As an open access platform of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, the Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR) features foundational thinking, research milestones, educational innovations, and major applications. It aims to publish content that helps to define and shape data science as a scientifically rigorous and globally-impactful multidisciplinary field based on the principled and purposed production, processing, parsing, and analysis of data. HDSR aims to be a new kind of digital platform that reflects the synergistic nature of data science. By uniting the strengths of a premier research journal, a cutting-edge educational publication, and a popular magazine, HDSR provides a crossroads at which fundamental data science research and education intersect directly with societally-important applications from industry, governments, NGOs, and others. The platform fosters dialogue among researchers, educators, and practitioners about data science research, practice, literacy, and workforce development, thereby enhancing and creating efforts to advance our global community in the rapidly-evolving digital age. In short, HDSR aims to feature “everything data science and data science for everyone.”
HDSR prioritizes quality over quantity, with a primary emphasis on reproducibility, replicability, and readability, attracting readers via inspiring, informative, and intriguing articles, and authors via its multi-domain reader outreach platform, speedy review process, and flexibility in presentation styles; creative presentations are especially encouraged. It leverages digital technologies and advances to emphasize multimedia dissemination, learning-oriented visualization, enhanced author-reader interactions, and a global presence. In particular, the editorial board, authors and external referees are drawn globally, with the intention to progressively increase coverage and diversity. Submissions are by invitation only after a screening process. HDSR’s publications will be in a variety of forms, including research articles, discussion papers, special columns, interviews, conversations, tutorials, short essays, news and stories, and letters to the editor. HDSR publishes quarterly in digital forms, and also in print for special issues and collections.