rOpenSci HQ


In a recent blog post, Announcing the rOpenSci Fellowships Program, we discussed the rOpenSci fellowship program, designed to support individual researchers and collaborative efforts to help them do better science, build community around projects or best practices, or develop some tools as part of ongoing research that could impact one or more research domains. Check out the post for more information and to apply!


Stefanie and Karthik wrote a post Introducing our Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Dan Sholler. Dan intends to investigate what drives scientists to engage with or resist open science tools and communities.

Discussion forum

Recently, on our discussion form <> we’ve had a few interesting discussions:


New packages



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.

The following three packages were recently submitted to our onboarding process:

The following five packages recently went through our onboarding process and have been approved:

On the blog

We’ve been very busy on the rOpenSci blog!

Onboarding series

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

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

Use Cases

The following two papers use/cite rOpenSci or rOpenSci software:

Submit news to rOpenSci

Reach out to us with your news suggestions by sending us an email or by contacting us on Twitter @ropensci

Keep up with rOpenSci news

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


  1. Allen, P. E., Barquero, M. D., Bermúdez, E., Calderón, J. C., Hilje, B., Pineda, W., … & Chacón-Madrigal, E. (2017). Calling for more accurate information in aquarium trade: analysis of live-fish import permits in Costa Rica. Chicago 

  2. Alfsnes, K., Leinaas, H. P., & Hessen, D. O. (2017). Genome size in arthropods; different roles of phylogeny, habitat and life history in insects and crustaceans. Ecology and Evolution. 

  3. Lahti, L., da Silva, F., Laine, M., Lähteenoja, V., & Tolonen, M. (2017). Alchemy & algorithms: perspectives on the philosophy and history of open science. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, e13593. 

  4. Araújo, T., & Fontainha, E. (2017). Big Missing Data: are scientific memes inherited differently from gendered authorship?. arXiv preprint 

  5. Pedersen, E. J., Thompson, P. L., Ball, R. A., Fortin, M.-J., Gouhier, T. C., Link, H., … Pepin, P. (2017). Signatures of the collapse and incipient recovery of an overexploited marine ecosystem. Royal Society Open Science, 4(7), 170215. 

  6. Mulder, C. (2017). Pathogenic helminths in the past: Much ado about nothing. F1000Research, 6, 852. 

  7. Ram, K., Ross, N., & Chamberlain, S. 2017. Lightning talk: A model for peer review and onboarding research software. 4th Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE4). 

  8. Smith, A. M., Niemeyer, K. E., Katz, D. S., Barba, L. A., Githinji, G., Gymrek, M., … & Prins, P. (2017). Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS): design and first-year review. arXiv preprint. 

  9. Lou Woodley. (2017, July 17). Considering Community: What types of community are there? (Part one, science edition). [Blog post]. Retrieved from