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Building incrementally

As soon as I finished the Open Journal Matcher and released it to the world, I wanted to rewrite it from the ground up. When I looked at the code, it was clear that so much could be improved: from better variable names, to clearer flow, and more concise functionality. I had to resist the […]

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Slow down, be thorough

Since (for now) the Open Journal Matcher is built without using a proper task queue, I’ve been spending a lot of effort handling the various errors thrown by my Google Cloud Function. This is both satisfying and annoying: it is nice to catch and handle each error properly, but it takes some digging to figure […]

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On variable costs

Now that the Open Journal Matcher is live and receiving traffic, I’m wondering how much it is going to cost to keep running. There isn’t an obvious answer. Mostly this is because Google Cloud Functions scale with your project. This is definitely good for scalability and availability, but it makes it much more difficult to […]

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Open Journal Matcher is here

I’m very pleased to let you know about a project I’m releasing today, the Open Journal Matcher. It’s a resource for people looking to find a suitable journal for their work. Paste in a draft abstract and see the best matching open access journals! Open Journal Matcher uses a natural language processing library called spaCy […]

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Unexpected funds

I recently found out that I got funding from Google for my journal recommender project. More than I expected, too. I had hoped to receive maybe $200 or $300 of Google Cloud Platform credits, but they gave me $5000 in credits, which was quite a surprise. This is good news for this project, because it […]

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Recommending journals programmatically

I had been keeping this project under my hat, but I’ve proposed it as a conference talk now, so maybe it’s time to share. I’ve been building a journal recommender tool. It’s aimed at faculty, and is built on data from the Directory of Open Access Journals. The idea is that a faculty member could […]

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