The R Journal

The R Journal  
DisciplineStatistical computing
Edited byMichael Kane (2019–2020)
Publication details
The R Foundation (Austria)
2.682 (2018)
Standard abbreviations

The R Journal is an online, open-access, refereed journal published by The R Foundation[1] since 2009. The journal publishes research articles in statistical computing that are of interest to users of the R programming language. The journal is entirely free: it does not charge authors for publication nor are there fees for subscription. The journal includes a News and Notes section that supersedes the R News newsletter, which was published from 2001 to 2008.

The journal serves a dual role as a research journal in statistical computing and as the official newsletter of the R Project. It publishes regular news updates about The R Foundation, the CRAN repository system and the Bioconductor project. It also published articles fore-shadowing new development directions for R.[2]

The R Journal publishes short to medium length research articles. Articles may describe innovations in the R system itself, new R software packages or statistical computing theory implemented in R. Articles in The R Journal are often the primary references for the associated packages, for example for the core grid graphics packages or for parallel processing.[3] The journal also publishes articles on best-practice and innovation in modelling, for example in multivariate statistics[4] or multi-level modelling. A feature of the journal is the inclusion in articles of complete code by which readers can reproduce results and examples.

The journal is indexed in the ISI Web of Knowledge.[5] Despite including many non-citable news articles, it had a 2017 impact factor of 1.371 and a 5-year IF of 2.522. In 2017 the journal was ranked 79th out of 105 journals in computer science and 55th out of 124 journals in statistics and probability. Google Scholar Metrics gave The R Journal an h5-index of 24 and an h5-median of 63 (April 2020).[6]

The editors of the journal are appointed by the board of the R Foundation. Each editor in chief generally serves for one year and two issues. Editors-in-chief have been Vince Carey (2009), Peter Dalgaard (2010), Heather Turner (2011), Martyn Plummer (2012), Hadley Wickham (2013), Deepayan Sarkar (2014), Bettina Grün (2015), Michael Lawrence (2016), Roger Bivand (2017), John Verzani (2018), Norm Matloff (2019) and Michael Kane (2019–2020).


  1. ^ "The R Foundation". Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ Chambers, John M. (2009). "Facets of R: Special invited paper on "The Future of R"" (PDF). The R Journal. Retrieved 25 Feb 2016.
  3. ^ Jochen Knaus; Christine Porzelius; Harald Binder; Guido Schwarzer (2009). "Easier Parallel Computing in R with snowfall and sfCluster" (PDF). The R Journal. Retrieved 25 Feb 2016.
  4. ^ John Fox; Michael Friendly & Sanford Weisberg (2013). "Hypothesis Tests for Multivariate Linear Models Using the car Package" (PDF). The R Journal. Retrieved 27 Feb 2016.
  5. ^ "CAP". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  6. ^ "Metrics for R Journal". Google Scholar. Retrieved 14 April 2020.

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