We accept community contributed packages via our onboarding system - a software review system, sorta like scholarly paper review, but way better. We’ll highlight new packages here that have come through this system. 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 we have a new form you can fill out, and we’ll ping you when there’s a submission that fits in your area of expertise.

There haven’t been any submissions or approved packages since last news - it’s a good time to submit your package! At least ask questions if you’re not sure how it works, or if your package is a good fit.

On the blog

Our own Jeroen Oooms came out with a post on his package mongolite Release mongolite 1.0 - it’s a great interface to the NoSQL database MongoDB. Jeroen has done a great job on mongolite, including thorough documentation.

Onboarding series

We’re doing a series of guest blog posts for packages that have gone through our software review process at ropensci/onboarding.

The 3rd post came out last week, and was by Claudia Vitolo on her package hddtools - Discover hydrological data using the hddtools R package.

2nd: Maëlle Salmon on her package ropenaq - ropenaq, a breath of fresh air/R.

1st: Sean Hughes on his package plater - From a million nested ifelses to the plater package.

We’ll have more posts in this series coming out soon - keep an eye out.

Use Cases

Two papers use/cite rOpenSci packages:

Keep up with rOpenSci news

There are a number of ways to keep up with what rOpenSci is doing:


  1. O’Donnell JL, Kelly RP, Shelton AO, Samhouri JF, Lowell NC, Williams GD. (2017) Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat. PeerJ 5:e3044 

  2. Mohiuddin, M. M., Salama, Y., Schellhorn, H. E., & Golding, G. B. (2017). Shotgun metagenomic sequencing reveals freshwater beach sands as reservoir of bacterial pathogens. Water Research. 

  3. Rai, K., Bhattarai, N. R., Vanaerschot, M., Imamura, H., Gebru, G., Khanal, B., … Van der Auwera, G. (2017). Single locus genotyping to track Leishmania donovani in the Indian subcontinent: Application in Nepal. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11(3), e0005420. 

  4. Oldam, P. (2017). Scientific Literature with rplos; in “The WIPO Manual on Open Source Patent Analytics” 

  5. Oldam, P. (2017). Patent Analytics with Plotly; in “The WIPO Manual on Open Source Patent Analytics” 

  6. Marwick, B. Using R and Related Tools for Reproducible Research in Archaeology. in Kitzes, J., Turek, D., & Deniz, F. (Eds.). (2017). The Practice of Reproducible Research: Case Studies and Lessons from the Data-Intensive Sciences. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.