[Bioc-devel] Can copy right holder and correspondence be two differentindividuals?

Gabe Becker becker.gabe at gene.com
Sat May 20 19:43:03 CEST 2017

Sorry I think I read that too fast. Imo tlif a pesos contributes
 substantially to the design of a package they can be listed in the
authors. I am (non-first) author for a couple of packages for which I
heavily contributed to the design but did not write any code. Note that the
design contributions should generally be at lesst domewhat substantial for
this approach imo.

If that is the case for your supervisor in my opinion she belongs in the
author list. If she manages you but wasn't rrally involved in deciding how
the package should behave or what it shoukd do and didn't do any
implementation then it gets murkier.

Anyway that's how I treat authorship for r packages.

Hope that helps,


On May 20, 2017 10:29 AM, "Gabe Becker" <beckerg4 at gene.com> wrote:

> So r packages don't really have a formal "corresponding author" concept,
> though they do have a number of related concepts that may do what you need:
> Authors/creators/contributors go in the authors (@R) field in the
> description. These are the people who created the package.
> Copyright holder is a formally separate concept. This is the person or
> entity that *owns* the software. This goes in the copyright field in the
> description.
> Maintainer is the person or persons that bug reports, feature requests etc
> should go to. They maintain the software and need not be an author (I
> think), but very often will be. These go into the maintainer field in the
> descrptuon. I think this is closest to what you mean by correspondence but
> I'm not certain.
> Hope that helps,
> ~G
> On May 20, 2017 9:40 AM, "Arman Sh" <sh88.arman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I’m developing a Bioconductor package in which I’m creator and author but
>> someone else is the corresponding autho. Is the following code correct for
>> the R package description file? Is the corresponding author being cited?
>> She is supervising the overall procedure but she is not a programmer.
>> Best regards,
>> Arman
>> Authors at R: c(
>>              person(
>>                given = "A****", family = "S******",
>>                email = "**********@hotmail.com",
>>                role = c("aut", "cre", "cph")
>>              ),
>>              person(
>>                given = "M******", family = "***********",
>>                email = "*************@yahoo.com",
>>                role = c("rcp")
>>              )
>>            )
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