[R-pkg-devel] Citation in DESCRIPTION file

Sebastian Meyer @eb@meyer @end|ng |rom |@u@de
Wed Feb 24 10:05:54 CET 2021

I think you need to be more specific. Which "downloaded package"? Which
viewer? As the list info says: "We can't help if we don't know what the
problem is."

FWIW, this format is used by many packages that I have installed on my
machine and is rendered as a link on the CRAN package website, see
https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=colorspace, for example.

I can confirm that this format is not recognized in all HTML versions of
package descriptions out there, maybe most prominently at
https://rdrr.io/cran/colorspace/ and
https://www.r-pkg.org/pkg/colorspace . The former does not even convert
full URLs in the description text (such as the R-Forge URL).

However, the lack of clickable DOIs seems to be a limitation of these
websites not of your package description or the CRAN policy. The
required <doi:10..../....> format is officially documented at

Finally, again citing the list info: "Please note that while
R-package-devel contributors will do their best to provide you accurate
and authoritative information, the final arbiters of CRAN submission is
the CRAN team." ;)

Best regards,

	Sebastian Meyer

Am 24.02.21 um 09:25 schrieb Knut Krueger:
> Am 22.02.21 um 14:58 schrieb Uwe Ligges:
>> Write it inline as in:
>> See Author 1 (2021) <doi:10....> and Author 2 (2004) <doi:10......>.
> I see at the downloaded package that the urls are not usable by clicking.
> means the doi  <doi:xyz/1234567> has not been converted to
> https://doi.org/xyz/1234567
> Any chance to fix this in the description file?
> Regards Knut
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