So you’ve completed your project, or at least partially so, and feel that you’re ready to publish. One of the first decisions you need to make is which journal to publish in which isn’t always as easy as it seems. First there are more journals than you can shake a stick at and there seem to be new ones popping up all the time. On top of that many of today’s research projects and journals are multidisciplinary. For example, let’s say you’ve been using fluorous chemistry to enrich a sample for phosphopeptides. That could go to a chemistry journal, a proteomics journal, a chemical biology journal, etc. Next comes the question of reviewers. Often authors can suggest referees upon submission of the manuscript. If not, then editors need to determine who might be appropriate reviewers. Sometimes you are asked to be a reviewer, but have to decline. It would be nice to be able to suggest other names to the editor.
A recently available program named JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator) is a quick and easy web based tool to help you answer these questions. You enter some text and click on either author or journal and Jane spits out a list of suggestions based on text similarity. The developers of JANE, Schuemie and Kors from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, have published the details of the search strategy and compared it to similar programs such as eTBLAST in an Advanced Access article in the journal Bioinformatics. (I wonder if they used JANE when deciding to submit the article to Bioinformatics.)
As a test, I took half the abstract from Phillipe Buhlmann’s recent publication in Analytical Chemistry entitled “Fluorophilic Ionophores for Pontentiometric pH Determinations with Fluorous Membranes of Exceptional Selectivity”. I won’t go into the publication itself at this time, but Buhlmann’s group at the University of Minnesota has done some really great things with fluorous membranes. Within about 5 seconds I was able to retrieve the journal results which suggested Analytical Chemistry as the most appropriate journal for publication. For authors, Eric Bakker of Purdue was the first suggestion and Phillipe Buhlmann was second amongst primary authors, so by a first approximation JANE did alright. The JANE output also provides direct links to the articles used to determine the similarity so that one can check the results quickly.
By the way, if you are going to use fluorous modified peptides to study kinase activity, J. Org. Chem, Org. Letters, and Chemical Communications would be suggested journals with Dennis Curran and Milan Mrksich as relevant authors.