Community Code of Conduct

The PlasmaPy community strives to follow the best practices in open source software development. New contributors are encouraged to join the team and contribute to the codebase. We anticipate/encourage a global participation from people with diverse backgrounds, skills, interests, and opinions. We believe that such diversity is critical in ensuring a growth of ideas in our community.

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language

  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences

  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism

  • Focusing on what is best for the community

  • Showing empathy towards other community members

We as a community pledge to abide by the following guidelines:

  • We pledge to treat all people with respect and provide a harassment- and bullying-free environment, regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and level of experience. In particular, sexual language and imagery, sexist, racist, or otherwise exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

  • We pledge to respect the work of others by recognizing acknowledgment/citation requests of original authors. As authors, we pledge to be explicit about how we want our own work to be cited or acknowledged.

  • We pledge to welcome those interested in joining the community, and realize that including people with a variety of opinions and backgrounds will only serve to enrich our community. In particular, discussions relating to pros/cons of various technologies, programming languages, and so on are welcome, but these should be done with respect, taking proactive measure to ensure that all participants are heard and feel confident that they can freely express their opinions.

  • We pledge to welcome questions and answer them respectfully, paying particular attention to those new to the community. We pledge to provide respectful criticisms and feedback in forums, especially in discussion threads resulting from code contributions.

  • We pledge to be conscientious of the perceptions of the wider community and to respond to criticism respectfully. We will strive to model behaviors that encourage productive debate and disagreement, both within our community and where we are criticized. We will treat those outside our community with the same respect as people within our community.

  • We pledge to work from the very beginning of this project to make PlasmaPy accessible to people with disabilities.

  • We pledge to help the entire community follow these guidelines, and to not remain silent when we see violations of them. We will take action when members of our community violate these guidelines. Members of the PlasmaPy community may contact any member of the Coordinating Committee to report violations. Members of the Coordinating Committee will treat these reports in the strictest confidence. The Coordinating Committee will develop formal procedures for how to handle reported violations.

Our Responsibilities

Project maintainers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

Project maintainers have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting Nick Murphy at or any member of the Coordinating Committee. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Project team members should recuse themselves from enforcement of the code of conduct for a given incident if they have an actual or apparent conflict of interest. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership.


Parts of these guidelines have been adapted from the Contributor Covenant (version 1.4), the Astropy Community Code of Conduct, and the Python Software Foundation code of conduct.