Every year, when new magazine impact factors are published, dozens of magazines are suppressed, and once suppressed, there is no impact factor for at least two years, which means that for some writers who have to consider impact factors, there is always a certain risk. Some students told me that this is almost a gamble, because if a magazine with a good score is suppressed, For graduate students in some schools, if their papers, which have worked hard for many years, are accepted by such magazines, it is almost a disaster. So how to avoid this kind of disaster has become a problem that some teachers and students must consider. Here are some simple ways to identify high-risk journals.
A new promotion magazine with rapidly growing scores. If there is no special operation, it is difficult for a magazine to double every year, so some magazine scores increase too fast, then you should be cautious. In particular, some journals in non-popular areas should be careful when this happens. Under normal circumstances, journals that have been included for more than 10 years have relatively high safety, and they have just been included for about 5 years.
Journals that publish fewer papers. In particular, journals in relatively popular fields, but with a relatively small number of papers, tend to be less successful. For a carrier-class journal like Plos One, it is almost impossible to increase the impact factor by operation. In general, it is difficult to operate a magazine with more than 300 articles per year, and it can publish so many papers, which can itself explain the problem. If you can't search it yourself, you just need to look at the number of papers published in the impact factor published each year. More than 300 can be used as a basic security line, generally the more the number of security is higher. It is worth noting that for some relatively obscure fields, perhaps the top journals do not have many papers, which is a different matter. In a sense, journals in less popular fields are relatively safe (right?). .
Generally, large journals are safer. Under normal circumstances, most of the suppressed journals are self-employed journals, and most of the self-employed are journals belonging to an academic institution in a certain country. Large academic institutions generally have a relatively standardized and consistent management model, which belongs to the audit, and the survival pressure of the magazine is relatively small. However, the operation score is usually carried out by academic editors, because the magazine owner and the editor are not the same department. In order to maintain academic independence, large academic institutions dare not ask academic editors to do such indecent things as operation score, so the probability is relatively small. For example, BMC has nearly 200 journals that are included in SCI, although there are many small journals, but the security is relatively high.
Journals of academically underdeveloped regions. This situation is mainly due to the fact that these countries and regions pay more attention to the number of impact factors, and it is easier to operate. Of course, specific to a certain journal, there are individual chief editor's personal behavior can also lead to the incident. Not a few, either.
Journals between 2-5 points. Very low generally do not have much desire, often also shows that more honest, very high scores, either relatively cautious, or very smart, even if there is an operation, it is more than a side ball, generally there is no way to sanction, so it is relatively safe.
In short, a safe journal is a published, large or high-score journal. Don't look for new 5-point journals just for the sake of grades. Once you hit it, you'll never regret it. This article is a personal view, there may be improper, welcome to correct.