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Scientific journals

The assessment of academic staff is indirectly based on quality indicators of the contributions (papers, monographs, etc.) listed on the CV of the applicants. In this regard, it is essential for applicants to seek evidence of quality (impact factor, quartile citations, etc..) into the main scientific databases.

AQU Catalunya has not have its own list of journals. Instead, the specific committees consider the main bibliometric international lists.

This section contains web addresses of databases and repertoires and library services of Catalan universities that have developed tools for supporting those preparing applications.



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Other resources

Think, Check, Submit. Website that helps authors choose the right journal for their research:

Frequent asked questions

  • How to consult journal quality indices (impact, classification, citations, etc.)

AQU Catalunya does not have its own classification for journals. In the evaluation of journal quality, use is made of scientific classification given in Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Science Edition, Social Sciences Edition and other citation databases (e.g. SCOPUS)

Different tools are available that provide information on the scientific dissemination of journals (p.e. MIAR).

University library services have professional staff who can be consulted, together with tools that can be used, such as the following:

  • Must one include the impact indices for the journals in which one has published works?

Yes, impact indices must be included. The corresponding indices are published by ISI Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and can be consulted over the Internet at all public universities in Catalonia. At the present time, the JCR only publishes the impact indices for science (Science Citation Index) and the social sciences (Social Science Citation Index).

  • What are quartiles?

Candidates must give the quartile that the journal appears in within the corresponding category of the JCR where it appears.

For example, a journal appears in the Applied Physics category of the JCR. Journals are first put into decreasing order according to their impact index, with the first having the highest impact index and the last with the lowest impact index. In order to calculate the quartiles of a journal appearing, for example, in position 12 out of 100, the total number (100) is divided by 4. In this particular example, this means that each quartile is made up of 25 journals, with the first quartile comprising the journals from 1 to 25, the second from 26 to 50, the third from 51 to 75 and the fourth one from 76 to 100.

  • Which quartile is given in cases where a journal appears in more than one JCR category?

In cases where a journal appears in more than one category, the category where the journal has a higher position is to be stated or, in other words, the most advantageous.

  • What does the number of citations, in the section on indexed published works in the curriculum vitae, refer to?

This refers to the number of times that an article has been cited by other researchers. The number of citations can be consulted on Web of Science.