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Quality measures in journal publishing

Raga Sownthariya1
1 Department of English Studies, CHRIST (Deemed To be University), Bangalore, India


The Impact factor and peer review process are the most often talked measures when
considering the quality of the journal. This article looks upon how the quality of article is
looked from different viewpoints such as that from an author, editor, reader, reviewers etc
who have different standards and definition in measuring the quality of a scientific journal in
addition to the traditional measures.

Keywords: Quality, journal publishing, editor, reader, reviewers, measures

feedbacks are often expected by the authors. In addition to this

1. Introduction the author needs to be duly informed about the copyrights and
license policies. The author must be helped by the publisher in
People often talk about the quality of the journal mostly in
promoting his work by allocating a DOI to the article and
consideration with the impact factor and the peer review
providing links to access and share the article so that it has
process. The impact factor of a journal attempts to measure the
many readers.often talk about the quality of the journal mostly
quality of a journal in terms of its influence on the academic
in consideration.
community. In general, the higher the Impact Factor, the more
important and prestigious the journal within its particular
field. Similarly, the Peer review process done by the reviewers
looks for some standards and formats that are to be adopted by Journal editors are the ones who usually have to make an
the author to enhance the readability of the article. Here each initial decision on the suitability of a paper quickly. When first
manuscript is checked for plagiarism, and assessed carefully faced with a manuscript they usually look at the cover letter,
to determine if it fits the aims and scope of the journal. Apart abstract, conclusion and references. They use this to judge
from these two standards there are other measures where whether the submission is in scope for the journal and of
quality could be defined according to the reader, editor, sufficient impact. Editors are always trying to weigh up the
reviewer and so on. This article is an attempt to unfold the novelty and significance of a paper against the expectations of
different parameters associated with each of the person the readership and the impact of the journal. To maintain the
accessing the article or the journal in general. quality, they check whether the article is within the scope of
the journal, is novel and describes research that advances the
Quality Assessment by Authors field adds to an active research field, is carefully prepared and
formatted with all required sections present, uses clear and
The one important factor that every author looks for is the
concise language and also whether it follows ethical standards.
time taken by the journal in processing such as the interval
The editor must also have the ease of communication with the
between the submission and the time taken for either
authors, the reviewers and the publishers. Rather than
acceptance or rejection and the time between each review
checking for grammatical and typographical errors, he expects
process and later the speed in which the article is published
it to be done by the author himself so that he could concentrate
either online or print. The faster the pace of the journals
on areas which are crucial and complex.
response the higher is the rate of authors it attracts. Similarly,
the author also looks for the convenience in communication to
the editor or the board members throughout the process and
their convincing remarks, polite communications and valuable

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Quality according to reviewers consists in making their
work easy and since most often it is an unpaid job done by
experts in their spare time the ease and convenience are great
considerations and there should be a detailed guidelines and
checklist to submit the report rather than reviewers having it
to write in description. The articles sent to them should be pre
screened by the editors to ensure that the article is appropriate
to a particular journal and to filter inappropriate and inferior
articles on which reviewers need not waste their time.

Quality of the journal to the reader matters from the title,
quality of paper and the ability of the journal to direct the
attention of the reader to find topics to improve his research.
A reader expects that the journal has an interesting editorial
section which discusses on the most interesting article in the
journal and the topics focused mainly on the journal. A reader
expects the article to be current, contemporary and with the
ease of reading with all copy editing done perfectly. A clear
typesetting, layout, illustrations and tables will mark a great
parameter in consideration with quality for a reader. The
online access to the journals must be provided with simple
login steps and self-explanatory screens and the reader must
be able to find the desired articles without much procedures
and difficulties.

Librarians, too, want the journal’s content to be current,
with the minimum delay between submission or acceptance
and publication. They also want issues to appear regularly,
which means publishing on schedule; in fact, for librarians this
is probably more important than the length of each issue, since
they can otherwise waste a lot of time chasing issues which
appear to be missing but are, in fact, simply late. And they
want information – to be notified in good time of any foreseen
publication delays, down-time for the online journal, etc.

In addition to the traditional measures, such as peer review,
impact factors, and the reputation of the journal which
continue to be hallmarks within the academic community,
these standards, new techniques of journal ranking and a rising
interest in article-level assessment that are discussed above
helps to measure the quality of the journal. It becomes a
necessity for the publisher to meet the general standards of
assessment of quality depending on various people who are
going to access their journals.