This semester, I teach a class entitled “Bioinformatics for Biologists,” which is essentially a cookbook of bioinformatics light for people with no computational skills. I use the class to sneak in topics form evolutionary biology to biochemistry majors who do not have to, and indeed do not take any class in evolution.
Today, I am going to teach local alignment and text searches. I was playing with some search engines and stumbled upon JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator). In its searches, JANE only uses scientific journals that are included in Medline and are published regularly.
I use JANE extensively when I look for suitable reviewers of papers that have been submitted to Genome Biology and Evolution, as well as identifying journals suitable for my own publications.
So, I decided to see what happens if I use JANE with a classic text as querry.
Where should I publish the following text:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
The answer provided by JANE was unequivocal.
Charles Dickens should have published in PLoS ONE