Research and Education | Research on Measures to Improve the Impact of Academic Journals——Taking China Journal of Highway and Engineering for Example
Abstract Under the background of the great development of national transportation infrastructure construction, the difficulty of major engineering projects, and the progress of a major transportation country toward a strong transportation country, the "Chinese Journal of Highways", which covers the frontiers of the development of the highway transportation industry, has published high-impact papers and arrangements High-level special issues, building editorial committees / editing teams, exploring new modes of cooperation between academic journals and academic conferences, promoting integrated publishing, and other measures to effectively increase the influence of academic journals.
Keywords academic journals; special issues; digitization; media integration
1 Background "Journal of China Highways" is an authoritative academic journal of the highway transportation industry sponsored by the China Science and Technology Association and sponsored by the China Highway Society. Since its inception in 1988, it has been at the forefront of the development of highway transportation science and technology and has been repeatedly rated as "Top 100 Newspapers and Magazines", "China's Outstanding International Academic Journals", "Hundred Outstanding Chinese Academic Journals", "China's Top Scientific and Technological Journals", and "Top 100 Digital Influential Journals". According to the data provided by the Annual Report on Impact Factors of Chinese Academic Journals (2018 Edition), the Impact Index of China Journal of Highways ranks first among 151 journals of transportation engineering. According to the latest data from the China Institute of Science and Technology Information in 2018, of the 2029 academic journals included in the China Science and Technology Papers and Citation Database (CSTPCD), the China Journal of Highways ranks third in the comprehensive ranking nationwide. It has consistently ranked number one in journals for many years .
"China Journal of Highways" always takes the responsibility of leading the academic development of the highway transportation industry as its mission, and strives to give play to its advantages in being close to the front line of scientific research, close to the needs of scientific research, and close to industry experts.
"Journal of China Highway" received funding from the Chinese Science and Technology Association "Excellent Scientific and Technical Journal Engineering Academic Quality Improvement Project" and "Chinese Science and Technology Excellent Scientific and Technical Journal Engineering Project" in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Taking the opportunity of funding for the excellent scientific and technological journals of the China Association for Science and Technology, the editorial department of the China Journal of Highways has been working together to improve the academic quality of the journals, to support the excavation of excellent papers and high-impact papers, and to control the academic quality of the papers as the key task Based on the incentive mechanism of outstanding paper authors, we will build an international editorial board, editorial staff, and reviewing expert team, actively carry out academic exchanges and discussions at home and abroad, strengthen the digitalization of journals and the construction of network platforms, and strive to improve the "China Highway The academic quality and influence of the Journal creates a high-level academic journal. Now we summarize and review some of the measures for running journals of China Journal of Highways and share them with colleagues in the academic publishing industry to jointly increase the influence of Chinese academic journals.
2 Branding journals with high-impact papers
Since 2012, the editorial department has invited more than 250 well-known experts and scholars in response to the current academic research status, hot frontiers, existing problems, specific countermeasures, and development prospects in the field of highway transportation at home and abroad, and has completed more than 1.5 million words of highway transportation. , Road engineering, bridge engineering, tunnel engineering, transportation engineering, automotive engineering, and road construction machinery in the field of academic research (Table 1), promoted the periodical change from academic participants to leaders, forming a larger academic industry Recognition and influence.
After the publication of the series of reviews, the editorial department will also compile the relevant contents of the 2012-2015 review and publish the book "Summarization of Chinese Highway Transportation Academic Research (Volume One)". At the same time, the editorial department also processed related content into new media formats such as videos and pictures. It was pushed through the WeChat public platform, and with the help of Weibo, QQ group, and WeChat group, it formed a large scale in the highway transportation industry. The impact of this review has received widespread attention from scientific researchers. The total downloads of the series of reviews are close to 90,000 times, and they have been cited more than 900 times.
3 Group special high-level special issues to realize the change of academic role Since 2015, the journal has actively benchmarked key projects and academic hotspots of the national transportation infrastructure construction industry, and has conducted extensive reviews through websites, Weibo, WeChat public platforms, QQ groups and other channels. Draft, and carried out effective publicity and communication in the WeChat editorial board group, and successively centered on highway construction in high altitude and cold regions of China, the theory and technology of steel bridges, shield tunnel technology, earthquake resistance of Chinese bridges, bad geological slopes of highways, Wind-vehicle-bridge coupling vibration, road traffic safety, bridge industrialization, and rapid construction of bridges have successfully organized and published a number of special issues (Table 2). After the publication of the special issue, through the analysis function of the self-built website, the articles with large downloads and high attention were selected for redevelopment, and the secondary push was carried out through the WeChat public platform. These measures promoted the academic journals from participants in academic activities to leaders. The transformation further consolidated and improved the academic recognition and influence of the journal in the industry.
