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

Iñaki Ucar |uc@r @end|ng |rom |edor@project@org
Thu Sep 10 18:32:45 CEST 2020

If you proposed
and the editor is suspicious about the "src/contrib/Archive" stuff, you
could propose instead
which *looks* more permanent I guess.


On Thu, 10 Sep 2020 at 18:14, 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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