International Diversity

Thomson Reuters editors look for International Diversity among the contributing authors and the journal's editors and Editorial Advisory Board members. This is particularly important in journals targeting an international audience. Today's scientific research takes place in a global context and an internationally diverse journal is more likely to have importance in the international community of researchers.

As the global distribution of Web of Science expands into virtually every region on earth, the importance of regional scholarship to our emerging regional user community also grows. Selection criteria for regional journals are the same as for international journals although citation analyses play a somewhat different role in the outcome.

For example, the importance of the regional journal would be measured more in terms of the specificity of its content. Will it enrich our coverage of a particular subject or provide studies with a specific regional perspective?

Many excellent regional journals target a local rather than an international audience. therefore, the emphasis on extensive international diversity is less than for internationally focused journals.

All regional journals selected must be publishing on time, have English- language bibliographic information (title, abstract, keywords) and be peer reviewed. Cited references must be in the Roman alphabet.