Challenging Proposals from European Scholars
Edited by Stephanie Dameron and Thomas Durand
Chapter 12: Journals and Journal Rankings
12. Journals and journal rankings Pierre-Jean Benghozi1 12.1 EIGHT PROPOSALS OF THE SFM2 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Proposal 1: Avoid a one-size-fits-all ranking list by promoting diverse journal rankings that are adapted to the scientific policies of each institution. Proposal 2: Contact all research institutions in order to collate and make public all journal ranking lists currently in use in France, and contact European partner associations for similar lists. Proposal 3: Include systematically online journals in journal rankings rather than restrict these to printed journals. Proposal 4: Encourage all institutions involved in producing journal rankings to publish them systematically with a guide for assessors – and authors – presenting the institution’s scientific policy regarding rankings: range of criteria for activity evaluation, rules applying to publications other than journals (books, journals in other disciplines, and so on), concrete assessment methods, and incentive policies. Proposal 5: Draw up a scoring card for each journal with the editors involved, making public their characteristics, editorial lines and general organisation such as: circulation and readership rates, scope of the field, types of articles accepted, acceptance rates, publication delays, assessment grids, relevance of published articles for practitioners, and degree of internationalisation. Proposal 6: Promote the professionalisation of reviewers and characterise the tasks involved, competencies required, methods of distribution of articles submitted for review, and response delays. This entails the need for institutional recognition of the work of reviewers (on the local level as well as the national and European one) and the improvement of the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of such work....
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