After academic evaluation, it was found that the special issue can significantly increase the influence of the periodical. For example, the "Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge", "Steel-Concrete Composite Structure Bridge Special Issue" and "Shield Tunnel Technology Special Issue" published by China Journal of Highways all have higher quotations than normal issues (Figure 1).
4 Construction of the editorial board team to enhance the influence of the industry After more than 10 years of all-round construction, China Journal of Highways has grown into an authoritative academic journal for China's highway transportation industry, with domestic and international academic influence and recognition ranking in the highway transportation industry Forefront. The editorial board members are all from the main universities and colleges of the transportation industry, and more than 50% of the academic leaders in the transportation field of the editorial board.
The editorial department has closely contacted the editorial board to participate in industry meetings, telephone and email contacts, and irregular visits to listen to their opinions and suggestions. At the same time, it has also launched the "Deputy Editor Global Recruitment Program" and "Specially Appointed Editors" program. Relevant academic frontiers of related disciplines in the field of highway transportation, well-known experts and scholars with high academic influence in the subject area I am engaged in, and have overseas study or visit experience, strong organizational management capabilities and international communication capabilities Suggestions. At the same time, the editorial department also makes full use of the advantages of existing resources, gives full play to the initiative of the editors and editors, and tracks the latest developments and trends of research hotspots in the field of highway transportation at home and abroad in a timely manner, so that they can write or invite experts to write high-level summaries of their familiar fields. Articles, strengthen international publicity, strictly control the quality of manuscripts, and improve the timeliness of journals' tracking of cutting-edge hot spots in science and technology.
5 Based on the construction of the editorial team and solidifying the foundation for the development of journals, the editorial team is the guarantee for the stable development of journals. At present, there are 7 full-time editors in the editorial department, all of whom have a background in highway transportation, and 6 of them have PhDs. The personal qualities of the editors and the cohesion of the editing team have greatly affected the development of the periodical and formally determine the quality of the periodical. In recent years, the editorial department has put forward a request to change the traditional editing concept—the traditional editor to an expert editor—according to the actual situation. Therefore, in addition to the daily work and learning, the editorial department also organizes editors to actively participate in industry academic conferences and editorial skills training, and comprehensively learn from the two aspects of editing business skills and transportation background knowledge.
Participating in industry academic conferences can enhance the editor's understanding of the academic frontiers of the highway transportation industry, and become more familiar with the active scientific research team and major and key scientific research projects in the industry, and effectively guide the editors' drafts, group submissions, and review work, and improve the editor's quality in all aspects . The construction of the editorial team has also improved the influence of the journal from another aspect [2-4]. By condensing the title of the paper, enriching the amount of abstract information, and guiding the writing of the introduction, the appeal and display of the paper have been enhanced, and the influence of the paper has been enhanced. The force was expanded, and the number of zero-cited papers dropped significantly.
6 Exploring a new mode of cooperation between academic journals and academic conferences, and promoting the complementary advantages of the two. Academic conferences are an important source of academic papers and academic ideas, as well as an important channel for academic communication [5-6]. The editorial department actively participates in important academic conferences in the field of highway transportation. In addition to supporting conference papers, it also actively deepens cooperation with academic conferences, explores new modes of cooperation between academic journals and academic conferences, and promotes the complementary advantages of the two.
In May 2018, China Highway Journal participated in the 6th International Traffic Safety Symposium and the 7th Sino-German Road Traffic Safety Symposium as a co-organizer, and for the first time attempted to co-organize the "China Traffic Safety Research Achievements" with the conference participants. Poster Display and Communication "event.
In November 2018, "China Journal of Highways" participated in the conference and support of the China Tunnel and Underground Engineering Conference and the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Tunnel and Underground Engineering Branch of the Chinese Society of Civil Engineering as the supporting unit of the conference thesis. The research direction of the "Key Issues in Tunnel and Underground Engineering Disaster Prevention and Control Special Issue" is based on the research direction. The authors of the special issue papers are invited guests to participate in the organization of the "Tunnel and Underground Engineering Disaster Mechanism and New Prevention and Control Technology" sub-forum and recommend a number of special issues. The author made an exchange report on the research results of the monograph. The results display and co-organized sub-forums were widely praised by many participants, and the response was enthusiastic, which effectively supported the journal's publicity system and enhanced the academic influence of the journal.
