How to keep yourself updated with the latest R news?

R is evolving rapidly and new code are implemented everyday. See how to keep up to date with the latest R news through several twitter feeds and newsletters.

Antoine Soetewey


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At the end of one of the training sessions I gave on R, a student asked me the following question:

How do you keep yourself updated with the latest R news?

It is true that R, being open source (meaning that everyone can contribute), is evolving rapidly. This means that even if I am using R for several years and on a daily basis, I like to stay informed in order to stay up to date with the program and the latest coding practices.

In fact, I learn about new packages, new functions and new features almost everyday. Most of them are not particularly useful for my research or my teaching tasks, but sometimes I discover such a nice package or function that I replace my code with new one.1

The training was an advanced one, so the student had a good knowledge of R and was not looking for more tutorials or courses. She was interested in knowing where to look for updates about current and new R packages and functions.

After sharing my sources with all students following the training, I thought it would be useful to others. In this article, I share my sources — from where I get the latest R updates and news. The sources are divided into two main categories: Twitter and newsletters.

How do I keep track?


To be honest, I mostly use Twitter to keep up to date with R news.

Twitter allows me to follow discussions about statistical methods or approaches, and to keep me informed about publications of new blog posts.

What I particularly like with Twitter is that there is a mix between:

  • short messages about new functions or packages (most of the time with an illustration or an example), and
  • announcements of new blog posts that cover specific subjects in details.



Antoine Soetewey

PhD researcher and teaching assistant in statistics at UCLouvain. Interested in statistics, R, and making them accessible to everyone. Author of