Chapter 1 Package name | Bioconductor Package Guidelines for Developers and Reviewers

The package name should match the GitHub
repository name and is case-sensitive. A package name should be descriptive and
should not already exist as a current package (case-insensitive) in
Bioconductor nor

An easy way to check whether your name is already in use is to check that the
following command fails:

In addition, avoid package names that:

  • Are easily confused with existing package names.
  • Imply a temporal (e.g. ExistingPackage2) or qualitative
    (e.g. ExistingPackagePlus) relationship.
  • Suggest hate speech, slurs or profanity, either implicitly or explicitly.
  • Invoke or refer to any historical, ethical, or political contexts.
  • Reference well known people, characters, brands, places or icons.

Also, to avoid unwanted meanings in foreign languages, name checkers such as
wordsafety might be used on the proposed package name.

Please consider the name of your package carefully. Bioconductor will discourage
renaming your package after acceptance. The process for renaming a package is to
deprecate the old named package and to re-submit the newly named package to the
review tracker and be subject to a new review.

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