I’m running into a hitch putting the finishing touches on a paper that’s been accepted by Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The journal requires that data, etc. be available in some repository that they deem acceptable, and since mine is a software paper I stupidly assumed that Github would meet their criteria. It doesn’t, so I made a tar archive of the current version I have on GitHub, put it up on Dryad (their preferred repo), and figured THAT would be ok.
Still no good, and now it starts to get complicated. Dryad can’t deal with GPL. They require that software be covered by a Creative Commons (CC0) license. Since my software is already on both GitHub and its own website, and has been distributed under GPL up to this point, I don’t know whether it makes sense to change the licence I use now, or whether I can just distribute the version on Dryad under CC0, but keep using GPL elsewhere.
Dryad also has an option to link to materials on GitHub as well, which sounds like a better option, but I contacted the journal to ask about it, and they said probably not, and that this was all highly unusual, they’d never encountered this problem before.
Has anyone else run into anything like this before? Is ecology software usually not GPL?