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SCOPUS application[edit | edit source]

In March 2017, the sister journal WikiJMed applied to SCOPUS. Although they noted that it is an interesting concept, it was rejected as not be yet fully worked through:

  • Not clear whether it would attract original articles or whether it is just a variant of Wikipedia on medical and health topics
  • The associate editors were self-nominated
  • The "publishing ethics" statement was merely a link to the COPE website

I think that WikiJSci is actually at a logical point for applying itself, since it now hits the application requirements and a few articles have just come out over the last month. Whilst the WikiJMed application is drafted over at that discussion page, I suggest we draft the WikiJSci application below.

Specific requirements[edit | edit source]

Per application form:

  1. Most recent articles (x9 PDF upload) or most recent issues (x3 PDF upload)
    • ...
  2. Table of contents for a complete issue (x1 PDF upload)
  3. Aims & scope
    • Adapted from WikiJournal_of_Science/About:
    • WikiJSci is an open access journal in STEM topics, published free of charge.
    • The journal aims to ensure accurate scientific information is published in a way that maximises its public good. The journal has a particularly strong outreach and public impact focus via it's 'Wikipedia-integration' features: Articles that pass peer-review are published as a citable, indexed PDF, and suitable text and images are integrated into Wikipedia and related projects (with a link to the indexed PDF). The vast readership of Wikipedia results in a high effective impact of included works. It therefore enables academic and research professionals to contribute expert knowledge to the Wikimedia movement in the academic publishing format that directly rewards them with citable publications. Peer reviews are published alongside articles for transparency and auditability.
    • The journal's scope is science, technology, engineering and mathematics, broadly construed. The journal publishes both review articles and original research in various formats. The journal targets a broad population spanning from advanced researchers and academics to students and laypersons, wherein the latter can get quick explanations of advanced terms by in-line links to Wikipedia.
  4. Start year of current title
    • 2017
  5. Has this title undergone any name changes, mergers or splits (prev. names and dates)
    • No (name change was before first publication)
  6. Contact emails
  7. Link to the publication ethics and publication malpractice statement
  8. Frequency
    • Continuous
  9. Average number of research articles and review articles published per year
    • 13 (12 over 11 months)
  10. Are all articles published in English
    • Yes
  11. Do all articles have English-language abstracts and article
    • Yes
  12. Do the articles have references in Roman alphabet
    • Yes
  13. Which type of peer review applies to this title (editor review / Open peer review / Single-blind peer review / Double-blind peer review)
    • Open Peer review
  14. Please provide a detailed description of the peer review process:
  15. What is the geographic distribution of editors of the title
    • International - different continents (different continent / same continent / same country / same institution)
  16. Please list some examples of countries of editors (if any countries predominate, please indicate)
    • Australia x2, Brazil, USA x7, Germany x2, UK x4, South Africa, Canada x2, Italy, France, India x2, Netherlands, Switzerland
  17. What is the geographic distribution of authors publishing in this title:
    • International - different continents (different continent / same continent / same country / same institution)
  18. Please list some examples of countries of authors (if any countries predominate, please indicate)
    • Israel, Singapore x3, USA x6, Australia x 7, Russia
  19. Provide information about the main handling editor(s) of the title (x3) : Name, affiliation, country, online professional information
  20. What is the geographic distribution of authors publishing in this title (different continent / same continent / same country / same institution)
    • International - different continents
  21. Is the title (co-)published on behalf of a scientific society
    • No
  22. Does the serial title have DOIs which are registered with CrossRef
    • Yes
  23. Is the title already indexed in other bibliographic databases
    • Yes
  24. Does this title offer open access to its full-text content (yes / no / yes+DOAJ)
    • Yes+DOAJ
  25. Other comments / remarks
    • Our sister journal, WikiJournal of Medicine, applied to SCOPUS in March 2017. Since we share the same format, we would like to note how those concerns have been addressed in the past two years.
      • In addition to encyclopedic reviews, original research articles are published (typically with a focus on science teaching, e.g. doi:10.15347/wjm/2015.004) as well as an editorial to introduce our intentions for the journal, doi:10.15347/wjs/2018.001. We also accept submission of figure and gallery articles as published in WikiJMed here and here.
      • Associate editors now apply with their credentials, and are now only brought on board after a vote. The voting process for associate editor applications has now been broaght in line with the same process for editorial boards.
      • We have a fully-developed publication ethics statement also vetted by COPE (membership number JM13664). In particular, this also outlines the journal's position on some of the unique features of its publication format (e.g. author expectations of content ownership after it is copied to Wikipedia)
    • Additionally we have improved our bylaws with advice from the WMF to make them more robust, and improved our public editorial guidelines to further improve transparency of our processes.
    • Finally, since March 2017, we believe that we have further developed the journal structure in all aspects. The editorial board includes members from a diverse range of academic expertise, as well as backgrounds in science communication, publishing and open-access and wikimedia projects. The journals aim for impact in scholarly citations, Altmetrics, and wide general public readership via integrating content into Wikipedia. Given the very wide reach of the articles (current readership >2.5 million per annum via Wikipedia) we are particularly cautious in our quality control. All plagiarism checks, peer reviews and editorial recommendations are public alongside the article.

SCOPUS Content policy and selection criteria[edit | edit source]

Journal Policy
  1. Convincing editorial policy
  2. Type of peer review
  3. Diversity in geographical distribution of editors
  4. Diversity in geographical distribution of authors
  1. Academic contribution to the field
  2. Clarity of abstracts
  3. Quality of and conformity to the stated aims and scope of the journal
  4. Readability of articles
Journal Standing
  1. Citedness of journal articles in Scopus
  2. Editor standing
Publishing Regularity
  1. No delays or interruptions in the publication schedule
    • Although vague, this is an area where WikiJournal processes can be improved. In general delays vary depending on the response rates of peer reviewers
Online Availability
  1. Full journal content available online
  2. English language journal home page available
  3. Quality of journal home page

Discussion[edit | edit source]

Now that WikiJSci is listed in DOAJ, I have made the submission to SCOPUS via the Title Suggestion form. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 06:17, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

As an update on this, I just emailed SCOPUS to check, and they stated that assessments are currently taking 6-12 months, so I'll check back in with them again next June if we don't hear anything sooner. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 10:04, 12 December 2019 (UTC)
The Scopus Title Evaluation Support team has just emailed to say that we need a publication history of at least 2 years before application. That places re-submission of the application in June of 2020. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 06:51, 16 December 2019 (UTC)