The R Journal: article published in 2018, volume 10:1

Simple Features for R: Standardized Support for Spatial Vector Data PDF download
Edzer Pebesma , The R Journal (2018) 10:1, pages 439-446.

Abstract Simple features are a standardized way of encoding spatial vector data (points, lines, polygons) in computers. The sf package implements simple features in R, and has roughly the same capacity for spatial vector data as packages sp, rgeos, and rgdal. We describe the need for this package, its place in the R package ecosystem, and its potential to connect R to other computer systems. We illustrate this with examples of its use.

Received: 2017-11-05; online 2018-05-16, supplementary material, (775 B)
CRAN packages: sf, sp, rgdal, rgeos, tidyverse, dplyr, ggplot2, lwgeom, geosphere, s2, raster, Rcpp
CRAN Task Views implied by cited CRAN packages: Spatial, SpatioTemporal, Graphics, HighPerformanceComputing, ModelDeployment, NumericalMathematics, Phylogenetics

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  author = {Edzer Pebesma},
  title = {{Simple Features for R: Standardized Support for Spatial
          Vector Data}},
  year = {2018},
  journal = {{The R Journal}},
  doi = {10.32614/RJ-2018-009},
  url = {},
  pages = {439--446},
  volume = {10},
  number = {1}