Sunday, September 13, 2009

SABR journal looking for sabermerics submissions

SABR's "Baseball Research Journal" is looking for submissions.

BRJ is a large format paperback book, published twice a year by SABR and sent to all several thousand of its members. It used to have crappy statistical articles in it -- stuff that wasn't peer reviewed, from authors who may never have read Bill James. I am happy to report that, recently, under former editor Jim Charlton, and current editor Nicholas Frankovich, the quality is much higher. I may be biased, because they've run a few articles of mine, but it really is getting a lot better. BRJ is also the place where Bill first ran his "Underestimating the Fog" article (pdf).

But Nick Frankovich is getting more aggressive about pursuing even better stuff, and he asked me to post this bleg. SABR needs your research, and he's asking you to consider submitting an article to BRJ.

It doesn't matter if you're a member of SABR or not. It doesn't matter if you've already published your research on a website. All that matters is if it's a good article, suitable for readers who may not know a whole lot of sabermetrics. That doesn't necessarily mean it has to be dumbed down; it does mean you may have to explain all of your acronyms and start at the beginning rather than the middle.

Nick is especially interested in articles that explain the current state of a topic in sabermetrics. He (actually, someone in SABR) suggested an article summarizing the current state of the DIPS theory, which I think would be a very good idea. I've always been looking for articles that explain something in sabermetrics from the bottom up, because that way I have somewhere to refer people who contact me or submit articles to "By the Numbers". DIPS would be a very good candidate.

Anyway, any reasonable topic will do, and any submission would be appreciated. If you're accepted, you don't get paid, but you get three copies of the book, and you get full rights to do whatever you want with the article afterwards (although you grant SABR the right to use it too). You also help improve the quality of the sabermetric research in SABR, which, perhaps surprisingly, is something that's really needed.

You can contact Nick at frankovich@sabr.org. Or, feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

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