January 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Publisher Transparency Among Communications and Library and Information Science Journals: Analysis and Recommendations”

The following article was recently published by Publications 2021.

Title

Publisher Transparency Among Communications and Library and Information Science Journals: Analysis and Recommendations

Authors

Alexandre López-Borrull
Universitat Oberta de Cataluny, Spain

Mari Vállez
Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Candela Ollé
Universitat Oberta de Cataluny, Spain

Mario Pérez-Montoro
Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Source

Publications 2021
9(4), 54.
DOI: 10.3390/publications9040054

Abstract

The principal goal of the research study is to analyze the transparency of a selection of academic journals based on an analysis model with 20 indicators grouped into 6 parameters. Given the evident interest in and commitment to transparency among quality academic journals and researchers’ difficulties in choosing journals that meet a set of criteria, we present indicators that may help researchers choose journals while also helping journals to consider what information from the editorial process to publish, or not, on their websites to attract authors in the highly competitive environment of today’s scholarly communication. To test the validity of the indicators, we analyze a small sample: the Spanish Communications and Library and Information Science journals listed in the Scimago Journal Rank. The results confirm that our analysis model is valid and can be extrapolated to other disciplines and journals.

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