About The R JournalThe R Journal is the open access, refereed journal of the R project for statistical computing. It features short to medium length articles covering topics that should be of interest to users or developers of R.
The R Journal intends to reach a wide audience and have a thorough review process. Papers are expected to be reasonably short, clearly written, not too technical, and of course focused on R. Authors of refereed articles should take care to:
- put their contribution in context, in particular discuss related R functions or packages;
- explain the motivation for their contribution;
- provide code examples that are reproducible.
Following revision of the content description of The R Journal, from January 2017 submitted articles may include:
- Reviews and proposals:
- surveying and discussing challenges and opportunities of potential importance for the broader R community, including proposals and proof-of-concept implementations.
- Comparisons and benchmarking:
- of implementations in base-R and contributed packages with each other, and where relevant with implementations in other software systems.
- demonstrating how new or existing techniques can be applied in an area of current interest using R, providing a fresh view of such analyses in R that is of benefit beyond the specific application.
- Add-on packages:
- short introductions to contributed R packages that are already available on CRAN or Bioconductor, and going beyond package vignettes in aiming to provide broader context and to attract a wider readership than package users. Authors need to make a strong case for such introductions, based for example on novelty in implementation and use of R, or the introduction of new data structures representing general architectures that invite re-use.
Continuing from R News, The R Journal also has a news section, including information on:
- Changes in R:
- new features of the latest release.
- Changes on CRAN:
- new add-on packages, manuals, binary distributions, mirrors,...
- Upcoming conferences:
- announcements of conferences related to R.
- Conference reports:
- overviews of past conferences related to R.