SCIENCE EDUCATION JOURNALS AND CITATION INDEXES: WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

TitleSCIENCE EDUCATION JOURNALS AND CITATION INDEXES: WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsProkop, P, Usak, M
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume7
Issue2
Start Page62
Date PublishedAugust/2008
Type of ArticleEditorial
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 870048
Keywordsacademic journals, citation index, science education
Abstract

We are now glad to release the second issue of the third volume. In this issue there are four articles, again from a diverse set of topics and regions of the globe. In the past seven years JBSE has become known by almost every colleague in our field. Thus, we are receiving an increasing number of manuscripts every month. We would like to take this opportunity and thank all of our authors and diligent reviewers.
We had gone through considerable difficulty to decide and choose articles for publication. We thank the members of the editorial board for doing the hard work in reviewing manuscripts and providing feedback to both authors and the editorial office.
As you’ll see there are 4 articles published in this issue. Authors are from 4 different countries.
Considering increasing impact of modern technologies on everyday lives of all peoples, science education receives greater attention of both researchers general public than previously. This situation resulting in high number of manuscripts submission in this field and consequently the number of specialized journals also continuously increase. Unfortunately, the vast majority of science education journals are still not indexed in the most prestigious scientific database, the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). From our point of view, only quality of published papers can help us to increase the number of SSCI journals in the field of science education. Thus, both contributors and editors together with referees in this situation have very difficult task, because only selection of best quality papers provides a chance to a journal to be indexed in SSCI. However, the main goal of a review process is not just dichotomously dividing papers on “Good” and “Poor” group, as it is currently common practice in top tiered science education journals which are swamped by papers from all over the world. Instead, we appeal on both referees for objective, but picky reviews, and editors for patience in providing another chance for paper re-submissions, especially for inexperienced authors. We suggest that this is the only way how to honestly increase the quality of published papers and reaching indexing our new science education journals in prestigious databases.
Anna Uitto (Finland), Fatma Aggul (Turkey), Janis Gedrovics (Latvia), Jari Lavonen (Finland), Erdal Sonmez (Turkey), Kalle Juuti (Finland), Mehmet Bahar (Turkey), Mehmet Yalcin (Turkey), Murat Ozel (Turkey), Metin Acikyildiz (Turkey), Pavol Prokop (Slovakia), Muhammet Usak (Turkey), Renāte Kalniņa (Latvia), Reijo Byman (Finland) and Veijo Meisalo (Finland).

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