Approximately 25 journal editors and editorial board members from journals across the subject areas joined us at Goodwood Park Hotel for the Editor Round Table on 22nd February.
The workshop started off with a welcome address by Lyndsey Dixon, Regional Editorial Journals Director, Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific. She gave a brief overview of the workshop agenda, and introduced the other speakers on the panel — Dr. David Green, Publishing Director – International; James Hardcastle, Senior Manager Product Analytics; and Wendy Wong, Journals Publisher – Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific.
Trends in academic publishing
Lyndsey Dixon presented on the current state of the academic publishing industry and predicted future trends. In industries like media and books publishing, there have been disruptions to industry giants and norms in the form of new platforms and technologies like Netflix, Amazon, etc. With the rise of sites like SciHub, has there been an appreciable effect on journal publishing?
Lyndsey discusses three possible scenarios:
1. The effects haven’t reached us yet.
2. The effects have reached us, but are unevenly distributed.
3. Journal publishing is unique – it will not be affected.
The publishing landscape
In his presentation, David Green spoke about the current publishing landscape, and how to deliver research impact to engage the target audience via networks. He spoke about the recent trends and developments in academic journal publishing, and how this impacts the evaluation of journal quality. He emphasized the importance of visibility, outreach, impact and public engagement, and touched on the different services and technologies and publishing models available, as well as research output trends.
Research quality: impact and engagement
James Hardcastle then spoke about several journal-indexing services, providing updates on Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters), the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and CiteScore, and explained briefly the journal evaluation process for inclusion in the ESCI and SCI/SSCIE. He also touched on other types of metrics in use, such as Altmetric.
Wendy presented a segment regarding journal development, and spoke in detail about two case studies, which was followed by a breakout session where the audience at each table discussed amongst themselves development issues pertaining to the journals they are affiliated with.
Some tips raised at the sharing session thereafter about raising the profile of a journal:
• Sharing or disseminating news when ‘hot’ articles are published
• Inviting renowned and respected authors to
submit papers — potentially increasing citations
• Having increased presence at conferences —whether standalone, or through links to relevant associations
• Encouraging Open Access publication — increases chances of greater exposure of articles
Lyndsey Dixon then spoke about ORCID, which provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers. In her presentation, Lyndsey explained what ORCID is, why it is important for journals, and touched on some of the problems that have arisen, for example, duplicate ORCIDs for the same researcher, the mass registration of ORCIDs for researchers in countries such as China, etc. With thanks to Nobuko Miyari, ORCID Regional Director Asia Pacific, who prepared the slides.
Feedback from attendees
We received positive feedback from guests: they found the topics relevant and useful, and appreciated the opportunity to share and discuss with other journal editors and editorial board members during the breakout session.