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Automated Selection of a Publishing Venue Using “Semantic Technology”

Springer publishes over 2600 journals and maybe has decided that this is too many.  So it has created a "journal selector service" to help authors target an appropriate venue.

The Springer Journal Selector uses semantic technology to help you quickly choose the Springer journal that is right for your paper. Enter your abstract, description of your research, or a sample text and the Springer Journal Selector provides a list of relevant journals.

I can access this service at

So I thought I'd try the abstract for The Discipline of Organizing (see below) to see what Springer's "semantic technology" thinks the book is about. I'm happy to report that TDO doesn't get shoved into a narrow niche; the top six journal recommendations are:

  • Multimedia Tools and Applications
  • International Journal on Digital Libraries
  • Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Journal of Science Education and Technology
  • World Wide Web
  • Education and Information Technologies

I think this nicely demonstrates that we're introducing TDO in a way that manages to communicate its multi- or trans-disciplinary essence. As a further test, I tried the first two paragraphs of TDO Chapter 1 and four of the top six recommendations were the same.

Here's the book abstract:

Organizing is such a common activity that we often do it without thinking much about it. In our daily lives we organize physical things--books on shelves, cutlery in kitchen drawers--and digital things--Web pages, MP3 files, scientific datasets. Millions of people create and browse Web sites, blog, tag, tweet, and upload and download content of all media types without thinking "I'm organizing now" or "I'm retrieving now."

This book offers a framework for the theory and practice of organizing that integrates information organization (IO) and information retrieval (IR), bridging the disciplinary chasms between Library and Information Science and Computer Science, each of which views and teaches IO and IR as separate topics and in substantially different ways. It introduces the unifying concept of an Organizing System--an intentionally arranged collection of resources and the interactions they support--and then explains the key concepts and challenges in the design and deployment of Organizing Systems in many domains, including libraries, museums, business information systems, personal information management, and social computing. Intended for classroom use or as a professional reference, the book covers the activities common to all organizing systems: identifying resources to be organized; organizing resources by describing and classifying them; designing resource-based interactions; and maintaining resources and organization over time. The book is extensively annotated with disciplinary-specific notes to ground it with relevant concepts and references of library science, computing, cognitive science, law, and business.

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