Impact Factor 2012

The new list (xls) for journals, impact factor and maximum ranking is available.
Maybe you can increase the number of target journals with this list. The
increase of impact is nice – the increase of submission options is much better.

Journalindex_2012
Best wishes

Jürgen

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Booklist scientific writing

Here you find a list of useful books with a short description of what you get there (before buying it). There are loads of books around – this is just a pre selection to make the choice easier for you. If you have any suggestions on other useful books, please leave a comment in the comment field.

Very best wishes,

Jürgen

Booklist Writing Jürgen Barth

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Polite or critique?

Sometimes you get feedback from a person in UK and you are not sure about the meaning between the lines. Question: what does “That’s not bad” really mean?

The answer on this question and some funny examples about the meaning can be found in a table summarised by the Telegraph. Visit page here.

Have fun

Jürgen

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Language exercises (free)

Some of you might want to improve style and grammar by exercises. This is initially time consuming but maybe in the long run it is worthwhile. Here you find a page for some exercises. Enjoy!

Best wishes,

Jürgen

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Rating of peer review process available

Waiting for decisions from peer review journals depends also on the quality (and especially speed) of the peer reviewers. In a kind of social network approach researchers can now share their experiences on a website: http://www.journalreviewer.org/

Maybe it is worth to look up the experiences of others before you start to submit to a specific journal.

Have a good choice – best Jürgen

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Does the “open access option” lead to more citations

Some journals offer the possibility for authors to make the publication available by open access. This is quite expensive option but maybe you asked yourself, if it is possible to get more cites in spending some money. In a recent study (OpenAccess and Readership ) the number of citations of open access vs. regular access (via the library or repositories) was compared. And: it does not make any difference.

Spend you money for some other nice things!

Best Jürgen

 

ps: The most citations you get from reviews which is not unexpected.

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Portable peer review

After the introduction of portable phones, portable computers and portable music we are now facing a new development “portable peer reviews”. However, this does not mean, that
you can take for rejections, revisions, acceptance letter whereever you want. It is rather a recyling of earlier peer reviews.

Biomed Central (BMC) and other publishers implemented now a tool to keep your earlier peer review comments for another journal (from a specific list of publishers). Such a procedure might speed up time to become accepted and might reduce work load for peer reviewers. However, peer reviewers have to accept to this procedure – and have to provide their name. Let’s hope that most of them agree to such a procedure.

More Information here. Comments welcome!

Best wishes

Jürgen

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Authorship guidelines published (GERMAN)

the Swiss Academies of Arts and Science has published guidelines for authors of
scientific publications (Akademien_Autorschaft-1). Topics like “who is author?”, “which position in a
list of authors is appropriate for whom?”, and “plagiarism” are discussed and
recommendations are mentioned.

For all of you within large collaborative networks
this document is especially worth reading.

An englisch and french version is also availble.

Best wishes,

Jürgen

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List of journals with impact factor

The selection of the target journal is an important step in the
publication process. You find with this link a list of journals
with the respective impact factors. With the excel sheet you
can select your discipline for an overview of relevant journals
in this field.

Have a good choice!

Best wishes

Jürgen

 

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Cover letter examples

Dear All,

today I want to share with you two examples of cover letters. Cover letters are an important first step to get the attention
of the Editor. If you are not able to tell the Editor in some sentences
what your paper is about, then you may go back to your conclusions.
The overall conclusions can help you to formulate the overall message
of you paper.

Please find the CoverletterExamples here.

Good luck with your submission,
best wishes

Jürgen

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