[R-pkg-devel] DOI for archived package?

Thierry Onkelinx th|erry@onke||nx @end|ng |rom |nbo@be
Thu Sep 10 18:25:31 CEST 2020

Dear Kevin,

My git2rdata package is on CRAN, ROpenSci and Zenodo. The GitHub repo is
linked to Zenodo, so every release on GitHub gets its own DOI.

The benefit of the DOI is that it makes it easier for others to cite your
package in a consistent manner. And you'll get a better overview of those

So I won't waste time arguing over this and use that time to put it on

Best regards,

PS Zenodo is well funded (https://about.zenodo.org/infrastructure/) and
IMHO equally likely to be permanent as CRAN is.

ir. Thierry Onkelinx
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Op do 10 sep. 2020 om 18:14 schreef Kevin R. Coombes <
kevin.r.coombes using gmail.com>:

> Hi,
> I am in the process of submitting a "workflow" article about an R
> package (which is onCRAN) to F1000Research. The associate editor that I
> am dealing with wants a "DOI" for the source code of the package being
> described in the manuscript.  I have already explained that CRAN
> archives all versions of packages, and I sent him the URL to the archive
> page for the package, However, he still seems to believe that a DOI
> needs to be assigned by some site like Zenodo.
> I haven't yet responded by pointing out that CRAN has been archiving all
> versions of packages since at least the year 2000, it has mirrors all
> over the world, and the URL/URI used here is likely to be far more
> permanent than the DOI from Zenodo. Nor have I pointed out that there
> are more than 15,000 packages at CRAN, nor that not a single R user
> would ever think to go look on Zenodo for an R package.
> Does anyone have other suggestions for how to respond? (I know;  I could
> just put the [expletive] thing into Zenodo and move on, but creating a
> permanent identifier for something that will *never *be accessed just
> seems stupid.)
> Thanks,
>    Kevin
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