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Julio-agosto de 2020, vol. 29, núm. 4
Investigación en Información y Comunicación / Information and Communication research


Letter. Research evaluation entities cause a shift of publication to Q1 journals

Félix De-Moya-Anegón

This article is available in open access

Abstract: In Scopus there are four times more documents in first-quartile publications than in fourth-quartile ones. Publishers intend to adjust the editorial supply to the demand from authors, which seems to focus primarily on Q1 publications. Since 44% of the papers are concentrated in Q1 journals, papers published in journals in this quartile will be more likely to exceed the global average of impact. To the extent that publications are in greater demand by authors, they tend to be absorbed in different ways by large publishing groups. It has not been the growth of the editorial offer that has caused this over-demand from authors, but rather the identification of part of the editorial offering by public regulators as reliable in the research evaluation processes, resulting in a concentration of demand for Q1 journals by researchers.

Keywords: Scientific journals; Scholarly communication; Scientific production; International rankings; Accreditation agencies; Public regulators; Research evaluation entities; Scopus.