[Bioc-devel] need some advice for author listing on DESCRIPTION page

Michael Lawrence lawrence.michael at gene.com
Thu Mar 31 16:51:58 CEST 2016

R is not going to be able to support all possible qualifications of
authorship. If they are authors (i.e., they should be cited), then
list them as "aut" and either rely on people's assumptions about the
order of the authors and/or document the specific contributions in the
package-level man page.

On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 7:36 AM, Krithika Bhuvaneshwar
<kb472 at georgetown.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> We are working on fine tuning how the citation should look in our
> DESCRIPTION of our pre-accepted package.
> We would like our R citation to appear like this:
> Author1, Author2, Author3, Author4, Author5, Author6 and Author7
> (2016), PackageName. R package version 0.99.9.
> Just like how we write a paper, Author1 and Author7 did most of the
> work and came up with the concept respt. Middle authors have a less
> significant role, but still had a contribution to the package.
> So we would like to mark Author1 as "aut" and Author7 as
> c("aut","cre"), and perhaps list of the authors as "ctb". But as per
> this page: https://stat.ethz.ch/R-manual/R-devel/library/utils/html/person.html,
> listing a person as "ctb" means he/she will NOT show up in package
> citation.
> Question - is there a way to mark a person as "ctb", AND have the
> person show up in package citation ?
> Or do I have no choice but to mark all authors as "aut" ?
> Any advice appreciated.
> Thanks
> Krithika
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