Journal metrics

12th Apr 2012

Last week a new measure of the impact of a journal was launched: Google Scholar Metrics. So it seems like a good time to review the various metrics available for journals. Below I summarise six measures of journal impact: the impact factor (IF), 5-year IF, Google Scholar Metrics, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking. As part of the research for this post I have found out the metrics (except 5-year IF) for a sample... Read more

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A comparison of open access publication charges

27th Mar 2012

Having covered submission fees and other charges, it is about time I covered the main event, isn't it? I'm talking about open access publication fees, also known as author publishing charges (APCs) and many other names. This is a fee for making your article free for readers to read, and usually for them to download, distribute and do whatever they like with as well. What do you get for your money? Before agreeing to pay a fee to make your article open access, make sure you check the licence. True... Read more

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Journal submission fees: why are they so rare?

21st Mar 2012

In a previous post I discussed fees that journals charge for colour printing, per page or for supplementary material. All those fees are charged only to authors whose papers are accepted. Here I'll look at fees that are charged to the authors of all submissions, included those that are rejected. In 2010 a report on submission fees by Mark Ware was published by the Knowledge Exchange, a collaboration of the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) with similar organisations in Denmark, Germany... Read more

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