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Journals Directory is one of the largest databases of scholarly journals that offer a gateway to quality literature. The wide span of research disciplines strives to cover the most extended range of journal titles. With thousands to millions of titles being published worldwide, a unique selection criterion has been designed for the choice and inclusion of any title.

The Inclusion criterion into Journals Directory is comprehensive and is laid down on the following guidelines:

One image Basic Inclusion Criteria
Two image JD Impact Factor Assesment

Stage one: Basic Inclusion Criteria

The basic inclusion criteria highlights upon the list of factors, basis which the journal would be assessed and specifies the minimum requirements, but not being limited to, for a journal.

FACTORS
  • How the journal is seeking to add value to the academia
  • Does the journal offer full-text access to its readers and attempt to simplify dissemination of scientific work
  • How far does the journal reach in reference of demographic factors
  • Which review process does the journal follows
  • What is the journal’s acceptance rate
  • For eJournals, how are the articles archived
  • Whether the journal provide authors the option of self-archiving
  • Whether the Copyright retains with the author
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • The Journal must have an ISSN number, whether print or online.
  • The Journal title must publish an English language title entailing at least research abstracts in the same English language.
  • Issues must be timely published, with a minimum of one issue published every year.
  • There should be diversity in the affiliations of the Editorial Board members.
  • The Journal must be a minimum of two years old, with at least two issues each year.
  • The Journal must follow some quality control measure, such as peer review process.

These points give effect to the inclusion of any Journal title to the Journals directory but for an impact factor measure, the title’s assessment journey is a way long. This brings into picture the advanced evaluation procedure to critically assess the quality of a journal.

Stage Two: Basic Inclusion Criteria

JD Impact Factor is a quantitative evaluation of the scientific communication with focus on multiple measures. Its evaluation aims to provide a unique outlook for journal comparison and quality check. This technical measure entails, not only the fraction of total citations to a journal article, but also takes into consideration the quality of content the journal holds and also, as to which research domain it belongs to.
The number of factors upon which the JD Impact Factor evaluation is based are briefed below:

The metric is defined into the following stages:

01
Step
For a journal’s evaluation, after its inclusion to the directory, the first pick is the gathering of the journal’s metadata which comprises of the number of volumes published by the journal, frequency of issues, number of articles per issue, affiliations of the authors, and the article titles to assess the research scope with reference to the journal’s scope.
02
Step
The journal’s metadata is the most influential source of quality assessment. Hence, all the data collected in the preceding stage is analyzed as weighted average, with different weights assigned to each variable of journal’s metadata. The average is assessed through an algorithm that assigns a relative score to each variable and calculates a weighted average.
03
Step

Further the process involves collection of information available at five international journal databases, namely,

  • imageGoogle Scholar
  • imageDOAJ
  • imageCrossRef
  • imagePubMed
  • imageResearch Gate

This information is used in two ways; one is that, each of these indexes hold a percentage which is credited to the journal’s impact factor score board, if the journal is found listed with the index. In the other way round, the information gather from the sources is used for assessment of the quality and the citation count of articles. The weighted average score is evaluated the second time using the weights assigned to each of these indexes.

04
Step
This is the final step where the both of the above calculated weighted scores for all the journals, representing a common research domain, are arranged in the order of smallest to largest. The final score is evaluated in percentile, basis which the journal’s impact factor is decided.


The complete evaluation and allocation of JD Impact Factor score consumes not less than a month, post the submission of JD Impact Factor evaluation survey.

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