Practical steps to increase the visibility of an  academic journal:  A case study of the European Journal of Tourism  Research 

Stanislav Ivanov, Ph.D. Academic director International University College, Dobrich Editor-in-chief European Journal of Tourism Research Email: stanislav.ivanov@vumk.eu
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Agenda

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Journal visibility prerequisites Journal visibility activities Case study: European Journal of Tourism Research

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Journal visibility prerequisites

Journal language – English, other major international language, local language. – the supremacy of English in scientific literature – the role of language in increasing the readership Journal scope – narrow vs. broad journal scope – no-scope journals – annual books

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Journal visibility prerequisites

Editorial board – Institutional editorial board (members from the institution only) – Editorial board from Bulgaria only – International editorial board – degree of internationalisation Contributing authors – authors from the publishing institution only – authors from Bulgaria only – international authorship – degree of internationalisation

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Journal visibility prerequisites

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Peer-review process – house review vs. external review – blind vs. non-blind review – double-blind review Access to journal content – open vs. closed access journals – print vs. electronic journals Journal periodicity – regular vs. irregular periodicity – annual vs. more frequent periodicity

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Journal visibility activities

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Journal website – separate journal domain, subdomain/webpage in the main domain of the publisher Inclusion in electronic databases: - aggregators: EBSCO, ProQuest, CABI - online platforms: IngentaConnent, DeepDyve - abstract databases: Scopus (8 journals from Bulgaria), ISI Web of Knowledge - journal directories – Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) (31 journals from Bulgaria)

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Journal visibility activities

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Conferences – leaflets, complimentary hard copies, sponsorship, patronage, special issues Social media – Academia.edu, ResearchGate, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. Search engines – Google Scholar

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Case study: European Journal of Tourism Research

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Basic information Established in 2006 Publisher: International University College, Bulgaria First issue in 2008 1 volume per year consisting of 2 issues Current issue: 4(2) Types of publications: Research articles, Research notes, Case studies, Doctoral dissertation summaries, Book reviews

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Case study: European Journal of Tourism Research

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Journal language: English Journal scope: tourism, hospitality, leisure and event Editorial board: 52 members from 26 countries. Four editorial members from Bulgaria Contributing authors: journal is open to all researchers. IUC lecturers are not stimulated to publish in the journal in order to avoid conflict of interest

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Case study: European Journal of Tourism Research

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Peer-review process: double blind review Access to journal content: – closed access journal – print and online version at http://ejtr.vumk.eu

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Case study: European Journal of Tourism Research

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Journal visibility activities: Aggregators: EBSCO Hospitality and Tourism Complete, ProQuest Research Library, CABI Leisure, Recreation and Tourism Online platforms: DeepDyve Abstract databases: Scopus (forthcoming) Facebook page Google Scholar (via CABI) Conference patronage, sponsorship and special issues

Case study: European Journal of Tourism Research

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Why Scopus? Huge number of end users leading to higher visibility of the journal Ease of use Wide journal coverage End-users’ trust in the system – peer evaluation of journals prior to inclusion in Scopus

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