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

Roy Mendelssohn - NOAA Federal roy.mendelssohn at noaa.gov
Thu Apr 5 22:22:45 CEST 2018

I don't think your DESCRIPTION file is properly formed.  See http://r-pkgs.had.co.nz/description.html for more information.  Author fields in particular are done in a particular way.



> On Apr 5, 2018, at 1:17 PM, Dudek Andrzej <Andrzej.Dudek at ue.wroc.pl> wrote:
> CRAN maintainers rejected the package two times already due to this note 
> But for previous version I've been asked to add the references in description field:
>> Package Information:
>> Package: mdsOpt
>> Version: 0.1-4
>> Title: Searching for Optimal MDS Procedure for Metric Data
>> Author(s): Marek Walesiak <marek.walesiak at ue.wroc.pl>  Andrzej Dudek
>>   <andrzej.dudek at ue.wroc.pl>
>> Maintainer: Andrzej Dudek <andrzej.dudek at ue.wroc.pl>
>> Depends: smacof, clusterSim
>> Suggests: testthat
>> Description: Searching for optimal multidimensional scaling procedure for
>>   metric data.
> Thanks, can you please extend your description text.
> Can you provide some references in the form authors (year) <doi:...> or <arXiv:...> (no space after 'doi:' and 'arXiv:')?
> Best,
> Swetlana Herbrandt
> --------------------
> So at this point is some kind of vicious circle for me :-)  Maybe adding quotation mark is best idea (?)
> Best ,- 
> Andrzej
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Bolker [mailto:bbolker at gmail.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 9:51 PM
> To: Dudek Andrzej <Andrzej.Dudek at ue.wroc.pl>
> Cc: r-package-devel at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [R-pkg-devel] Cannot submit package due to misspell note
> 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
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>> Andrzej Dudek
>> Professor of Wroclaw University of Economics Department of 
>> Econometrics and Computer Science, Nowowiejska 3, 58-506 Jelenia Góra, 
>> Poland
>> mail: andrzej.dudek at ue.wroc.pl<mailto:andrzej.dudek at ue.wroc.pl>
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