[R-pkg-devel] Cannot submit package due to misspell note

Ben Bolker bbolker at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 21:51:16 CEST 2018

Can you clarify what "which cause the rejection at submission process"
means, i.e. have the CRAN maintainers already rejected your package
because of this note, or are you afraid they will?

Looking at https://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-exts.html#The-DESCRIPTION-file
, I agree that there's not much useful guidance. The entry on the
Description field is:

> The mandatory ‘Description’ field should give a comprehensive description of what the package does. One can use several (complete) sentences, but only one paragraph. It should be intelligible to all the intended readership (e.g. for a CRAN package to all CRAN users). It is good practice not to start with the package name, ‘This package’ or similar. As with the ‘Title’ field, double quotes should be used for quotations (including titles of books and articles), and single quotes for non-English usage, including names of other packages and external software. This field should also be used for explaining the package name if necessary. URLs should be enclosed in angle brackets, e.g. ‘<https://www.r-project.org>’: see also Specifying URLs.

  You could protect the names in single quotation marks, but that seems awkward.

  My best guess (I don't know if the CRAN maintainers would go for
this or not) would be to add a References: field, put your references
therein, and refer to that field within your Description: field (from
TFM, "There is no restriction on the use of other fields not mentioned
here ...")  (I don't know if additional fields are spell-checked or
not ...)

On Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 3:13 PM, Dudek Andrzej <Andrzej.Dudek at ue.wroc.pl> wrote:
> Hello,
> I've stuck in submitting new version of package(mdsOpt), due to the following note,
> Possibly mis-spelled words in DESCRIPTION:
>   De (13:2)
>   Diday (14:48)
>   Groenen (12:13, 14:2)
>   Leeuw (13:5)
>   Mair (12:30, 13:16)
>   Walesiak (15:2, 16:2)
>   Winsberg (14:19)
> which cause the rejection at submission process.
> The description file / section looks like this:
> Description: Selecting the optimal multidimensional scaling (MDS) procedure for metric data via metric MDS (ratio, interval, mspline) and nonmetric MDS (ordinal). Selecting the optimal multidimensional scaling (MDS) procedure for interval-valued symbolic data via metric MDS (ratio, interval, mspline). Selecting the optimal MDS procedure for statistical data referring to the evaluation of tourist attractiveness of Lower Silesian counties.
> (Borg, I., Groenen, P.J.F., Mair, P. (2013) <doi:10.1007/978-3-642-31848-1>,
>  De Leeuw, J., Mair, P. (2015) <doi:10.1002/9781118445112.stat06268.pub2>,
>  Groenen, P.J.F., Winsberg, S., Rodriguez, O., Diday, E. (2006) <doi:10.1016/j.csda.2006.04.003>,
> Walesiak, M. (2016) <doi:10.15611/ekt.2016.2.01>,
>  Walesiak, M. (2017) <doi:10.15611/ekt.2017.3.01>).
> I've tried to check  the documentation but found nothing about including references in description files (which AFAIK is now required).
> Thank in advance for any help!
> Andrzej
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> Department of Econometrics and Computer Science,
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