My work relies on using a software that is quite costly. It is painful to pay for a yearly license considering that I use it only a fraction of the time. Using an open-source software is an alternative, but the best available is not quite as good. So I was thinking of asking the favour of researchers in other institutions who have the license, to run the software. But what kind of favour would be suitable in return? A joint publication is an option, but running a software perhaps is not sufficient to warrant authorship. Also, sometimes the nature of the work precludes too deep involvement of other parties.
Joint publication What favour is suitable in return for running a costly software?
Joint publication in return for running a costly software