Discussion forum

Recently, this new conversation was started on our discussion forum https://discuss.ropensci.org:


New packages


Software Review

We accept community contributed packages via our onboarding 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.

The following three packages recently went through our onboarding process and have been approved!

On the blog

We’ve had two blog posts on our main blog in the past two weeks:

.rprofile series

Our first post in a series we’re calling .rprofile: .rprofile: David Smith by Kelly O’Briant.

Keep an eye out for more posts in this series.

Onboarding series

In another post in our onboarding series, Mark Padgham discusses his package bikedata and the review process: Data from Public Bicycle Hire Systems

Use cases

The following seven works use/cite rOpenSci or rOpenSci software:

If you’ve used rOpenSci software in a blog post or a paper, tell us on the discussion forum and we’ll share it with our community here.

In the news

Evan Goldstein wrote a blog post Data Collection: getting Altmetric.com data for GRL articles referencing our R client rAltmetric for Altmetric.com for scholarly altmetrics data.

Daniel Padfield wrote a blog post Doing local BLAST searches on sanger sequence data in R that used taxize.

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Keep up with rOpenSci


  1. Tedesco, P. A., Beauchard, O., Bigorne, R., Blanchet, S., Buisson, L., Conti, L., … Oberdorff, T. (2017). A global database on freshwater fish species occurrence in drainage basins. Scientific Data, 4, 170141. https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2017.141 

  2. H Sparks, A., Padgham, M., Parsonage, H., & Pembleton, K. (2017). bomrang: Fetch Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Data in R. The Journal of Open Source Software, 2(17). https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.00411 

  3. Pellizzari, E., Lohr, K., Blatecky, A., & Creel, D. (2017). Reproducibility: A primer on semantics and implications for research. (RTI Press Publication No. BK-0020-1708). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. https://doi.org/10.3768/rtipress.2017.bk.0020.1708 

  4. Branoff, B. L. (2017). Quantifying the influence of urban land use on mangrove biology and ecology: A meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12638 

  5. May, J. (2017). A new bioinformatics pipeline to reveal the correlates of molecular evolutionary rates in ray-finned fishes (Doctoral dissertation). https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10214/11918/May_Jacqueline_201710_Msc.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y 

  6. Dallas, T., Decker, R. R., & Hastings, A. (2017). Species are not most abundant in the centre of their geographic range or climatic niche. Ecology Letters. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12860 

  7. Mayer, K., Haeuser, E., Dawson, W., Essl, F., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., … van Kleunen, M. (2017). Naturalization of ornamental plant species in public green spaces and private gardens. Biological Invasions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-017-1594-y