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Re: [xmca] FW: MCA on Thompson Reuters ISI list


The ISI listing was a process started in Michael Roth's tenure. While I personally don't have any strong feeling about the listing, I know that for a certain section of our valued community of authors it is important as it helps their academic career. I am happy that they will be happy that's all. But it certainly never influences either the editors or our reviewers in their assessment of articles.

While you make a generalisation whose truth is undeniable, I cannot accept that MCA reviewers can be tarred with such a brush. All of us are swimming against the stream, that is a fact.


David Kellogg wrote:
I don't really see how this is GOOD news, Andy. From my point of view, it builds the wall around MCA even higher, and makes it even less likely that I will ever be able to publish there. But I HAVE published in highly ranked impact factor journals, and I'm a reviewer for half a dozen of them, including several on the Thompson Reuters ISI list. I can tell you this: the vast majority of articles that pass through our review process and into our pages are what I would call pseudo-communicative acts. That is, they are designed to tell you things that you already know in such a way that you will recognize at a glance their versimilitude and erudition as a copy of your own. They are probably the biggest single reason for stagnation and attrition in professional knowledge, and if that is the kind of impact we are talking about, I rather hope our impact factor is as low as possible. I think this makes it more urgent than ever that the editors, and above all the reviewers, of MCA open their pages to genuinely communicative acts, of the sort xmca is made of, even if these are couched in terms that might seem glippant or flib to reviewers. I don't think we can measure the commitment of our writers to a scientific vision by lexical choice and style alone. If this isn't workable, perhaps we could greatly expand the "Commentary" section? Or how about a few cutting edge editorials? David Kellogg
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

--- On *Fri, 8/19/11, Andy Blunden /<ablunden@mira.net>/* wrote:

    From: Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net>
    Subject: Re: [xmca] FW: MCA on Thompson Reuters ISI list
    To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca@weber.ucsd.edu>
    Date: Friday, August 19, 2011, 4:50 AM

    I am one of the editors, Arthur, and we are learning all this from
    you! :)

    Bakker, A. (Arthur) wrote:
    > No, sorry, I don't. The Publisher writes: "next year MCA will
    receive its first ISI number and rank."
    > I know of other journals (e.g., Educational Research Review)
    that between the announcement of acceptance until citation reports
    there can be a considerable time lag (more than a year). But I
    have also heard impact factors of journals that were not yet on
    the ISI list (e.g., Educational Studies in Mathematics), so the
    publisher then has computed such figures themselves.
    > Anybody else? Editors of MCA?
    > Arthur
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu
    On Behalf Of Andy Blunden
    > Sent: vrijdag 19 augustus 2011 11:50
    > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
    > Subject: Re: [xmca] FW: MCA on Thompson Reuters ISI list
    > Arthur,
    > I found (today) MIND CULTURE AND ACTIVITY listed as a journal
    covered by
    > the Web of Science, Social Science Index, but I still could not
    find an
    > index, Impact Factor, or such like. Do you have any idea on how
    > rated MCA?
    > Andy Blunden
    > Bakker, A. (Arthur) wrote:
> >> Good news, confirmed by the publisher: MCA is now included in
    Thompson Reuters' Social Sciences Citation index (SSCI)
    >> Arthur
    >> My name is Jacob Harte, Editorial Assistant for Mind, Culture
    and Activity. I'd like to thank you for your interest and support
    for MCA.
    >> Recently I was forwarded your query and I'm proud to inform you
    that MCA is now included in Thompson Reuters' Social Sciences
    Citation index and next year will receive its first ISI number and
    >> Should you have any further questions please feel free to
    contact me directly.
    >> Kindly,
    >> Jacob
    >> Jacob Harte
    >> Editorial Assistant
    >> Education, Arts & Humanities
    >> Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
    >> 325 Chestnut St, Suite 800
    >> Philadelphia, PA 19106
    >> Phone: (215) 625-8900 ext. 379
    >> Fax: (215) 625-2940
    >> Email: jacob.harte@taylorandfrancis.com
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