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What makes a journal international? A case study using conservation biology journals

Published on Nov 1, 2010in Scientometrics 2.77
· DOI :10.1007/s11192-010-0273-x
M.C. Calver23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Murdoch University),
Grant Wardell-Johnson24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Curtin University)
+ 1 AuthorsRoss Taplin21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Curtin University)
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Abstract
The qualitative label `international journal' is used widely, including in national research quality assessments. We determined the practicability of analysing internationality quantitatively using 39 conservation biology journals, providing a single numeric index (IIJ) based on 10 variables covering the countries represented in the journals' editorial boards, authors and authors citing the journals' papers. A numerical taxonomic analysis refined the interpretation, revealing six categories of journals reflecting distinct international emphases not apparent from simple inspection of the IIJs alone. Categories correlated significantly with journals' citation impact (measured by the Hirsch index), with their rankings under the Australian Commonwealth's `Excellence in Research for Australia' and with some countries of publication, but not with listing by ISI Web of Science. The assessments do not reflect on quality, but may aid editors planning distinctive journal profiles, or authors seeking appropriate outlets.
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Published on Dec 1, 2009in Scientometrics 2.77
M.C. Calver23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Murdoch University),
J. Stuart Bradley6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Murdoch University)
The mean citations per paper is used increasingly as a simple metric for indicating the impact of a journal or comparing journal rankings. While convenient, we suggest that it has limitations given the highly skewed distributions of citations per paper in a wide range of journals.
Published on Aug 1, 2009in Biological Conservation 4.45
Richard B. Primack51
Estimated H-index: 51
(BU: Boston University)
Published on Jan 29, 2009in Tourism Geographies 2.75
Gustav Visser27
Estimated H-index: 27
(University of the Free State)
Abstract The function, form and outcomes of research assessment exercises have received considerable attention in the international journal press. However, as is generally the case with ‘international’ human geographical discourse, the foci of these debates are heavily tainted with the concerns of Anglo-American academics, with the UK's much-discussed Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), in particular, being under near-perpetual scrutiny. The idea of assessing research output is, however, not uni...
Published on Sep 1, 2008in Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 1.20
Charles Oppenheim35
Estimated H-index: 35
For decades, the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has been a familiar, if unloved, feature of its higher education landscape. Every few years, UK universities have to prepare detailed submissions explaining how their various departments and research units have conducted research, the outputs from that research, and have to provide a mass of statistics on, for example, the numbers of staff in each so-called UoA (Unit of Assessment – i.e. subject area), the amount of research income, number...
Peter A. Lawrence56
Estimated H-index: 56
(University of Cambridge)
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Michael Taylor11
Estimated H-index: 11
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council),
Pandelis Perakakis12
Estimated H-index: 12
,
Varvara Trachana8
Estimated H-index: 8
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council)
Science is in a state of siege. The traditional stage for scientific ideas through peer- reviewed academic journals has been hijacked by an overpriced journal monopoly. After a wave of mergers and take-overs, big business publishing houses now exercise economic control over access to knowledge and free scientific discourse. Their 'all is number' rationale, made possible and perpet- uated by single-parameter bibliometric indices like the Impact Factor and the h-index has led to a measurement of s...
Linda Butler17
Estimated H-index: 17
(ANU: Australian National University)
Australia is about to move to a new system of distributing government block grants for research among universities, with the introduction of a process similar to Britain's Research Assess- ment Exercise (RAE). One of the most significant departures from the current RAE model is that, in the Australian Research Quality Framework, peer judgements will be informed by quantitative per- formance measures, including bibliometrics. The data will not be used in any formulaic way, but will sit alongside ...
Published on Feb 1, 2008in Scientometrics 2.77
Alastair G. Smith10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Victoria University of Wellington)
Google Scholar was used to generate citation counts to the web-based research output of New Zealand Universities. Total citations and hits from Google Scholar correlated with the research output as measured by the official New Zealand Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) exercise. The article discusses the use of Google Scholar as a cybermetric tool and methodology issues in obtaining citation counts for institutions. Google Scholar is compared with other tools that provide web citation data: ...
Published on Jan 1, 2008in Pacific Conservation Biology
M.C. Calver23
Estimated H-index: 23
,
Kate A. Bryant8
Estimated H-index: 8
We analysed Pacific Conservation Biology's authorship and readership from 1993-2007 to quantify who publishes in the journal, who cites the journal, how the journal compares to other conservation journals and whether there are trends in authorship and useage over time. Authors came from Australia (73%, represented in 15 of 15 years), the Americas (Canada, USA and South American countries) (12%, represented in 13 of 15 years), New Zealand (8%, represented in 14 of 15 years), other Pacific and Asi...
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Curtin University),
Philip W. Bateman23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Curtin University)
+ 1 AuthorsGrant Wardell-Johnson24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Curtin University)
Published on Dec 1, 2018in Scientific Reports 4.01
Leanda Denise Mason3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Curtin University),
Grant Wardell-Johnson24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Curtin University)
+ 1 AuthorsPhilip W. Bateman23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Curtin University)
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This paper examines the national and international growth of prehistoric archaeology in Italy from 1875 to 2000. A bibliometric approach is proposed for a case study of a scientific discipline, language and period that are poorly represented in current bibliographic databases. These constraints led to the generation of a data set with articles from 5 journals (2842 articles and 1221 unique authors). Publication language and author nationalities were manually included in the data set. Journal int...
Published on May 1, 2018in Scientometrics 2.77
M.C. Calver23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Murdoch University),
Kate A. Bryant8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Murdoch University),
Grant Wardell-Johnson24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Curtin University)
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Mohammadamin Erfanmanesh6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UI: University of Isfahan),
Abrizah Abdullah13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Information Technology University)
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Published on Jan 14, 2018in Pacific Conservation Biology
Grant Wardell-Johnson24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Curtin University),
Sarah Luxton (Curtin University)+ 3 AuthorsSerene Kennedy (Curtin University)
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Published on Dec 12, 2017in PLOS Biology
Johanna Espin2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UF: University of Florida),
Sebastian Palmas1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UF: University of Florida)
+ 15 AuthorsCandice Prince1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UF: University of Florida)
The scholars comprising journal editorial boards play a critical role in defining the trajectory of knowledge in their field. Nevertheless, studies of editorial board composition remain rare, especially those focusing on journals publishing research in the increasingly globalized fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Using metrics for quantifying the diversity of ecological communities, we quantified international representation on the 1985–2014 editorial boards of 24 envi...
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Biological Conservation 4.45
M.C. Calver23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Murdoch University),
Barry Goldman2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Australian Museum)
+ 1 AuthorsRichard T. Kingsford37
Estimated H-index: 37
(UNSW: University of New South Wales)
Conservation biologists seek as much information as possible for evidence-based conservation actions, so they have a special concern for variations in literature retrieval. We assessed the significance for biological conservation of differences in literature retrieval across databases by comparing five simple subject searches in Scopus, Web of Science (WoS) (comparing two different subscriptions), Web of Science (Core Collection) (WosCC) (comparing two different subscriptions) and Google Scholar...
Published on May 5, 2017in bioRxiv
Johanna Espin2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UF: University of Florida),
Sebastián Palmas-Pérez1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UF: University of Florida)
+ 15 AuthorsCandice Prince1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UF: University of Florida)
The scholars comprising journal editorial boards play a critical role in defining the trajectory of knowledge in their field. Nevertheless, studies of editorial board composition remain rare, especially those focusing on journals publishing research in the increasingly globalized fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Using the combined membership of N = 24 editorial boards of environmental biology journals, we tested for changes in the international representation among ed...