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[PRE REVIEW]: anytime: Anything to Datetime or Date Converter #1605

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whedon opened this issue Jul 29, 2019 · 6 comments

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commented Jul 29, 2019

Submitting author: @eddelbuettel (Dirk Eddelbuettel)
Repository: https://github.com/eddelbuettel/anytime
Version: v0.3.5
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Thanks for submitting your paper to JOSS @eddelbuettel. Currently, there isn't an JOSS editor assigned to your paper.

@eddelbuettel if you have any suggestions for potential reviewers then please mention them here in this thread. In addition, this list of people have already agreed to review for JOSS and may be suitable for this submission.

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commented Jul 29, 2019

Hello human, I'm @whedon, a robot that can help you with some common editorial tasks.

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commented Jul 29, 2019

Attempting PDF compilation. Reticulating splines etc...
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commented Jul 29, 2019

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commented Jul 29, 2019

Hi @eddelbuettel, thanks for your interest in JOSS. From a quick inspection of this submission it's not entirely obvious that it meets our submission criteria. In particular, these items:

  • Your software should have an obvious research application
  • The software should be feature complete (no half-baked solutions) and designed for maintainable extension (not one-off modifications). Minor ‘utility’ packages, including ‘thin’ API clients, are not acceptable.

Could you confirm here that there is a research application for this software (and explain what that application is)? I'm also a little concerned that, while useful, the software is more of a utility than research software; the spirit of the criteria is that the software contributes to obtaining results in a scientific analysis.

Thanks!

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commented Jul 29, 2019

@kyleniemeyer thanks for the prompt follow-up! The core contribution of anytime is a faithful, performant and easier-than-alternatives conversion of any given input (type or format). This may frequently be a text format variable that may often be in a not-quite-standard form, but can also be numeric or another variant. anytime converts from a large variety of text formats, as well from 'other' numeric forms, to the desired and trusted Date or Datetime formats, and does it fast (using underlying C++ code) and without additional user input,

This enables any research relying on time-stamped data input that is not yet in proper time format to (more) easily convert the input data for subsequent research use, and can form part of any data processing pipeline involving date or datetime inputs.

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commented Jul 31, 2019

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After a pre-review of your submission, and an assessment by the editorial board at large, we find that this submission does not quite meet our submission requirements. In particular, while the software seems very useful, it falls under the 'Minor utility' category, and we therefore decided not to put it through review.

Thank you for considering JOSS as a venue for your software, and I hope you'll submit other software with research application in the future.

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