Chapter 1 Welcome

Welcome to rOpenSci’s project developing software peer review system for statistical software in R packages and beyond. We invite you to join us in developing standards for processes of assessment and peer review of statistical software.

rOpenSci currently runs software peer review for R packages focused on data life cycle management. To apply these processes to software implementing statistical methods and algorithms, we need new ways of evaluating and testing software, and managing the review process. This book serves as a home for collecting research and developing those standards. As the book develops, it will become an extension of rOpenSci Packages: Development, Maintenance, and Peer Review, documenting not only our guidelines for statistical software but also the process of expanding the scope of review so it may be reproduced in other domains.

You are invited to contribute to this project by filing suggestions as issues in the book’s GitHub repository. We also have a dedicated area for discussion on the rOpenSci forum. We have noted in the chapters we’re actively seeking more input and feedback by highlighting them their titles in red and adding [SEEKING FEEDBACK] to them. Feedback on other sections is also welcome, although these may be at various stages of development.

For this project we are lucky to have support of a great steering committee. The committee’s role is to help us with outreach to statistical communities, vetting community input and prioritizing our work. They are:

This work is supported by the Sloan Foundation and is organized under an R Consortium Working Group.

1.1 Contributors

All contributions to this project are gratefully acknowledged using the allcontributors package following the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind are welcome!

1.1.2 Issue Authors