Yes, The Queen is listed as an 'author' on our R packages
Author: Alex M Chubaty [aut, cre], Eliot J B McIntire [aut], Yong Luo [ctb], Steve Cumming [ctb], Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada [cph]
Note, however, that Her Majesty’s
role not as a package author (
aut) but as the copyright holder (
It’s common practice in many companies to attribute copyright to your employer, and there are several R packages that list a company as copyright holder.
For example, take a look at the packages produced by RStudio (e.g.,
As a Canadian public servant, the Crown holds copyright on our work, including R packages. (Next time you’re reading a scientific paper produced by a federal employee note the copyright – most publishers assign Crown Copyright in these cases instead of the publisher itself maintaining copyright. E.g., Elsevier.)
So while it may be a little surprising to see The Queen listed (as copyright holder) in the authors list for several R packages, assigning copyright to one’s employer is common in general, and expected for public servants in Canada (and likely other Commonwealth countries).