The R Journal: article published in 2012, volume 4:2

The State of Naming Conventions in R PDF download
Rasmus Bååth , The R Journal (2012) 4:2, pages 74-75.

Abstract Most programming language communities have naming conventions that are generally agreed upon, that is, a set of rules that governs how functions and variables are named. This is not the case with R, and a review of unofficial style guides and naming convention usage on CRAN shows that a number of different naming conventions are currently in use. Some naming conventions are, however, more popular than others and as a newcomer to the R community or as a developer of a new package this could be useful to consider when choosing what naming convention to adopt.

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  author = {Rasmus Bååth},
  title = {{The State of Naming Conventions in R}},
  year = {2012},
  journal = {{The R Journal}},
  doi = {10.32614/RJ-2012-018},
  url = {} ,
  pages = {74--75},
  volume = {4},
  number = {2}