[R] R citation for the 2012

R. Michael Weylandt michael.weylandt at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 21:26:14 CET 2012

I'm not sure what the "official description" of R is beyond that given
in citation(), but the R FAQ gives this: "[R] consists of a language
plus a run-time environment." Part of R's personality, as far as I can
tell, comes from the fact it straddles the general purpose
language/domain specific language/application/platform divide without
coming down hard on any particular side (though history suggests it's
gotten much more "language"-y than the early versions of S).

As far as what to put in an article, it's probably sensitive to the
domain of the publication: in something like JSS, it would be silly to
explain what R is, while it might be worth being more specific in
non-stats journals. Given how people tend to use the terminology, I'd
probably use "statistical programming language" if I were talking to
non-computer scientists and the quoted phrase above in an audience
where "programming language" might be more strictly defined.

R-Core might want to say more as to their preferences, but I'd imagine
if you have the citation() around, that's going to be acceptable to
99% of journal editors.

Hope this helps,

On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM, gianni lavaredo
<gianni.lavaredo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry
> I don't know the citation inside the report is corret
> The Analysis was done using a script written in the statistical computing
> environment of R (R Development Core Team, 2011)
> is It correct the form "statistical computing environment" ?
> Gianni
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM, Sarah Goslee <sarah.goslee at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Typing
>> citation()
>> at an R prompt will provide you with complete citation information for
>> the version of
>> R you are using. Same goes for packages, with citation("pkgname").
>> Sarah
>> On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM, gianni lavaredo
>> <gianni.lavaredo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Dear Reasearchers,
>> >
>> > I am writing a report and i need (and wish) cite R. somebody know the
>> > citation of R for the 2012? or the more actual?
>> >
>> > thanks in advance
>> > Gianni
>> >
>> --
>> Sarah Goslee
>> http://www.functionaldiversity.org
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