What does it mean "Topical collection" within a journal? Are the papers published under "Topical Collections" better promoted?

  • Can you provide an example?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 16:17
  • I have the feeling it is a way to curate different subfields within the same journal but not sure how they can help authors or researchers. As an example: link.springer.com/journal/volumesAndIssues/… Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 16:31
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    Why don't you think grouping similar articles under (useful) subheadings is effective to authors or researchers?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 16:42

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These are just ways to allow folks to find articles of interest within larger (less focused) journals.

Good examples are topical collections within a larger Mathematical Biology journal like the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology that correspond to subgroups within the society: https://www.smb.org/subgroups/

I think this will become more and more popular as journals get broader and broader. Think about a journal like Nature Communications that takes science from any field... it's hard to 'browse' this journal in the way that you might browse a journal IN YOUR SUBFIELD, because the vast majority of the stuff is completely unrelated. In a topical collection however, you might find things of interest.

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    A good example is using tags on questions on here ...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 18:56
  • Thank you so much for your answers. They are very useful for me. Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 9:45

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