Yes, the special is coming out this month! It will contain a collection of papers by statisticians and non-statisticians (researchers from information systems, marketing, and more). Lots of great data, methods, analyses, and open questions.
For those not familiar with the journal Statistical Science, this is a really neat and readable statistical journal that features special issues on interdisciplinary areas, interviews with famous statisticians, and more. My colleague Anindya Ghose from the Stern School of Business just sent me a few websites showing the HUGE impact factor of this journal (this is the ratio of the number of citations to the number of published articles) :
- According to Thomson’s Sci-Bytes, in 2000-2004 it had an impact factor of 4.9, and was in the 4th place, after Bioinformatics, J. Computational Biology and Econometrica.
- Ranked 6th on the list of Top Journal in Statistics (among 72 journals) in an analysis by Professor Wayne Oldford from the University of Waterloo (and director of the center for computational mathi in industry and commerce) .
- Ranked as one of the two “Top Tier Review Journals” by Dept of Statistics at Florida State U (in a document that ranks journals for purpses of tenure and promotion…)
So hold your breath for the May issue. A preview of the cover and Table of Contents will be available at the 2nd Symposium on “Statistical Challenges in eCommerce” at Minneapolis (May 22-23). A leak from the editor says that the issue will also include an interview with a famous statistician…