Re: [xmca] Publish and/or Perish

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at>
Date: Fri Jul 04 2008 - 15:04:59 PDT

The BIG down side is total assimilation to the existing mainstream, David.

I personally suggest a multi-valenced approach that includes ISI highly
rated journals and
deviant ones, like MCA.

Michael left out part of the GOOD news. MCA has a rating that should win it
ISI inclusion by year's end.

I assume the PLAY article for discussion made it to everyone. People reading
this weekend?

On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 1:50 PM, David Preiss <> wrote:

> As a young scholar, I totally ENDORSE this petition, Michael. Indeed, I
> have always thought that MCA`s influence and intellectual appeal is not
> commensurate to its lack of inclusion in ISI. Alas, ISI! No chance but to
> play according to its rules, I guess.
> david
> On Jul 4, 2008, at 4:39 PM, Wolff-Michael Roth wrote:
> Hi all,
>> Mike and I have had a conversation off line. He suggested I should write
>> to the list. It concerns the increasing pressure on all of us to publish in
>> "good" journals, and universities increasingly use as a measure the presence
>> and impact factor ranking in ISI Web of Science as a measure. This is
>> especially true for Asian countries and other countries. With my graduate
>> students, we always make selections based on this criterion, because I want
>> them to be successful in their home countries and careers.
>> In the sciences, this has long been common practice; now the social
>> sciences are swept up by the same trend. I have recently been bombarded by
>> publishers whose journals have increased in their impact factor.
>> Furthermore, there are a number of companies that make the rankings of their
>> journal a key bit of information on the website.
>> (Some of) You may be asking what this has to do with you. Well, since I
>> have been editing journals (besides MCA, I also do CULTURAL STUDIES OF
>> asked by new faculty members about rejection rates, rankings, etc. And I
>> have been asked by department heads and deans as well.
>> Some may decide to opt out, which would come with dire consequences for
>> many, who might find themselves in the position of not being tenured or
>> promoted.
>> Unfortunately, we (MCA) currently are not in ISI Web of Science, which
>> places those of you who publish in the journal in an unfortunate situation.
>> One of the ways in which you, the community as a whole can be proactive
>> producing the conditions that would convince ISI to make MCA one of the
>> listed and ranked journals is to make it a habit to cite RECENT articles you
>> have been reading in MCA. Here is why:
>> The impact factor for 2007 (which is what was made available just a few
>> days ago), for example, is calculated using the following formula:
>> Number of citations in 2007 referencing articles
>> published in 2005 and 2006
>> impact factor =
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Number of citable articles published
>> in 2005 and 2006
>> (They may not take into account self-citation, but I am not sure)
>> So the impact factor is 1 when a journal had 60 references from the
>> outside while having published 60 articles (over 2005 and 2006).
>> You see, as a community, you can help yourself by citing MCA work in other
>> journals. With high rankings, MCA will be included in ISI and then you and
>> your peers will be rated higher at your institution because it is part of
>> ISI.
>> Have a nice weekend all of you,
>> Sincerely,
>> Michael
>> Wolff-Michael Roth, Editor-in-Chief
>> Email:
>> Journal:
>> Submissions:
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