[Bioc-devel] Accessing package citation info programmatically without running R?

Ryan Thompson rct at thompsonclan.org
Tue Apr 17 18:44:20 CEST 2018

There's a nice online tool called CiteAs which tries to figure out the
proper citation for a given URL. I've recently helped the author to add
support for extracting the DOI from Bioconductor package information pages:

This is a good start, but is suboptimal, since some many packages have
actual published articles which should be used as the canonical citation
instead of the package's URL. However, I'm not sure how to get this
citation information in a structured format short of running R and
installing the package, which isn't really an option for a web service like
this, which wants to return a result quickly. Does anyone know a good way
to access this info?


Ryan Thompson

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