Dr. Amal Metwally delivered a presentation titled "Publication Process & Validated Measures of Scientific Publication Quality," based on her research experience. It was presented at a webinar organized by the Faculty of Languages and Translation on November 2, 2022. This particular webinar was specially designed for MA students and Ph.D. candidates.
Dr. Amal's presentation began with a discussion of publication protocols, specifically the peer-review process and the manuscript life cycle. She emphasized four steps: peer-reviewed research and manuscript drafting, editorial checks and decisions, publication citations, and post-publication peer reviews.
The presenter also focused on how to choose an appropriate journal for a research article. The best course of action as a researcher, she recommended, is to start working on improving its scope of acceptance as soon as possible. Before publishing a research paper or article, it is important for a researcher to know the extent to which the piece of research will influence the scientific community. She mentioned some useful websites that can help a researcher in this case. To begin, after choosing a journal, a researcher needs to verify its quality, for instance, by visiting https://mjl.clarivate.com. Also, he or she must make a list of journals relevant to the subject of the article and ensure the goals and scope of the journals are aligned with the research conducted. He or she needs to check the journal characteristics and create a final list of publications that satisfy all the requirements.
In the second section of the presentation, Dr. Amal also emphasized a few indicators of scientific journal quality. She gave some information on journal impact factors, the SCImago Journal Rank indicator, citations, the h-index, and the international standard serial number (ISSN).
The presenter also mentioned some reputable publishing houses and useful websites that help a researcher choose the appropriate journal. At the end of her session, she highlighted how to be aware of hijacked journals and some recommendations to discern fraud.
The webinar was very engaging and overall a great success.
Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation