Department of Parasitology and Institute of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea.
Journal metrics, including total cites, impact factor, and Hirsch index were calculated or found from Scopus, SCimago Journal & Country Rank, and Web of Science on March 27, 2018.
The number of citable articles from 2013 to 2017 was 196, and that of non-citable articles was 157. The authors belonged to 25 countries. The editorial board members were from 33 countries. Total cites in Scimago Journal & Country Rank and Web of Science Core Collection in 2017 was 257 and 235, respectively. The cites per two years from Scimago Journal & Country Rank and the calculated impact factor from Web of Science Core Collection in 2016 were 1.353 and 1.382, respectively. The number of citing authors' countries in Web of Science Core Collection was 61. The number of citing journals in Web of Science Core Collection was 422. In 2016, the Hirsch index was 12 for Scimago Journal & Country Rank, and that in Web of Science Core Collection was 10.
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It is my great pleasure to analyze the journal metrics to confirm the promotion of the journal to an international readership. The purpose of this editorial is to clarify the position of the journal in the international scholarly journal market based on the results of journal metrics. Specifically, the following considerations were analyzed: number of citable and non-citable articles per year, distribution of authors' countries, distribution of editorial board members' countries, total cites, impact factor, citing authors' countries, citing journals, and the Hirsch index of the journal. These factors will be able to provide evidence for the progression of the journal.
Data were collected and counted from the journal homepage (http://www.bloodresearch.or.kr), Scopus, Scimago Journal & Country Rank, and Web of Science Core Collection on March 27, 2018. The subject journal issues had been published from 2013 to 2017. The previous title, the
A=Number of citable articles of the journal in 2015 and 2016
B=Number of cites to the journal's articles from 2015 and 2016 in the Web of Science Core Collection database in 2017
Impact factor for 2017=B/A
The number of cites per document (2 yr) is similar to the impact factor, but the database is different. The former is analyzed based on content from Scopus, and the latter is analyzed based on content from Web of Science Core Collection.
The Hirsch index is defined as “the number of papers with citation number ≥h, and it has index h if h of its Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np–h) papers have ≤h citations each” .
Fig. 1 presents the number of citable and non-citable articles. The number of citable articles from 2013 to 2017 was 196, and that of non-citable articles was 157. The authors' nationalities were distributed among 25 countries. Out of these, Korea had the highest number of authors, with 222 articles (62.9%). The next major countries were India (46), Italy (21), and the USA (14) (Fig. 2). The editorial board members were from 33 countries. Out of these, 52 members were from Korea, 13 from Japan, 10 from China, and 10 from the USA (Fig. 3). The total numbers of citations in Scopus and Web of Science Core Collection from 2013 to 2017 are presented in Fig. 4. At each database, the citations were marked as 257 and 235 in 2017, respectively.
The cites per two years in Scimago Journal & Country Rank and the calculated impact factor from Web of Science Core Collection are presented in Fig. 5. It ranked 71 out of 125 articles (43.2%) in the hematology category in Scimago Journal & Country Rank in 2016. With regard to the impact factor of journals published in 2016, 1.382 corresponded to 16.9% (58 out of 70) in the hematology category of Journal Citation Reports in 2016. Sixty-one countries of citing authors, as recorded in Web of Science Core Collection, are presented in Fig. 6. The USA, China, and Korea were the top ranking countries in terms of the number of citing authors. The number of citing journals in Web of Science Core Collection was 422. Of these,
In 2016, the Hirsch index was 12 for Scimago Journal & Country Rank and 10 for Web of Science Core Collection (Table 1).
The above-mentioned data show us that
Citations by journals that are mostly included in the hematology category tell us that the relevant journal is a hematology journal (Fig. 7). The Hirsch index (12 in Scopus and 10 in Web of Science Core Collection) indicated the quality level of the articles of
The most frequently cited type of published article is usually the review article . In the case of
What is the driving force behind the journal's progress? The editors' and board members' devotion to and sacrifices made for the journal may be the most important background. Based on the promotion of the research competency of the societies' members and submitters from all over the world, we can conclude that the quality of the journal has increased year by year. Besides the quality of each article, another very important environmental factor is exposure to researchers worldwide. Without rapid and broad dissemination of information through the internet, it is impossible for a journal to be used or cited by other researchers. As for the dissemination of the journal's content to the world, inclusion in PMC (PubMed Central) and PubMed was an event to be promoted to international journal. In order to be deposited in PMC, Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) XML production is mandatory . There is evidence that citations increased after the journal became a PMC journal . Furthermore, being indexed in Scopus also might have contributed to the citation and brand improvement of the journal.
What should be the next step to help readers and researchers who may use the articles and data of the journal? First, adopt “Check for updates” (formerly “Crossmark”), Funder registry (Fundref), and “text and data mining,” which have been provided by Crossref. “Check for updates” is a clarification of the recent status of the article because there may be errata, corrigenda, addenda, retractions, or other changes in the publication history. It provides recent information on the article's status . The funder registry is intended for funder identification. It will help funders trace the results of their support . Embedding “text and data mining” helps “facilitate access to the relevant corpus of content for researchers who are interested in mining academic publications produced by CrossRef members” . Second, I recommend the adoption of an author taxonomy policy to clarify each author's role in the study. It may reduce the number of gifted authors or ghost authors in the study. Readers are also able to contact the appropriate author from among all the co-authors for specific inquiries. Third, adoption of an open data policy is recommended for increasing the reproducibility of data analysis. Opening up data to readers and researchers will help to prevent falsification or sloppy science. “Sloppy science is the publishing of a scientifically flawed article although it is not categorized as research misconduct.” It is known to be a waste of journal space. Furthermore, it may cause bias in meta-analyses . Even if data were falsified, it would still be difficult to detect it. However, we, as editors, should trust researchers to provide the correct data. If data are analyzed inappropriately, raw data can be used to attempt to rectify the error during the review period or editorial process. One journal has already adopted an open data policy . Fourth, introduction of ORCID (Open Researchers and Contributors ID)  or the International Standard Name Identifier (http://www.isni.org/) is recommended for author verification. It can provide information on authors so that readers can contact the author with previous knowledge of his or her field. Fifth, registration of the journal in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is recommended  along with indexing in Medline.
Mr. Youngsuk Chi, President of Elsevier, spoke at the 3rd Asian Science Editors Conference and Workshop, Seoul, Korea, on July 20–22, 2016 as follows: “There are a lot of serious challenges on the horizon for our industry. However, three aspects that are true today are not going to change much in the near future: first, setting high standards for published content; second, developing a strong reputation over time; and third, maintaining a high level of accessibility to readers in the scientific community. These three points will not change because they are the fundamental reasons why journal editors have jobs in the first place” . Based on his suggestion, I drew a diagram to plot this international perspective (Fig. 8). Out of the three components, high standards and strong reputation may take some years to achieve; however, accessibility can be achieved immediately by providing various types of information on the journal homepage and by depositing to, registering in, or being indexed in a variety of scholarly literature databases including DOAJ and Medline.