rOpenSci Packages: Development, Maintenance, and Peer Review

Guide for package authors, maintainers, reviewers and editors in rOpenSci software peer-review system. This book is a guide for authors, maintainers, reviewers and editors of rOpenSci. The first section of the book contains our guidelines for creating and testing R packages. The second section is dedicated to rOpenSci’s software peer review process: what it is, our policies, and specific guides for authors, editors and reviewers throughout the process. The third and last section features our best practice for nurturing your package once it has been onboarded: how to collaborate with other developers, how to document releases, how to promote your package and how to leverage GitHub as a development platform. The third section also features a chapter for anyone wishing to start contributing to rOpenSci packages.


rOpenSci software review editorial team (current and alumni): Brooke Anderson, Scott Chamberlain, Laura DeCicco, Julia Gustavsen, Jeff Hollister, Anna Krystalli, Mauro Lepore, Lincoln Mullen, Mark Padgham, Karthik Ram, Emily Riederer, Noam Ross, Maëlle Salmon, Adam Sparks, Melina Vidoni

rOpenSci Dev Guide


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  author       = {rOpenSci and
                  Anderson, Brooke and
                  Chamberlain, Scott and
                  DeCicco, Laura and
                  Gustavsen, Julia and
                  Krystalli, Anna and
                  Lepore, Mauro and
                  Mullen, Lincoln and
                  Ram, Karthik and
                  Ross, Noam and
                  Salmon, Maëlle and
                  Vidoni, Melina and
                  Riederer, Emily and
                  Sparks, Adam and
                  Hollister, Jeff},
  title        = {{rOpenSci Packages: Development, Maintenance, and 
                   Peer Review}},
  month        = mar,
  year         = 2024,
  publisher    = {Zenodo},
  version      = {0.9.0},
  doi          = {10.5281/zenodo.10797633},
  url          = {}

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