The Journal of Classification presents original work in the field of classification, broadly defined. Articles support advances in methodology, while demonstrating compelling substantive applications. Articles advance understanding in many areas of classification including supervised classification, unsupervised classification (clustering), semi-supervised classification, statistical computing, statistical learning, numerical taxonomy, multivariate statistics, and machine learning. The journal also publishes comprehensive review articles; however, these are usually invited.

Although the principal discipline represented is statistics, a wide range of other disciplines are represented including psychology, biology, information retrieval, computer science, anthropology, archeology, astronomy, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, geography, geology, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, medicine, political science, psychiatry, sociology, and soil science.

Published three times a year, each issue typically comprises three sections: articles, short notes and comments, and software abstracts.

The Editor-in-Chief is Paul McNicholas, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Officially cited as: J Classif
  • Offers papers in the field of classification, numerical taxonomy, multidimensional scaling and other ordination techniques, clustering, tree structures and other network models
  • Presents articles, short notes and comments, software abstracts, and book reviews
  • Coverage extends to statistics, psychology, biology, information retrieval, anthropology, archeology and more

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  • Paul D. McNicholas
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

1.333 (2021)
Impact factor
1.625 (2021)
Five year impact factor
8 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
45,125 (2021)

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This journal has 31 open access articles

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  • Call for papers: Special issue for IFCS 2022

    Guest Editors: Mark de Rooij, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Cinzia Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy; Arthur White, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Brian Franczak, MacEwan University, Canada

    Submission deadline: October 31st, 2022

  • Editor's Pick

    Enjoy free access to a selected highlight from the Journal of Classification, handpicked by Editor-in-Chief, Paul D. McNicholas.

  • The Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award

    Each year, The Classification Society offers a Distinguished Dissertation Award for an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation on the theme of clustering, classification, or related areas of data analysis, encompassing associated theory and/or applications.

  • 2022 Classification Society Annual Meeting

    The 2022 Classification Society Annual Meeting will be held from June 15-18, 2022, at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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