UOC scholarly journals

Connecting knowledge openly

Keywords: scientific journals, prestige, quality indicators, DORA Declaration, impact, visibility, open access, transparency

Abstract

Inspired by the DORA Declaration's recommendations regarding the transparency and contextualization of research output's impact data, we have created a poster displaying the complete set of data and indicators for all academic journals published, coedited or sponsored by the UOC. This visual representation is also intended as a way of presenting evidence of scholarly journals' capacity to create and build an international knowledge network. In the process, this helps to publicise and position the prestige of universities and their academic staff and quality values within the framework of scholarly communication.

The figures are grouped into four categories:

  1. The first data group provides a description of the academic staff network involved in the journals' publication (authors, reviewers and members of the editorial boards). The figures show the number of people for each type of academic post and staff distribution by gender and by country.
  2. The second group is a geomap that combines data from two different dimensions: number of site visits per country and number of academic staff members per country.
  3. The third group of data shows the academic impact figures. They are basically the total number of citations reported in Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar, and the main indexing achievements.
  4. The fourth group provides information on the journals' general engagement capacity based on data gathered from social media networks and web traffic.

In summary, the aim of this type of information graphic is to demonstrate scholarly journals' capacity to boost prestige, knowledge and research dissemination within a quality-controlled framework.

Author Biographies

Maria Boixadera, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Her work helps the UOC's scientific journals achieve maximum quality, visibility and impact. She provides support in the academic aspect in establishing strategies, criteria, editorial policies and indicators, in accordance with the objectives set by the management for the journal in question. Accordingly, she is also responsible for deciding the production workflow that best aligns with each journal's reality and budget, and coordinates the editorial production process. Lastly, she provides support and monitors the metrics, the key activity data and the statistical reports. In the area of user assistance, she is responsible for user training and attends to problems on the Open Journal Systems platform, liaising with the tool's technology supplier. In addition, Maria draws up editorial policies and gives form to new projects that contribute to disseminating the UOC's knowledge and scientific output and she assists in shaping the UOC's outreach projects.

Clara Riera, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Library for Research, Director

She coordinates the research support services team. Her responsibility is to ensure successful performance of all the assignments received by the team with respect to the different stages of research processes and the management of academic journals.

She is also in constant contact with other departments of the University, in order to implement new services and initiatives, develop new proposals or follow up cross-disciplinary projects, always in line with the UOC's Strategic Plan: specific plans implemented by UOC R&I, the research centres and the faculties.

Published
2019-09-23