[R] cite publications in the package help file

David L Carlson dcarlson at tamu.edu
Tue Apr 28 23:31:08 CEST 2015

Reproducible examples help. For package MASS do you mean?


Which provides information about the package and a link to the Reference manual:


In that manual data sets and functions contain a Source entry and/or References for that function or data set. For a large package such as MASS with over 150 functions/data sets, it would be unwieldy to put them all on the web page.

David L Carlson
Department of Anthropology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77840-4352

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From: R-help [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of carol white via R-help
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:28 PM
To: Duncan Murdoch; R-help Help
Subject: Re: [R] cite publications in the package help file

the main web page is meant the page when a package is accessed on CRAN. So is it possible on this page that the content of DESCRIPTION is displayed to display the related publications and also put the related publications so that they appear on the help pdf file?

     On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:37 PM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:

 On 28/04/2015 1:00 PM, carol white via R-help wrote:
> To cite related publications, it seems that they can't be mentioned in  DESCRIPTION. Where to mention so that it appears on the 1st page of  the pdf help file and the package main web page? I'm not talking about what is specified in  inst/citation.

The package help file (e.g. foo-package.Rd for package "foo") will be
displayed first in the PDF, and is the first entry linked in the help
page index for the package.

I don't know what page you mean as the "package main web page".

Duncan Murdoch

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