Now, "building a world-class sci-tech journal" is undoubtedly the top priority of the sci-tech journal community. However, some colleagues complained: "We are a general issue, and the cores are not. Now all kinds of resources are going to the first-class journals, what can we do?" Indeed, according to the funding scale of the "Excellent Plan", There are no more than 300 kinds of periodicals, and there are at least 5,000 kinds of sci-tech periodicals in China, accounting for less than one tenth. Does the huge number of ordinary periodicals really have nothing to do with "building a world-class scientific and technological journal"? My answer is that general issues are also closely related to top-tier journals.
First, let's start with the editor of the general issue. My point is that no matter if your own journal is enough to be "first-class", as a sci-tech journal editor, you must always pay attention to the construction process of first-class journals. Before 2035, the "Opinions on Deepening the Reform and Cultivation of World-Class Sci-tech Periodicals" will be the highest action program of Chinese sci-tech periodicals. It will be 15 years from now to 2035. Even after 95, who has just joined the company, he will enter middle age after 15 years. For most editors, this Opinion is more likely to accompany us through most of our future careers. How can we not pay attention to such a "lifetime companion" document? This document definitely brings more than just a few SCIs, it may bring profound changes to the ecological layout and collaboration methods of the entire sci-tech journal industry. Even if we do not run English language journals and do not create first-class magazines, we will still be affected.
I want to compare this document with the reform and opening up. When the country just announced the reform and opening up 40 years ago, would an ordinary farmer and an ordinary worker feel that this policy has something to do with them? But today, 40 years later? Which Chinese have not benefited from the policy of reform and opening up? But personally, if you ask again, how does reform and opening up affect you? Maybe many people really can't answer it all in one go. I think that "building first-rate scientific journals" will also affect each of our editors in such a "moisturizing way". Therefore, instead of being passively affected, it is better to pay attention to it and learn from it. Furthermore, in the development of first-class journals, SCI is definitely a phase goal. I think that as time goes by, the threshold for SCI will become lower and lower for Chinese journals. I won't go into the specific reasons, and everyone should be able to think about it. So, now I feel out of reach, maybe the leaders will take the initiative to ask you to start SCI after two or three years. At that time, it's up to you.
Secondly, I want to talk about the value and significance of the general publication itself. On the one hand, the general issue offers a wealth of diversity. Although the construction of world-class scientific and technological journals has occupied the mainstream topic in the current periodical world, to be honest, high-level academic scientific and technological journals are just one of several development paths of scientific and technological journals. The comprehensive development of Chinese sci-tech periodicals requires exploration of other roads. At this time, a large number of general issues can provide us with such diversified attempts and also provide more possibilities for Chinese sci-tech periodicals. Can't enter SCI can be a good journal! On the other hand, a large number of general issues support China's sci-tech periodicals industry. HowNet, Wanfang, Weipu, Margotec, Qinyun, Sancai, Renhe ... Can so many companies rely on only a few hundred first-class periodicals? To put it bluntly, it is because we have thousands of general issues that have propped up China's own sci-tech journal industry ecology.
Speaking of which, I am a colleague of the journal. Let me say a few words. Don't be afraid that others will make our money. Only when we make money from us can we be valuable. More social forces are involved in journal development.
In short, in a word: The existence of a general issue is in itself the greatest contribution to a first-rate journal.
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