Christopher J. Duffy, Cedric David, Scott Peckham, Karan Venayagamoorthy, Yolanda Gil
In the near future, scientists will routinely use new tools to develop research papers that will document all the associated digital objects (data, software, workflows, etc.). This will make science more open, promote fair credit of scientific contributions, and facilitate reproducibility. This special issue includes exemplars of a “Geoscience Paper of the Future” across many areas of geosciences. This means that they include: 1) Documentation of datasets, including descriptions, unique identifiers, and availability in public repositories; 2) Documentation of software, including pre-processing of data and visualization steps, described with metadata and with unique identifiers and pointers to public code repositories; 3) Documentation of the provenance and workflow for each figure or result.