Understanding Box Plots

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.

Comparing the Hard to Compare:  Uses of the 100% Bar Chart

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.