[R] New Work Based on R

Sarah Goslee @@r@h@go@|ee @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Aug 29 16:16:48 CEST 2019

Hi R folks,

After following this thread, I got curious, and tried to do a Web of
Science search to see how many citations of R there are. It's a
*mess*. Even limiting it to "R Core Team" as first author, there are
so many variations in citation that WoS eventually gave up and told me
that I couldn't add any more.

Google Scholar gives  "Cited by 134011 - All 118 versions."

I think trying to create a repository might also be a mess!

But it's clear from this attempt that it's harder than it should be to
consistently and clearly cite R, even with the handy citation()
function, or there wouldn't be such a mess in WoS.

Perhaps it's time to create a DOI for R itself, to help standardize
the mess. (If there is a DOI, it doesn't show up in citation().)
Versioning would be a slight pain, but according to Zenodo at least,
they maintain a DOI for each version, and a master DOI.

Also, of course, make sure your students and colleagues cite R and the
R packages they use! The authors should be properly credited, and it
makes it possible for interested people to see where and how the
software is used.

And if you want to support R financially, there are worse things to do
than donate to the R Foundation. https://www.r-project.org/foundation/


Sarah Goslee

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