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

Martin Morgan martin.morgan at roswellpark.org
Sat May 20 20:03:31 CEST 2017

On 05/20/2017 01:29 PM, Gabe Becker 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:

The 'Maintainer' is the person the Bioconductor core team will actually 
correspond with; it is not an honorific title but rather a practical 
one. Your non-programming supervisor would be a poor choice for this 
role. Of course they can still be an author, as they have most likely 
contributed ideas or other resources that have shaped the software.

One thing about authors is that they gain both responsibility for the 
software (they implicitly accept responsibility for the soundness of the 
software) and control over the software (e.g., so strongly disagreeing 
with the direction the software develops that they request that it be 


> 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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