[Rd] authorship and citation

Thierry Onkelinx thierry.onkelinx at inbo.be
Tue Oct 6 22:46:34 CEST 2015

Dear Adrian,

Have a look at the DESCRIPTION of the RODBC package. One of the authors was
contributing from 1999 to 2002. I have the feeling that your situation is

Best regards,

ir. Thierry Onkelinx
Instituut voor natuur- en bosonderzoek / Research Institute for Nature and
team Biometrie & Kwaliteitszorg / team Biometrics & Quality Assurance
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2015-10-06 18:55 GMT+02:00 Adrian Dușa <dusa.adrian at unibuc.ro>:

> On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 3:06 AM, Simon Urbanek <simon.urbanek at r-project.org
> >
> wrote:
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > To clarify, legally, you can fork a standard GPL package and make any
> > changes you want, including changing authors fields etc. If you don't own
> > copyright for the entire work then you cannot change the license without
> > consent from the other copyright holders, otherwise you have all the
> rights
> > as anyone else granted by the license.
> >
> > However, CRAN policies go beyond that and say
> >
> > "Where code is copied (or derived) from the work of others (including
> from
> > R itself), care must be taken that any copyright/license statements are
> > preserved and authorship is not misrepresented.
> > Preferably, an ‘Authors at R’ would be used with ‘ctb’ roles for the
> authors
> > of such code. Alternatively, the ‘Author’ field should list these authors
> > as contributors.
> > Where copyrights are held by an entity other than the package authors,
> > this should preferably be indicated via ‘cph’ roles in the ‘Authors at R> > field, or using a ‘Copyright’ field (if necessary referring to an
> > inst/COPYRIGHTS file)."
> >
> > This means that CRAN will not accept a package where you did not list all
> > copyright holders in one of the Author roles, although it is legal for
> you
> > to do so outside of CRAN.
> >
> Please pardon my delay, I am writing from California and it's still morning
> here.
> I understand very well that I need to keep the previous co-author in the
> list of authors, and duly acknowledge his contribution.
> I would still be interested in the formal rules of compiling the citation
> file (example package Rcmdr), but for the moment it can be automatically
> generated via citation("QCA").
> Both of these are perfectly compliant with the CRAN policies.
> As another attempt to solve the matter, I wonder if any rules would be
> broken if I used the .onAttach(...) function to print a message in the line
> of:
> > library(QCA)
> Users are encouraged to cite this package as:
>   Dusa, Adrian (2015). QCA: Qualitative Comparative Analysis. R Package
> Version 1.2-0,
>   URL: http://cran.r-project.org/package=QCA
> This is just an encouragement, not a requirement, and the official citation
> file meets the CRAN policies. Would that be acceptable?
> Best wishes,
> Adrian
> --
> Adrian Dusa
> University of Bucharest
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