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Paper title analysis form

This tool finds the words that are most likely to appear in the titles of publications falling in the categories you pick. You can use it to answer questions like these:

  • What subjects does the Journal of Paleontology address most often?
  • What words were most commonly used in the 19th century?
  • What words tend to go along with "phylogeny"?
  • What topics typify the Cambrian literature?
  • What kinds of papers do people write about the group "Dinosauria"?
  • ... most importantly, what buzzwords will get my paper into Nature?
Citation data
  Acta Palaeontologica Polonica   Alcheringa   Ameghiniana   American Journal of Botany
  American Journal of Science   American Museum Novitates   Annals of Carnegie Museum
  Bulletin of the AMNH   Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences   Cretaceous Research   Facies
  Geobios   Geological Magazine   Journal of Human Evolution   Journal of Mammalogy
  Journal of Paleontology   Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology   Lethaia   Nature
  The Palaeobotanist   Palaeo3   Palaeontographica Abteilung A   Paläontologische Zeitschrift
  Palaeontology   Paleontological Journal   Palaios   Proceedings of the ANSP   PNAS
  Quarterly Journal of the GSL   Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology   Science
  USGS Professional Paper   Vertebrata PalAsiatica
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Cambrian Ordovician Silurian Devonian Carboniferous Permian
Triassic Jurassic Cretaceous Paleogene Neogene


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Disclaimer: this cynical analytical tool is the sole responsibility of its author and does not represent the views, beliefs, orientation, preferences, or political connections of the National Science Foundation, the University of California, NCEAS, the Paleobiology Database membership and Advisory Board, the aforementioned journals, or my mother, and is intended for the purposes of amusement and procrastination (mostly of and by its author).