7 Taking digital construction as the starting point to promote integrated publishing. With the development of China's highway transportation industry, in order to better meet the needs of authors and readers, to adapt to the situation of increasing scientific and technological innovation in highway transportation, and to continuously improve the information of publications Communication function, the journal vigorously promotes the development of integration, and actively embraces the wave of media integration . By changing the concept of running a journal, the transformation from a sci-tech information communicator to an information service platform has been initially realized, from a passive push to a change centered on the needs of readers and authors. The journal actively promotes the integration and development of traditional academic journals and emerging media in terms of content, channels, and platforms, promotes innovative development of content products, technology applications, platform terminals, and channel construction, actively promotes media integration and resource integration, and has launched Weibo, Periodical websites, online manuscript processing systems, WeChat, QQ groups and other new media services continue to enhance the dissemination and influence of academic journals.
In the traditional publishing model, publication of articles means the end of the publishing process. In the context of media integration, journals vigorously expand article resources, conduct secondary development of published articles, encourage authors to provide supporting materials such as audio recordings, videos, and pictures, and use the established multimedia platform to reorganize articles into microblogs and WeChat New forms of communication formats such as web pages and web pages [8-10]. After forming effective communication, the editorial department also strengthens the communication and interaction between readers and original authors, and displays the interactive information on the platform in time for other participants to discuss.
In 2015, the journal launched the official WeChat public platform (zgglxb), which regularly pushes the latest published papers and submission plans according to readers' needs. At the same time, the most frequently used review and review functions are introduced into the WeChat platform. Full-text browsing services and reader consulting services. As of October 2018, the journal's WeChat public platform has pushed nearly 300 original messages, with more than 19,000 followers. The platform also pushes the latest research results and wonderful information to users, better serves the readers, authors and reviewers, and strengthens the communication between the readers and the editorial department.
The public account presents wonderful content in sections such as "Highly Cited Articles", "Hot Articles", and "Scholar Columns" in a way that is well-documented, short and succinct, and suitable for the dissemination of new media. Many original articles that have been launched have achieved great response. For example, we regularly select excellent papers published in this journal, and the WeChat version published by the author can significantly increase the citations of the original text (Figure 2). On March 15, 2018, the footbridge under construction in Miami, USA collapsed, resulting in 6 deaths and 9 injuries. This caused widespread concern at home and abroad. The editorial department seized the hot spots and actively invited the author of this journal, Peng Weibing, to write the article "Analysis of the FIU Footbridge Collapse Accident." Read more than 40,000 times, and greatly increased the number of followers of the public account, nearly 1,000 people sucked powder before and after (Figure 3); June 15, 2019, an original article for the Dongjiang Bridge "Analysis of the collapse of the Dongyuan Bridge in Heyuan, Guangdong" The article has been read more than 180,000 times; "He Shuanhai: A Summary of Highway Bridge Detection and Evaluation Technology", "Code Sea Ups and Downs: Independently Developed an Analysis System for Bridge Operation Stages (1)", "Mr. Zheng Jianlong: Durability based on increasing structural layer life Original content such as New Ideas in Asphalt Pavement Design has been read more than 10,000 times. The WeChat public account of this journal has become an academic communication platform that is widely concerned by the highway transportation industry. The original content released has been reprinted many times by the public account in the industry, which has greatly enhanced the academic influence of the journal.
8 Concluding Remarks In today's highly internationalized context, the editorial department will strengthen its learning experience in running journals internationally, strive to achieve the internationalization of the mode of running journals, and will build a first-class academic exchange platform in the field of highway transportation with Chinese characteristics and high international influence. Vision planning for development. State President Xi Jinping mentioned in the discussion on the “Belt and Road” that “start the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as soon as possible and participate more deeply in the regional cooperation process” “Take a breakthrough in transportation infrastructure to realize the early harvest of Asian connectivity and give priority to the deployment of China Railway and highway projects with neighboring countries ". The editorial department will pay close attention to the innovative research achievements in the field of highway transportation along the “Belt and Road”, and actively organize outstanding manuscripts to contribute to the national “Belt and Road” initiative from the perspective of academic publishing.
Journals will continue to keep up with the development trend of international digital publishing, grasp the core resources, fully leverage the integration of publishing methods, create a smoother and more convenient academic communication channel, create a broader academic platform, and build a strong transportation nation and promote Chinese culture. Going out, the greater development of China's highway transportation industry has made greater contributions.
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