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FiveThirtyEight is quite well-regarded in statistics/data analysis circles. I have written a short paper on NBA player ratings that might be of interest to them.

I do intend on getting the paper published somewhere that will help me in the future. My question is this - Should I target getting it published in a small math journal or a platform like FiveThirtyEight ?

I will be going to my sophomore year this fall.

Thanks a ton ;)

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    Does 538 even accept external submissions? To be published in a math (or statistics) journal it would probably need some interesting mathematical aspect.
    – Buffy
    Aug 15 '21 at 19:19
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    I don't think this is really on topic here, but good luck with your pursuits. Go into your local library, and ask at the reference desk for "The Writer's Market" (amazon.com/Writers-Market-2020-Trusted-Published/dp/1440301220), and ask the reference librarian if they can help show you how to use it to find publishers that might want stuff on your topic. Aug 15 '21 at 20:08
  • @Buffy It does - fivethirtyeight.com/how-to-pitch-fivethirtyeight . Yes, getting published in a journal would be tough.
    – mukberty
    Aug 16 '21 at 2:52
  • @mukberty, I think you misinterpret that. They are looking for research opportunities, with possible collaboration. I doubt they are looking to publish the work of others. I doubt they would consider it.
    – Buffy
    Aug 16 '21 at 10:52
  • @Buffy I understand now. Sorry for the mistake :)
    – mukberty
    Sep 1 '21 at 16:33
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Why not pursue both?

If you think your analysis is statistically new/unique, aim for a journal, although I doubt that as a high-schooler this is realistic, but you can always try. I would suggest to reach out to a university professor to see if they can help you. They should at least be able to assess the quality of what you wrote.

538 is a popular medium, and their articles are aimed at people who like stats but don't necessarily understand them thoroughly. The way that you would write an article for them is very different from the way you write a journal article.

What I would suggest anyway: publish it on your own blog/medium/website/github, so you'll also build a portfolio. If you manage to get some attention from 538 your own website will also get some attention.

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