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Journal Ranking based on Publication Difficulty Factors (JRpDF): A Proposed Mathematical Algorithm

Version 1 : Received: 29 August 2018 / Approved: 29 August 2018 / Online: 29 August 2018 (13:10:13 CEST)

How to cite: Al-Jaghoub, S.; Al-Yaseen, H. Journal Ranking based on Publication Difficulty Factors (JRpDF): A Proposed Mathematical Algorithm. Preprints 2018, 2018080497 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0497.v1). Al-Jaghoub, S.; Al-Yaseen, H. Journal Ranking based on Publication Difficulty Factors (JRpDF): A Proposed Mathematical Algorithm. Preprints 2018, 2018080497 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0497.v1).

Abstract

Academic publishing appears to be the most important key of the academic functions (academic research, excellence in teaching and learning and community services). Selecting the right journal to publish research results is a challenge to academics. Yet, there is inadequate knowledge about a model specifically directed at the topic of the journal selection process with a mathematical certainty. The objectives of this research are: to identify the main factors that an author or researchers consider when selecting an academic journal for submitting a manuscript, and, to develop a mathematical algorithm of journal selection that provide the best journal choice with a mathematical certainty based on difficulty of each factor. Quantitative research through questionnaires has been applied as an appropriate instrument base to address the researcher’s identification of the factors that should be considered when selecting a journal. Questionnaire developed and emailed to academics in 31 public and private universities in the developing countries. Academics reported that the most important publication difficulty factors were publishing in reputable journals, and publishing in a journal that has an impact factor. However, the most least publication difficulty factors were found to be: number of issues per year and if the journal is an open access. The proposed mathematical algorithm of journal’s publication difficulty factors was developed and tested.

Subject Areas

Journal ranking; Publication; Mathematical Algorithm; Academic Research; Promotion; Quantitative; Developing Countries.

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