Citing R packages in your Thesis/Paper/Assignments

If you need to cite R, there is a very useful function called citation().

> citation()

To cite R in publications use:

  R Core Team (2013). R: A language and environment for statistical
  computing. R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is

    title = {R: A Language and Environment for Statistical Computing},
    author = {{R Core Team}},
    organization = {R Foundation for Statistical Computing},
    address = {Vienna, Austria},
    year = {2013},
    url = {},

We have invested a lot of time and effort in creating R, please cite it
when using it for data analysis. See also ‘citation("pkgname")’ for
citing R packages.

If you want to cite just a package, just pass the package name as a parameter, e.g.:

> citation(package = "cluster")

To cite the R package 'cluster' in publications use:

  Maechler, M., Rousseeuw, P., Struyf, A., Hubert, M., Hornik,
  K.(2013).  cluster: Cluster Analysis Basics and Extensions. R package
  version 1.14.4.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is

    title = {cluster: Cluster Analysis Basics and Extensions},
    author = {Martin Maechler and Peter Rousseeuw and Anja Struyf and Mia Hubert and Kurt Hornik},
    year = {2013},
    note = {R package version 1.14.4 --- For new features, see the 'Changelog' file (in the package source)},

This will give you BibTeX entries you can copy and paste in your BibTeX reference.  If you are using M$ Word, good luck to you.

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