rOpenSci HQ

Our own community manager Stefanie Butland, and one of our software review editors Brooke Anderson, are remotely speaking at an R-Ladies East Lansing meetup on Thursday, October 22nd: rOpenSci - open tools for open science. If you’d like to attend, see “Who could join?” on the R-Ladies East Lansing page.

Software 📦

CRAN: GitHub:

New Packages

New Versions

  • A new version (v3.3.0) of rgbif is on CRAN - interface to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility API. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the occurrence manual to get started.
  • A new version (v0.3.0) of pubchunks is on CRAN - Fetch Sections of XML Scholarly Articles. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the README to get started.
  • A new version (v0.7.2) of stplanr is on CRAN - sustainable transport planning. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.7.13) of robotstxt is on CRAN - robots.txt parser and Webbot/Spider/Crawler permissions checker. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v2.0.2) of MODIStsp is on CRAN - Automate Download and Preprocessing of MODIS Land Products Data. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.4.0) of weathercan is on CRAN - Download weather data from the Environment and Climate Change Canada website. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v3.2-3) of clifro is on CRAN - easily download and visualise climate data from CliFlo. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.1.5) of virtuoso is on CRAN - interface to Virtuoso using ODBC. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

Software Review ✔

We accept community contributed packages via our software review system - an open software review system, sorta like scholarly paper review, but way better. We’ll highlight newly onboarded packages here. A huge thanks to our reviewers, who do a lot of work reviewing (see the blog post on our review system), and the authors of the packages!

If you want to be a reviewer fill out this short form, and we’ll ping you when there’s a submission that fits in your area of expertise.

No new submissions or approved submissions.


The following 19 works use/cite rOpenSci software:

From the Forum

We have a discussion forum (using Discourse) for the rOpenSci community. It’s a really nice way to have conversations on the internet. From time to time we’ll highlight recent discussions of interest.

A new use case was shared in the forum over the past two weeks since our last newsletter:

Call For Maintainers

Part of the mission of rOpenSci is making sustainable software that users can rely on. Some software maintainers need to give up maintenance due to a variety of circumstances. When that happens we try to find new maintainers. Check out our guidance for taking over maintenance of a package.

We’ve had eight recent examples of maintainer transitions within rOpenSci:

Get involved with rOpenSci

We maintain a Contributing Guide that can help direct you to the right place, whether you want to make code contributions, non-code contributions, or other things like sharing use cases.

Keep up with rOpenSci


  1. Li, D., Olden, J. D., Lockwood, J. L., Record, S., McKinney, M. L., & Baiser, B. (2020). Changes in taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity in the Anthropocene. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1929), 20200777. 

  2. James, S., Pagliari, S., & Young, K. L. (2020). The internationalization of European financial networks: a quantitative text analysis of EU consultation responses. Review of International Political Economy, 1–28. 

  3. Drost, H.-G. (2020). LTRpred: de novo annotation of intact retrotransposons. Journal of Open Source Software, 5(50), 2170. 

  4. Granados, J. E., Ros-Candeira, A., Pérez-Luque, A. J., Moreno-Llorca, R., Cano-Manuel, F. J., Fandos, P., … Zamora, R. (2020). Long-term monitoring of the Iberian ibex population in the Sierra Nevada of the southeast Iberian Peninsula. Scientific Data, 7(1). 

  5. Brazeau, N. (2020). The Molecular, Spatial, and Genetic Epidemiology of Malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

  6. Pacifico, R., Almeda, F., Frota, A., & Fidanza, K. (2020). Areas of endemism on Brazilian mountaintops revealed by taxonomically verified records of Microlicieae (Melastomataceae). Phytotaxa, 450(2), 119–148. 

  7. Hanes, C., Wotton, M., Woolford, D. G., Martell, D. L., & Flannigan, M. (2020). Preceding Fall Drought Conditions and Overwinter Precipitation Effects on Spring Wildland Fire Activity in Canada. Fire, 3(2), 24. 

  8. Burda, P.-C., Crosskey, T., Lauk, K., Zurborg, A., Söhnchen, C., Liffner, B., … Gilberger, T.-W. (2020). Structure-Based Identification and Functional Characterization of a Lipocalin in the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Cell Reports, 31(12), 107817. 

  9. Corput, D. V. D. (2020). Locked in Syndrome Machine Learning Classification using Sentence Comprehension EEG Data. arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.12336 

  10. Stephens, M. (2020). A geospatial infodemic: Mapping Twitter conspiracy theories of COVID-19. Dialogues in Human Geography, 10(2), 276–281. 

  11. Green, J., Edgerton, J., Naftel, D., Shoub, K., & Cranmer, S. J. (2020). Elusive consensus: Polarization in elite communication on the COVID-19 pandemic. Science Advances, 6(28), eabc2717. 

  12. Jayawardhana, W. G. N. N., & Chathurange, V. M. I. (2020). Investigate the sensitivity of the satellite-based agricultural drought indices to monitor the drought condition of paddy and introduction to enhanced multi-temporal agricultural drought indices. J Remote Sens GIS, 9, 271. 

  13. Da Silva, R. G., Ribeiro, M. H. D. M., Mariani, V. C., & Coelho, L. dos S. (2020). Forecasting Brazilian and American COVID-19 cases based on artificial intelligence coupled with climatic exogenous variables. Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 139, 110027. 

  14. Sacchi, R., Cancian, S., Ghia, D., Fea, G., & Coladonato, A. (2020). Colour variation in signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus. Current Zoology. 

  15. Charalampopoulos, I. (2020). The R Language as a Tool for Biometeorological Research. Atmosphere, 11(7), 682. 

  16. Oh, S., Yeom, J., Cho, H. J., Kim, J.-H., Yoon, S.-J., Kim, H., … Kim, H. S. (2020). Integrated pharmaco-proteogenomics defines two subgroups in isocitrate dehydrogenase wild-type glioblastoma with prognostic and therapeutic opportunities. Nature Communications, 11(1). 

  17. Sun, M., Folk, R. A., Gitzendanner, M. A., Soltis, P. S., Chen, Z., Soltis, D. E., & Guralnick, R. P. (2020). Recent accelerated diversification in rosids occurred outside the tropics. Nature Communications, 11(1). 

  18. Griffiths, D. (2020). Foraging habitat determines predator–prey size relationships in marine fishes. Journal of Fish Biology. 

  19. Kurose, D., Pollard, K. M., & Ellison, C. A. (2020). Chloroplast DNA analysis of the invasive weed, Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), in the British Isles. Scientific Reports, 10(1).