ready4 PharmacoEconomics article

The ready4 framework is introduced in an article from the PharmacoEconomics journal.

The ready4 framework has achieved another milestone with the publication of the first peer-reviewed article relating to its development and application.

The first peer-reviewed publication describing the ready4 software framework is now available in PharmacoEconomics. Thank you to the co-authors, advisers and peer-reviewers who helped achieve this outcome.

ready4 is now on CRAN

Announcing the first CRAN release of the ready4 library.

The ready4 framework has reached a major milestone with the inclusion on CRAN of the ready4 foundation library.

The first of the six libraries that comprise the ready4 software framework is now available on CRAN. Thank you to the volunteer peer-reviewers who took the time to review our submissions and help ensure that the library was compliant with all required CRAN policies.

Introducing ready4 framework modules and syntax

Announcing the introduction of a novel approach to developing modular models with a simple, consistent syntax.

The ready4 framework has reached a major milestone with the launch of tools to implement modular models that use a simple and consistent syntax.

Development version software to implement and extend the ready4 framework has been publicly available for over a year now. However, the way that this code was limited has limited its potential utility as a toolkit for developing transparent and modular mental health systems models. The latest release of the ready4 R package addresses these limitations with two important innovations:

  • introducing the concept of modules, to facilitate consistent application of an Object Oriented Programming approach throughout the ready4 software suite;

  • codifying a simple and consistent syntax for use in all programs that implement configurations of models developed with the ready4 framework.

To view or cite the archive copy of the version of the ready4 package which introduced these innovations use To view or cite the most recently archived copy of the ready4 package use The latest documentation for the package is available at

ready4 software now archived on Zenodo

Announcing the ready4 Zenodo community.

The software that we create to implement the ready4 framework and the models developed with that framework will from this point forward be archived on Zenodo.

Zenodo is an open science platform developed by CERN and using it as a repository for archiving our software has a number of advantages:

  • it creates a permanent copy of each software item, thus making these items appropriate for citation in peer-reviewed journal articles (unlike software stored in impermanent development code repositories such as GitHub);
  • it create DOI identifiers for each archived software item, minting a new DOI for each version of a software item sent for archiving as well as providing a catch all DOI that can apply to all versions of the software;
  • it provides a simple workflow to integrate with GitHub repositories (where our most up to date development code is stored);
  • it automatically submites archived items for indexing on OpenAire; and
  • it includes easy to use citation tools to help generate appropriate citations for software in multiple output formats.

We have established a ready4 community within Zenodo, in which all our code is stored.