Last month, Taylor & Francis journal editors and editorial board members took part in three Editor Round Table events in Melbourne, Sydney and Stockholm, exploring the themes of research quality, impact and engagement, research integrity and journal development.
In Melbourne and Sydney, each day began with a welcome address by Sarah Blatchford, Regional Director for T&F Australasia, who explained the nature of the global arena and the importance of journals adapting to change in order to achieve visibility on the world stage.
Over in Stockholm, Global Publishing Director Leon Heward-Mills kicked off the day by talking through the changing landscape of academic publishing, and explained that publishers are adapting to provide more customer-centric services, adopting innovative technology and working with academics to understand and promote impactful research. A myriad of services now exists to enable and empower researchers to share their work with organizations, for example figshare, Kudos, and ORCID.
Research Quality: Impact and Engagement
At all three events, our Senior Manager on Product Analytics, James Hardcastle, led the discussion on updates in impact and engagement. James shared the following information with attendees:
- Clarivate Analytics – we expect to see few changes to processes in the short term but Editors will notice a change in branding.
- The ESCI now indexes 5,700 journals – read up about the benefits of the ESCI here.
- Elsevier has launched CiteScore which has a three-year citation window – Taylor & Francis Editors are free to promote their CiteScore on their journal homepage.
Different metrics are used by authors, institutions, readers and funders across the world and there are regional differences to keep in consideration, and so Editors must ensure they pick the right metric to focus on for their journal. The reputation of your journal is also a key metric and, ultimately, this is what will drive submissions and readership.
The Round Table in Sydney also featured a talk by Sarah Howard from the Australian Research Council entitled Impact and Engagement: update from the ARC. Sarah outlined the upcoming consultation rounds which will feed into the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submission process, and provided background information on the ARC’s work.
In the ‘post-truth’ world it’s more important than ever to protect the integrity of your journal and promote the understanding of ethics within your community. Deborah Kahn, Publishing Director, Medicine and Open Access, led a discussion on publishing ethics and the differences between the responsibilities of Authors and Editors: on our Editors Resources and Author Services sites we offer a comprehensive set of tools and advice on ethics and rights, but it’s also worth visiting the CrossRef and COPE websites for more information.
Digital Update on ORCID
ORCID’s Regional Director for EMEA, Matthew Buys, talked about the benefits of using an ORCID ID via video recording. Persistent IDs help authors identify their research and show their thought leadership within a discipline. This has positive effects for Editors as research is more discoverable and, therefore, more likely to be read and cited by the right people. Read more about our work with ORCID.
Practical tips to develop your Journal
At the Stockholm Round Table, we finished the day off with practical journal development tips for Editors:
- Attracting the Right Authors (Deborah Kahn)
- Attracting the Right Readers (Mel Phillips)
- Increasing Impact and Relevancy (Sarah Robbie)
- Examine your usage data – what are people reading within your discipline?
- Focus on emerging fields when identifying special issue proposals
- Engage with editorial board members who specialize in hot topics