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rOpenSci Packages: Development, Maintenance, and Peer Review

Project Status: Active – The project has reached a stable, usable state and is being actively developed. GitHub Actions Workflow for commits to master DOI

rOpenSci's guide for packages in our suite. Read it here.


Suggestions and updates

This book contains our guidelines for packages contributed to the rOpenSci suite of packages. They are always a work in progress - corrections, suggestions and general improvements are welcome as issue submissions in this repository. Open discussions are welcome in our forum. You can also suggest changes by editing the .Rmd files that are at the root of this repository and submitting a pull request. An "edit" button at the top of all book chapters will take you directly to the relevant page on GitHub to make such changes. Please target your pull requests to the dev branch.

Technical details

Deployment is done via GitHub Actions:

  • whenever there's a push to master, the book is built and its content is then pushed to the gh-pages branch.

  • whenever there's a push to dev, the book is built and its content is then pushed to the dev-site branch that gets deployed to Netlify.

Refer to this blog post for more details and resources about bookdown deployment on GitHub Actions.

Notes for associate editors

If you're an associate editor, you can also push directly to master for small fixes. We shall use PRs to dev for discussing larger updates, and PR from dev to master for each release.

If you're an associate editor and you want to render the book locally you need to install bookdown and the other dependencies stated in DESCRIPTION in particular use devtools::install_github("bergant/airtabler"), and get and store an Airtable API key following their instructions (if you're not an editor, you don't have access to our Airtable base). Then use bookdown::render_book('index.Rmd', 'bookdown::gitbook') and the book will be generated in the _book folder; you can open the book on the command line by doing open _book/index.html.


This book was started using Sean Kross' minimal bookdown example.

All of the content of this repository is licensed CC-BY-SA.

You can cite this book using its Zenodo metadata and DOI.