[R] Question about citing R packages in an academic paper

Michael Dewey ||@t@ @end|ng |rom dewey@myzen@co@uk
Thu Jul 23 10:36:27 CEST 2020

Dear Medhi

It is good that you are going to cite the packages properly. I do not 
think it matters too much whether they are in the article itself or in 
the supplementary material, the important thing is that they are there. 
You do not have any legal obligation to cite them, as far as I know 
although I am not a lawyer, but it is a kindness to the authors.


On 22/07/2020 06:26, Dr. Mehdi Dadkhah wrote:
> Hi,
> I hope you are doing well!
> I have a question. I and my colleagues wrote a paper by using R language and its packages. We also used some tutorials. We have words count limitation for our paper. In early version of paper, I cited all packages in the reference list of paper (my paper will be published in an academic journal). After that, we had to keep references to tutorials in the reference list and remove reference to R and its packages (I strictly should fit paper to 2000 words). We created an online appendix and listed all packages which we used. Some packages are related to paper. For example, when i used command 'citation()'  in R console for package "tidytext", R informed me that i should cite such package as this:
> Silge, J., & Robinson, D. (2016). tidytext: Text Mining and Analysis Using Tidy Data Principles in R. JOSS, 1(3). https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.00037
> Now, all packages and their related papers are not in the reference list of paper, but they will be available in an online appendix in the journal website. Is such practice OK or should I cite all packages in the reference list?
> I attached online appendix. We will submit our paper to a journal soon.
> Should I cite papers which are related to packages in the reference list? if I do not cite, i will face with permission problem regard to usage of package?
> Many thanks!
> With best regards,
> Dr. Mehdi Dadkhah
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