It's not clear to me why a journal publication is necessary (although I guess it couldn't hurt). What do you cite when you use SAS? Or Stata?
Gordon K Smyth wrote:
> This is just a note that R would get a lot more citations if
> the recommended citation was an article in a recognised
> journal or from a recognised publisher.
> I use R in work leading to publications often, and I strongly
> want to give the R core team credit for their work. However I
> find that I can't persuade my biological collaborators to
> include the current R citation (below) in their reference
> lists, because it is not an article in a recognised journal
> nor from a recognised publisher. I can cite the 1996 paper by
> Ihaka and Gentleman, and sometimes this what I do, but I'd
> really like to give credit to the other R core members as
> well, for example the CRAN people and those involved in the
> Windows version.
> I know this is more work for the R team, like everything else,
> but an article on the story of R since the creation of the
> core team would be really nice to see.
> To cite R in publications use:
> R Development Core Team (2005). R: A language and environment
> for statistical computing. R Foundation for Statistical
> Computing, Vienna, Austria. ISBN 3-900051-07-0, URL
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