The publication web project I started back in 2008, as a postdoc at McGill, finally made it to adulthood! The article is to be released today in Science Express:
Flows of research manuscripts among scientific journals reveal hidden submission patterns
by Calcagno V, Demoinet E, Gollner K, Guidi L, Ruths D and de Mazancourt C.
Thank you very much to the 100,000 scientific authors or so who bothered to respond to my emails!! From the 220,000 emails I had sent, I gathered some 80,000 usable replies, each containing the submission history of one published article. From these we were able to construct a resubmission network describing the manuscripts flows connecting over 1,000 scientific journals from 16 subject categories, including Nature, Science and PNAS. The analysis of this new type of network revealed intriguing patterns about the submission strategy of authors and the impact of submission history on the post-publication impact of research articles.
Learn more about the results in the Science Podcast