Friday, October 23, 2015

Publication in High Impact Journals

As part of his scheduled activity, ARI's Visiting Professor Paul Barnes conducted a special workshop on "Publication in High Impact Journals".  He defines High Impact journals as journals that have been recognized internationally by the academic community and are often ranked highly by reputable indexing bodies.  The impact factor, often abbreviated IF, is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in science and social science journalsPublication in journals with a high impact factor is regarded as an indication of the quality of the research published and, by implication, the quality of its authors.
Not  surprisingly, publishing in highly ranked journals is an aspiration for most authors and often plays an important role in one’s own career prospects and progression. Yet, as more and more researchers aspire to publish in top rated journals, the competition gets tougher and the success rate far lower than publishing on low-impact journals. Two of the most used indexing bodies are SCOPUS and Thomson Reuters (ISI). Journals in these indexing bodies are often ranked as Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 - often as a result of some form of journal citation analysis.  In Australia for example, business academics are encouraged to published in "A" and "B"-ranked journals of the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) directory.  In his talk, Prof Barnes encourages researchers to present their papers at conferences, get feedback, review papers and then submit them to journals.