Access & Dissemination of Information Group

1. Scope and Purpose

1.1 Overview about journal indexing and impact factor systems
1.2 Analysis of their relevance (e.g. for research, funding and library policy)
1.3 Development of guidelines and suggestions for effective application strategies with specific focus on (a) journals from developing countries and (b) non-English language journals.

2. Specific Tasks

2.1 List of major journal indexing and impact factor systems
2.2 Analysis of the relevance and impact of journal indexing and impact factor systems (e.g. for career prospects, research funding and library policy)
2.3 Requirements/criteria for the application process
2.4 Analysis of problems during the application process
2.5 Contact with major journal indexing and impact factor systems to discuss application problems
2.6 To develop guidelines and strategies for an effective application process with special focus on (1) journals from developing countries and (2) non-English language journals

3. Workplan

The working group has prepared a paper:

Description and journal selection criteria of major electronic abstracting and indexing databases [access via Members-Only pages)


We are currently in contact with Thomson Scientific (Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports) and Elsevier (Scopus) to discuss procedures for a better coverage of member journals by research information systems.

Gerhard Bühringer
10.08.2007

buehringer@ift.de







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