Review request template

Editors may make use of the e-mail template below in recruiting reviewers.


Hi, this is [EDITOR]. [FRIENDLY BANTER]. I’m writing to ask if you would be willing to review a package for rOpenSci. As you probably know, rOpenSci conducts peer review of R packages contributed to our collection in a manner similar to journals.

The package, [PACKAGE] by [AUTHOR(S)], does [FUNCTION]. You can find it on GitHub here: [REPO LINK]. We conduct our open review process via GitHub as well, here: [ONBOARDING ISSUE]

If you accept, note that we ask reviewers to complete reviews in three weeks. (We’ve found it takes a similar amount of time to review a package as an academic paper.)

Our reviewers guide details what we look for in a package review, and includes links to example reviews. Our standards are detailed in our packaging guide, and we provide reviewer template for you to use. If you have questions or feedback, feel free to ask me or post to the rOpenSci forum.

{IF APPLICABLE: The authors have also chosen to jointly submit their package to the Journal of Open Source Software, so this package includes a short paper.md manuscript describing the software that we ask you include in your review.}

Are you able to review? If you can not, suggestions for alternate reviewers are always helpful. If I don’t hear from you within a week, I will assume you are unable to review at this time.

Thank you for your time.