Since many journal statistics relate information about people driven processes, such as time to initial decision or total time in peer review, the values can vary widely from one manuscript to the next. You could choose to report the average or the median value but that does not tell the whole story. Box plots are an excellent way to graphically represent not only the median value but also the spread of the data.
Outliers, Consistency and Context: the Importance of Reporting Variability in Editorial Office Performance Data
This article was originally published in Volume 15, Issue 1 of EON (Editorial Office News) in February 2022
Standard bar charts are used by journal offices to relate key performance indicators, such as number of submissions, each decision type, number of assignments per editor, or number of reviews completed per year. Typically used less often, is the standard bar chart’s cousin - the 100% bar chart. When used correctly, the 100% bar chart can be a powerful tool for comparing quantities of unequal size.
In this blog, we discuss adding visual elements to make your charts more informative, and other visual considerations for making your editorial reports more engaging.