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Vol 3, No 1-2 (2018)
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Original Papers 

6-12 1997
Many of the techniques that are used in business to improve quality could be applied to scholarly journals to improve those processes that are under the editor’s control. Improving quality involves a number of steps: Identifying the key performance indicators (KPI) that determine quality for your customers; Documenting your procedures; Doing what you say you will do; Monitoring the KPIs and Continually reviewing the procedures to improve quality. This can lead to a beneficial re-examination of the relationships between the different participants (actors) in the publication system. This article examines how editors (in all subject disciplines) can maintain and improve the quality of their journals by adopting a systematic approach to quality improvement. The article forms part of a resource on Journal Quality that is being developed for the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE). Together with a set of worksheets it gives editorial staff an opportunity to relate the techniques to their own journal and to produce an action plan that they can take back to their editorial office.
13-25 1867

Formal, methodological and content-related compliance with the international databases’ standards are required for Russian peer-reviewed journals to be indexed with Scopus and Web of Science. Judging by the experience of the recent years, Russian peer-reviewed journals as well as Russian scientists find difficulties in integrating studies into the international databases. Russia’s journals focused on social sciences and humanities are facing most barriers due to a number of historic reasons: a gap in the country’s individual segment in the world science covering the period of Marxism underpinnings in social sciences and humanities; falling behind the world achievements in sciences directed by the Soviet prevailing ideology; the lack of ethically supported and academically shared competitiveness in the Russian peer-reviewed journal market; an overweighted share of non-original research with dubious contribution to science development. The breakthrough in the field may be caused by intensified competitiveness among Russian peer-reviewed journals, a breakaway from unscrupulous publishing practices towards journals’ changed approaches to the quality of published articles, and authors’ renewed attitude to conducting and documenting the results of their studies. The journals are to transfer from non-original and semi-structured science-like essays to original theoretical and empirical articles, with methodically based and discoursively appropriate structures typical of the world academic community. The article is based on the author’s research of about 800 theoretical and empirical articles published in English in high-metrics sources indexed with the international databases. The author suggests a model adapting international expertise forRussia’s present-day situation, gives detailed recommendations to journal editors and authors relating to articles on social sciences and humanities written in Russian, which enable to efficiently promote Russian journals in their indexation with the international databases

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The author analyze Russian journals indexed in Web of Science Core Collection and their bibliometric indicators of new issue of Journal Citation Reports (JCR-2017). The indicators used in Journal Citation Reports are described including the methodology changes in new release. The reasons of relatively low ranking of Russian journals are discussed and the ways for development of national journals are proposed. 

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Peer-review is of utmost importance in the course of scientific work for expert evaluation allows checking the validity of acquired data as well as make the style of the work in question more appropriate for the target audience. Out of the three existing types of peer review the double-blind one is dominant among Russian scientific journals. The question of its possible substitution by open review, however, has become the focus of numerous discussions rather often of late. The current article deals with the concept of open peer review that has formed inRussiaas opposed to the European one, illustrated by Elsevier’s project of publishing full texts of reviews. The perspectives of such a type of expert evaluation are investigated as well as challenges that might arise when introducing into Russian editorial and publishing practice. 

Original Papers. Translations 

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To address the complexities researchers face during publication, and the potential communitywide benefits of wider adoption of clear data policies, the publisher Springer Nature has developed a standardized, common framework for the research data policies of all its journals. An expert working group was convened to audit and identify common features of research data policies of the journals published by Springer Nature, where policies were present. The group then consulted with approximately 30 editors, covering all research disciplines within the organisation. The group also consulted with academic editors, librarians and funders, which informed development of the framework and the creation of supporting resources. Four types of data policy were defined in recognition that some journals and research communities are more ready than others to adopt strong data policies. As of January 2017 more than 700 journals have adopted a standard policy and this number is growing weekly. To potentially enable standardization and harmonization of data policy across funders, institutions, repositories, societies and other publishers, the policy framework was made available under a Creative Commons license. However, the framework requires wider debate with these stakeholders and an Interest Group within the Research Data Alliance (RDA) has been formed to initiate this process. 

Case Studies 

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Scientific publication has come a long way of development: from treatises and correspondence of scientists to articles in the up-to-date peer-reviewed journals. And today the acceptance or not acceptance of the work by the scientific community largely depends on the edition in which the article is published. Publication in a reputable international scientific journal has certainly more chances of success and circulation in the professional environment. In recent years, the policy of active integration of Russian scientific journals in the world of science as the required measure for further development. Scientific journals and authors of publications are changing their views in accordance with new the international requirements, the structure of articles, their design and promotion tools are changing. Scientists around the world are interested in successful scientific communication through the well-known reputable journals that meet all international requirements and have high scientometric indicators. The article review provides the analysis of trends in the development of the scientific publications and journals, the process of integration of Russian scientific knowledge into the international information space. On the example of the scientific and production journal «Occupational Safety in Industry» the changes are shown in the journals seeking to reach the international level. Large-scale work is being carried out to increase the international prestige of Russian scientific articles and journals for successful entry into the global scientific space.

Guidance Papers 

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A correct indexing of a scientific journal in international scientometric databases, to a large extent, is determined by whether its contents are arranged according to international publishing standards. A sufficient quality of the journal design and article layout, a correct arrangement of all article elements, the completeness of English-language metadata, as well as other publishing aspects are taken into account by the editorial policy and reflect a journal preparedness for the international level. These aspects also affect the process of expert evaluation of a journal applying for inclusion in international scientometric databases. A high level of these characteristics is important for those journals that are already being covered, with the aim of maintaining their status and not losing data as a result of indexing errors. The purpose of this article is to explain the importance of arranging journal contents in such a way to ensure its adequate indexing and better visualization. Recommendations are provided concerning the correct arrangement of all necessary journal elements. 

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