Cambridge Social Science Citation Index
Scholarly Journal Listing
Widely Recognized/Elite Journals
The policy establishes the criteria for selecting journals for inclusion in CSSCIís Directories of Publishing Opportunities. Inclusion in CSSCIís Directories is by invitation only. The Directories Review Board uses the criteria to evaluate all journals for indexing in the Directories.
STANDARDS AND CRITERIA
The following criteria are used to evaluate and qualify journals for inclusion in CSSCIís Directories:
The audience for all publications indexed in CSSCIís Directories includes academics, administrators, business persons, counselors, librarians, practicing teachers, and/or practitioners.
To be considered for inclusion in CSSCIís Directories, journals must be directly related to the fields covered by the database. The database spans all aspects of accounting, economics and finance, management, marketing, educational curriculum and methods, education psychology and administration, educational technology and library science, psychology and psychiatry, computer science and business information systems, health administration, nursing, mathematics, astronomy, biological science, chemistry, geology, oceanography, physics.
Sponsorship by professional associations and organizations, and government agencies is considered, but not required, in the evaluation process. Preference for inclusion in CSSCIís Directories is given to journals with such sponsorship. The following information is considered in the evaluation of institutions, associations, and organizations: History of the organization; Membership of the organization, in size and credentials; Structure, composition, and credentials of the governing body; Organizational activities; Publications and associated editorial policies
To be considered for inclusion in CSSCIís Directories, journals are subject to the following criteria:
Objectivity: Articles published in the journal must be verified by a review process.
Integrity: Articles published in the journal must be sufficiently protected from unauthorized modifications or falsifications.
Utility/Importance: Articles published in the journal must be relevant to current priorities in its field and be of interest to the academic community.
Substantive Merit: Articles published in the journal must be professional and/or definitive.
Journals considered for inclusion are also subject to review of their editorial and peer-review policies and processes. All of a journalís content, apart from any editorial material that is clearly marked as such, shall be subjected to peer review. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field who are not part of the journalís editorial staff. This process, as well as any policies related to the journalís peer review procedures, shall be clearly described on the journalís web site. Specific considerations and requirements include:
The full names and affiliations of the journalís editors must be provided on the journalís web site as well as contact information for the editorial office; Editorial boards or other governing bodies must be comprised of members who are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journalís scope; Comprehensive written editorial policies must be clearly stated on the journalís web site; Fidelity to ethical guidelines; Adherence to editorial conventions; Publication history of the journal: Opportunity for authors to receive comments made by reviewers; Methods of article selection and/or invitation; Anonymous peer-review employing at least two reviewers per article is preferred; Selectivity, as indicated by acceptance rates for submitted articles;
1. Any fees for reviewing and/or publishing in the journal are clearly stated on the journalís web site in a place that is easy for potential authors to find prior to submitting their manuscripts for review. If there are no charges to authors, this should also be clearly indicated on the journalís web site.
2. Methods of journalís finance and revenue sources are clearly stated on the journalís web site, for example, author fees, subscriptions, reprints, institutional/organizational support, government subsidy, membership dues, advertising charges, fee based, etc.
3. The way(s) in which the journal and individual articles are available to readers and whether there are associated subscription or pay per view fees shall be stated.
1. Comprehensive written copyright and licensing policies must be clearly stated on the journalís web site.
2. Comprehensive written open access licensing policy must be clearly stated on the journalís web site.
3. Comprehensive written publication ethics policies regarding research misconduct, conflicts of interest and malpractice must be clearly stated on the journalís web site.
4. Comprehensive written article retraction/correction policy must be clearly stated on the journalís web site.
5. Comprehensive written archiving policies in the event that the journal is no longer published must be clearly stated on the journalís web site.
6. Journals shall state their advertising policy if relevant, including what types of ads will be considered, who makes decisions regarding accepting ads and whether they are linked to content or reader behavior (online only) or are displayed at random.
1. The journal name shall be unique and not be one that is easily confused with another journal or that might mislead potential authors and readers about the journalís origin or association with other journals.
2. Information about the ownership and/or management of a journal shall be clearly indicated on the journalís web site. Publishers shall not use organizational names that would mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journalís owner.
3. Full contact information for the journal is clearly visible on the web site including a business address.
4. Clear and detailed ďInstructions for AuthorsĒ are present on the web site and easily located from the homepage.
5. ISSNís are required and will be verified.
6. All journals shall have a clear and functioning web site. Additionally, a journalís web site shall be free of: grammatical errors, prominent misspellings and/or non-functioning links.
7. A complete list of abstracting and indexing services that cover the journal will be examined and verified.
8. ICMJE,WAME, COPE, OASPA membership and/or other organizations regarding ethics in research and publication will be considered.
9. Any direct marketing activities used by the journal shall be unobtrusive and appropriate.
10. Legal status of the publishing organization shall be disclosed, for example, whether it is a privately-owned or public company, a not-for-profit organization or a charity.
11. Whether or not the journal utilizes a plagiarism screening tool will be considered.
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