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Choosing a publishing channel


Choosing a publishing channel with care is important for your research result to be spread and get impact.

An increased scientific impact for our publications is one of Chalmers' interim target according to POD (prioritised operational development), a strategy for achieving this is to choose the right publishing channel for good dissemination and thus increased chance of a good impact. The websites below provide guidance on choosing an appropriate publishing channel. An important and useful indicator is the journal's average citation rate, four different indicators are presented below, SNIP, SJR, CS and JIF. You can filter the journals with respect to the Scopus and Web of Science subject areas, respectively, to identify journals with a high average citation level in the subject area.

 

Bibliometric indicators

CWTS Journal Indicators lists source normalized impact (SNIP) for journals covered by Scopus. SNIP greater than 1 means that the publications in the journal, on average are cited above average. The indicator compensates for differences in citation practices between scientific fields. The development of individual journals over time is also presented. The indicators are based on data from Scopus and are calculated by Leiden University's Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). SNIP is used for measuring the journal's average citation rate in the calculation of bibliometric data for VP1 dialogues and for performance parameters regarding publishing.

The three following resources provide more comprehensive information about the journals and thus the basis for a more comprehensive analysis.

Scimago Journal & Country Rank is based on Scopus and contains a lot of data for each journal, preselected sorting on SJR (Scimago journal rank). SJR greater than 1 means that the publications in the journal are on average cited above average. The indicator compensates for differences in citation practices between scientific fields. For each journal, the development of recent years is presented from several aspects. The indicators are calculated by SCImago, a research group from CSIC and a number of Spanish universities.  

Scopus - Sources from Elsevier, based on data from Scopus and containing several indicators, sorting by CS (citescore) is preselected. CS does not compensate for differences in citation practices between scientific fields and thus cannot be used for comparison of journals from different subject areas. CS and JIF (journal impact factor), see below, are two similar measures, the most important difference being that they are based on different databases, Scopus and Web of Science respectively.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), is based on Web of Science data. Several indicators are presented, pre-selected sorting on JIF (journal impact factor). JIF does not compensate for differences in citation practices between scientific fields and thus cannot be used for comparison of journals from different subject areas. For each individual journal, the development of recent years and its, citation-based, relationship with other journals are shown. (Note JCR is available only for Chalmers-affiliated.)

 

Scientific level of publishing channels

The Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers divides scientific publication channels (journals, series, publishers) into two levels, where level 1 meets basic requirements for scientific publication and level 2 consists of those, within a certain subject area, leading channels containing the most significant publications. Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) is responsible for selecting and evaluating the publication channels.

 

Open access

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) quality reviews and lists OA journals. The goal is to cover all scientific OA journals that have a quality control. The list is compiled by DOAJ, a not-for-profit organization managed by Infrastructure Services for Open Access C.I.C., UK.

SHERPA/RoMEO outlines the scientific publisher's policy on copyright and parallel publishing. RoMEO is administered by Jisc (a membership organisation, providing digital solutions for UK education and research).

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