The R Journal
DisciplineStatistical computing
Edited byCatherine Hurley
Publication details
The R Foundation (Austria)
LicenseCC BY 4.0
3.984 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
OCLC no.920403881

The R Journal is a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal published by The R Foundation since 2009.[1] It publishes research articles in statistical computing that are of interest to users of the R programming language. 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 journal also publishes articles on best-practice and innovation in modelling, for example in multivariate statistics 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.

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded.[3] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2020 impact factor of 3.984.[4]


The following persons are or have been editors-in-chief: 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), Norman Matloff (2019), Michael Kane (2020), Dianne Cook (2021), and Catherine Hurley (2022).


  1. ^ "The R Foundation". Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ Chambers, John M. (2009). "Facets of R: Special invited paper on "The Future of R"" (PDF). The R Journal. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 25 Feb 2016.
  3. ^ "Web of Science Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Clarivate Analytics. Archived from the original on 2020-06-20. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  4. ^ "R Journal". 2020 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2021.