This is a short piece I wrote for the next issue of the Oracle newsletter produced by the International Institute of Forecasters.
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I sent this rejection letter this morning about a paper submitted to the International Journal of Forecasting. Dear XXXXX. I am writing to you regarding manuscript ????? entitled “xxxxxxxxxxxx” which you submitted to the International Journal of Forecasting. It so happens that I am aware that this paper was previously reviewed for the YYYYYYY journal. It seems that you have not bothered to make any of the changes recommended by the reviewers of your submission to YYYYYYY. Just submitting the same paper to another journal is extremely poor practice, and I am disappointed that you have taken this path. Reviewers spend a great deal of time providing comments, and it is disrespectful to ignore them. I don’t expect you to do everything they say, but I would expect some of their comments to be helpful. I am unwilling to consider the paper further for the International Journal of Forecasting. Read the previous reviews to know why. And before you submit the paper to a new journal, take the time to consider the reviews you have already been given. Sincerely, Rob Hyndman (Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Forecasting) I have written on this issue before. The peer-review system requires people to donate considerable amounts of time to writing reviews. In
The International Journal of Forecasting is calling for papers on probabilistic energy forecasting. Here are the details (taken from Tao Hong’s blog).
I often receive email asking about IJF quality indicators. Here is one I received today. Dear Professor Hyndman, I recently had a paper published in IJF entitled, “xxxxxxxxxxxx”. I am very pleased with the publication and consider IJF to be an excellent outlet for my work in time-series econometrics. I have an unusual request, but I hope you will consider responding. My research is judged by non-economists and IJF is not on their list of “quality” journals. It makes a significant difference in my research rating and pay. Would you mind sending some objective information re the quality of IJF that I can pass along to the committee? And here is part of my reply: The IJF is ranked A in Australia (we have four levels — A*, A, B and C).† The IJF 2011 2-year impact factor is 1.485. In 2010 it was 1.863. The five year impact factor is 2.450. Compare this to the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics which has a 2-year impact factor of 1.693, or Computational Statistics & Data Analysis with 1.089. We are ranked 40 out of 305 economics journals based on our 2-year impact factor. We receive about 400 submissions annually, and publish about 70 per year. But that includes invited papers. Of the
The nature of research is that other people are probably working on similar ideas to you, and it is possible that someone will beat you to publishing them.
If you find this blog helpful (or even if you don’t but you’re interested in blogs on research issues and tools), there are a few other blogs about doing research that you might find useful. Here are a few that I read. Patter — Pat Thomson. The Thesis Whisperer — Inger Mewburn. The Research Whisperer – several RMIT researchers. the (research) supervisor’s friend — Geof Hill. My Research Rants – Jordi Cabot. The Three Month Thesis – James Hayton. profserious – Anthony Finkelstein. Academic Life — Marialuisa Aliotta. Help for New Professors — Faye Hicks. The Art of Scientific Writing – Faye Hicks. Explorations of style– Rachael Cayley. sharmanedit — Anna Sharman. GradHacker – writers from several universities. PhD Life – Warwick Uni students. PhD Comics — essential reading for every PhD student, and good therapy. I’ve created a bundle so you can subscribe to all of these in one go. Of course, there are lots of statistics blogs as well, and blogs about other research disciplines. The ones above are those that concentrate on generic research issues.
I’ve just finished another reviewer report for a journal, and yet again I’ve had to make comments about reading the literature. It’s not difficult. Before you write a paper, read what other people have done. A simple search on Google scholar will usually do the trick. And before you submit a paper, check again that you haven’t missed anything important. The paper I reviewed today did not cite a single reference from either of the two most active research groups in the area in the last ten years. Any search on the topic would have turned up about a dozen papers from these two groups alone. I don’t mind if papers miss a reference or two, especially if they have been published in an obscure outlet. But I will recommend a straight reject if a paper hasn’t cited any of the most important papers from the last five years. Part of a researcher’s task is to engage with what has already been done, and show how any new ideas differ from or extend on previous work.
I have argued previously that research papers should be posted online at the same time as they are submitted to a journal. Sometimes people claim that journals don’t allow it, which is nonsense. Almost every journal allows it, and many also allow the published version of a paper to appear on your personal website. Today I discovered a new tool (thanks to the IMU newsletter) which makes it easy to check a journal’s policy on this. Check out SHERPA/RoMEO. It’s a very useful tool, but whoever thought SHERPA/RoMEO was a good name needs therapy.
A very useful way of keeping up with blogs in a particular area is to subscribe to a blog aggregator. These will syndicate posts from a large number of blogs and provide links back to the original sources. So you only need to subscribe once to get all the good stuff in that area. There are now several blog aggregators available that might be of interest to readers here. And this blog is now syndicated on several other sites including those listed below.
Google has produced another great tool for researchers, this time providing some metrics on journal citations. Google Scholar Metrics allows you to search on journals rather than articles, and to see the average or median h-index for each journal. For example, a search on “forecasting” yields the following results: