Where should you publish that next paper?

February 11, 2011

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Like many academics, Arthur Charpentier thinks a lot about publishing papers in journals. Specifically, we wondered if there was a way to figure out which journal was the best place to publish his next paper and have it accepted: 

I was wondering if there were clusters of journals, i.e. journals that publish almost the same kind of articles (so that next time one of my paper is rejected by the editor, I just go to for some journal in the same cluster).

By using statistical analysis of the titles of articles that have been published in various journals, he was able to figure out which journals are most alike, and group them together in clusters as displayed in this tree graph:

Journal tree
Check out the full post in the Freakonometrics blog for the details of the analyses and the R code that created them.

Freakonometrics: Think academic journals look the same ? Well, some do…

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