[Rd] Citation for R

Friedrich.Leisch@tuwien.ac.at Friedrich.Leisch at tuwien.ac.at
Tue Jun 14 09:22:34 CEST 2005

>>>>> On Tue, 14 Jun 2005 08:42:59 +1000 (EST),
>>>>> Gordon K Smyth (GKS) wrote:

  > On Tue, June 14, 2005 12:49 am, Thomas Lumley said:
  >> On Mon, 13 Jun 2005, Gordon K Smyth wrote:
  >>> This is just a note that R would get a lot more citations if the
  >>> recommended citation was an article in a recognised journal or from a
  >>> recognised publisher.
  >> This is unfortunately true, but R is *not* an article or a book, it is a
  >> piece of software.  I don't think I'm the only person who thinks it is
  >> counterproductive in the long run to encourage users to cite an article
  >> that they probably haven't read instead of citing the software they
  >> actually used.
  >> Jan's suggestion of the Journal of Statistical Software might provide a
  >> solution, since JSS *does* publish software.
  >> -thomas

  > In the biology world, it is common to publish an article
  > announcing a software project, and to cite that.  The referees of
  > the article are expected to try out and comment on the software.
  > This gives the authors credit, and ensures that both the article
  > and the software have been peer refereed, at least to a limited
  > extent.

How do you cite books in this world, or to but the question in another
way: How do you make sure a book is peer-reviewd? After all it is
quite easy to become a "publisher" and publish ones own books. Many
university departments I know are registered ISBN publishers
(including our department).  Must be hard to distinguish "real" books
from others, I guess.


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