When Standards Go Wild - Software Review for a Manuscript

Authors: Stefanie Butland, Nick Golding, Chris Grieves, Hugo Gruson, Thomas White, Hao Ye

"Some things are just irresistible to a community manager – PhD student Hugo Gruson’s recent tweets definitely fall into that category. I was surprised and intrigued to see an example of our software peer review guidelines being used in a manuscript review, independent of our formal collaboration with the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MEE). This is exactly the kind of thing rOpenSci is working to enable by developing a good set of practices that broadly apply to research software.

But who was this reviewer and what was their motivation? What role did the editors handling the manuscript play? I contacted the authors and then the journal and, in less than a week we had everyone on board to talk about their perspectives on the process."

Read this great story here: https://ropensci.org/blog/2019/04/18/wild-standards/