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monographaR: An R package to facilitate the production of plant taxonomic monographs

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Taxonomic data are essential in many fields of biology. However, the production of taxonomic treatments is usually very time consuming and few programs are available for taxonomic use. The R-based package monographaR automates the production of some ubiquitous components of plant taxonomic studies, generating a monograph skeleton and figures for publication. The package includes functions to convert tables into taxonomic descriptions, lists of collectors, and examined specimens. Additionally, wrapper functions to batch generate phenology histograms and distributional maps are also available. Automated workflows, such as the one provided by the monographaR package, can facilitate the production of taxonomic treatments, potentially increasing the dynamics of taxonomic data generation and preventing format mistakes in repetitive tasks that are otherwise performed manually.

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The author is thankful to Lawrence Kelly, Dmitry Dmitriev, and one anonymous reviewer for suggestions on the manuscript. MR was supported by the National Science Foundation (DEB-0818399 and DEB-1343612).

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Correspondence to Marcelo Reginato.

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Reginato, M. monographaR: An R package to facilitate the production of plant taxonomic monographs. Brittonia 68, 212–216 (2016).

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