Journal of Natural History: raising their impact and international recognition

Journal of Natural History: raising their impact and international recognition

Being Chief Editor of a scientific journal certainly is a huge privilege, but like all great work, it involves varied responsibilities. The prestige, the showcase which can be delivered to the publications and the global impact, are some of the edges which must deal every day, in a world in which the research becomes increasingly competitive.

In that sense, the levels of impact and quality standards are indicators that are imposed on this system of publications of "papers", which so far, are the best indicators of productivity in the career of the researcher.

From the year 2014, it is as Chief Editor of Revista Chilena de history Natural of the society of biology of Chile, Dr. Patricio Ojeda, who holds a Ph.d. in zoology from the University of Maine and current Member of the Department of ecology of the Pontifical Universidad Católica de Chile.

The researcher recognizes that the Mission of leading the editorial line of a magazine like this has been an arduous task, which often involved hours of dedication so that indexes surge. "This has been a way of much effort, personal and collective, which has focused on enhancing the impact of the magazine increased. This is not easy since it depends on many factors, one of them are the strategies to be taken so that the numbers go up. "This year in particular, are very pleased now that 0.7 points ISI, spent 0.9, positioning us as the magazine of Natural history with greater impact in Latin America", explains the academic.

System review of magazine work focuses largely on the work of the Editor in Chief, who is the first figure of the selection; in this way also helps a publisher of management and completed the Assistant editors.

The entrance to Springer

When the society of biology was headed by Dr. Ojeda, the Revista Chilena de Historia Natural became part of the Springer platform and thus joined the huge group of magazines that make up the famous Publishing House. "This was a decision that although it caused some antibodies, the time proved that it was good that we could give visibility to the magazine. Although the results were not immediate, now we are seeing some fruits of this Alliance", Dr. Ojeda says.

Prior to joining the consortium of Springer, the magazine, which still belongs to the biology society of Chile, published in English and Spanish, now does so only in English. These are some of the features that have changed over time.

The ups and downs of the magazine

One of the natural events that negatively changed the future of the magazine was the 2010 earthquake, since this has damaged the computers and servers that hosted much of the archived jobs. "Together with our team we try to fix the situation, but it was not at all possible, so the damage was unquantifiable. It was then when I restarted my work as Editor in Chief and a reconstruction arduous but exciting task. In that sense, the companies affiliated with the society of biology, helped us a lot. Although the path was difficult, little by little is were recomposing both files, and the relationships that broke in his time", States Dr. Ojeda.

After making the change and be part of Springer, both Dr. Ojeda as his team began to develop a strategy to make the magazine raise its levels of impact, which has given positive results, passing from having 0.4 points to 0.9 today. They were initiated and strengthened relations with countries such as Brazil, China, United States and Mexico. It is also starting to receive a greater amount of Chilean authors articles.

"Sometime we arrive to publish very few papers in the year, but my goal was to reconstruct this along with Paulina, Managing Editor of the magazine, we take this mission and we brought it forward. We recompusimos files and rescue valuable materials. On the other hand, started to publish special issues on different topics related to ecology, including a very interesting study referred to climate change in Antarctica, which pioneered something, explains the academic.

Dr. Ojeda says that the best journals in the area of ecology have an impact between 3,5 and 4 points, while the European magazines circulate between 1.8 and 2 points. Therefore, the rise that took the Revista Chilena de Historia Natural is a great milestone.

"This 0.906 index is a great incentive to our work and that of all those who have relied and still rely on us. The day today, we have more than 30,000 downloads and I am confident that I will continue rising. In short, we are gaining every day more", concludes Dr. Patricio Ojeda.

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