indicate in what way new research questions can be pursued as a result of the software (if any).
Indicate in what way, and to what extent, the pursuit of existing research questions is improved (if so).
Indicate in what way the software has changed the daily practice of its users (if so).
Indicate how widespread the use of the software is within and outside the intended user group.
Indicate in what way the software is used in commercial settings and/or how it led to the creation of spin-off companies (if so).
Set out the conclusion of this original software publication.