MyCite Journal Selection Criteria

It is estimated that there are over 500 scholarly journals published in Malaysia. These journals are at different publication status, they may be current, irregular or has ceased or have changed names. The usability and citedness of articles published in those journals that have ceased publication however continue to be important especially in such fields as social sciences and humanities. MyCite is committed to providing comprehensive coverage of Malaysian scholarly journals so as to meet scholars information needs to support teaching, learning and research.

Analyses of scientific literature have shown that it is impractical to cover all scholarly journals published in the world since only a small number of journals actually publish the bulk of citable and significant scientific results This principle is referred to as Bradford's law1Garfield, E., 1979. Citation Indexing -- Its Theory and Application in Science, Technology, and Humanities, New York: John Wiley & Sons of literature dispersion. This approach may not be suitable for MyCite as the number of Malaysian journals are fairly small compared to the journals covered by international citation indexing agencies such as Thomson Reuters' ISI Web of Science and Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus. As such MyCite tries to cover as many Malaysian scholarly journals as possible that meet MyCite journal selection criteria. However, only those that meet all criteria specified will be submitted for possible indexation in the ISI and Scopus databases. The selection criteria described apply to all journals in the sciences, technology, medical related, social sciences and the humanities.

  1. Basic Standard
    (a) Timelines
    A journal must be publishing according to its stated frequency. The ability to be timely indicates a healthy pool of submissions and ensures longevity.
    (b) Follow international editorial conventions
    An informative journal title that reflects that it is a serial.
    Descriptive article titles.
    Includes informative abstracts.
    Complete bibliographic information in articles' references section.
    Complete address and email contact for every author.
    (c) Language requirements
    Published in English or Malay language. English translations must be provided for articles written in the Malay language.
    English abstracts need to be provided by articles in the Malay language.
    (d) ISSN/ESSN
    The journal should have an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) or ESSN, for information see (http://www.issn.org/2-22666-National-Centres.php?id=49)
    (e) Quality control
    The journal should indicate that it applies a peer-reviewing process and editorial quality control.
    (f) Quality of references
    Cited references must be complete and follows an internal styling format be it MLA, APA, IEEE, Chicago, etc.
  2. Coverage
    (a) Spatial
    All journals should be published in Malaysia
    (b) Subject
    All scientific and scholarly subjects published by universities, research centers, foundations, or nongovernmental organizations.Journals released by commercial publishers will be accepted if their content is of academic value
    (c) Content
    A substantive part of the journal should consist of research papers. All content should be available in full text.
    (d) New fields being covered
    A new or young journal may be considered if it publishes research on new topics and it is felt that the addition of such content would help enrich coverage in MyCite.
  3. Editorials are Active Authors
    Editors
    It is important that editorial members are in their own right active authors who understands the rigor of scholarly writing.
  4. International Diversity
    (a) Diversity of contributing authors
    The authors contributing articles to a journal should indicate international (world) or regional (e.g. Asia-Pacific) diversity. The target should at least be 40% (or more) international authors and 60% local.
    (b) Diversity of Reviewers
    International or regional diversity of the reviewing members is important as an indicator that the articles a journal publishes have been vetted by individuals of authority in the fields covered by the journal. This would encourage further international or regional submissions.
  5. Indexation Status
    Indexation status of the journal
    The journal will be given priority if it has achieved a reasonable degree of influence as a result of its indexation status by:
    i. ISI or Scopus
    ii. Discipline based databases such IEExplore, Inspec,Compendex, PubMed etc.
  6. Availability and Accessibility factors
    Print & Electronic status of the journal
    Priority will be given to journals which are already publishing electronically and have been giving full access to their contents. Those requesting for indexation by MyCite will need to either (a) give MyCite full access its online contents, or for those still publishing in print (b) undertake the scanning of their own issues which then can be submitted to MyCite for processing. The ultimate objective is to move all Malaysian journals to an electronic platform so as to increase their availability and accessibility. Also we need access to articles' reference lists to generate the impact counts.
  7. Availability and Accessibility factors
    Bibliometric indicators of influence
    Preference will be given to journals that have accrued citation count, Impact or h index scores. Journal citation count may be obtained from the Journal Citation Report (JCR, ISI), Scimago (Scopus) or Google Scholar (through Harzing's Publish and Perish), MyAIS.
  8. Lifetime

    Journals must have published at least two issues in order to be indexed. Consequently, new journals should not be sent to the Malaysian Citation Centre before bringing out the required number of issues.

Journal Categorization

The journal categorization is based on the existence of the criteria listed under the Journal selection Criteria and in no way reflect the quality assessment of the content of the articles published in the journals.

Status Score Status Conditions
5 Journal of International significance by a Malaysian publisher - fulfilling all required conditions.
  • Good practice in international publication standard and good coverage of the discipline the journal represents.
  • Good international or regional diversity in terms of contributing authors (=>50% foreign), reviewers or/and editors.
  • Visibility in multiple quality indexes: ISI indexes, Scopus, discipline indexes and Malaysian Citation Index.
  • Available multiple quality bibliometric indicators from: Impact factor (IF) listed in ISI's Journal Citation Report (JCR), Scopus's Scimago, Google scholar through Publish and Perish, Malaysian IF through Malaysian Citation Index.
4 Journal of International significance by a Malaysian publisher - fulfilling some of the required conditions.
  • Good practice in international publication standard and good coverage of the discipline the journal represents.
  • Good international or regional diversity in terms of contributing authors (25-49% foreign), reviewers or/and editors.
  • Visibility in quality indexes such as Scopus, discipline indexes and Malaysian Citation Index.
  • Available quality bibliometric indicators from: Impact factor (IF) listed in Scopus's Scimago and Google scholar through Publish and Perish.
3 Journal of National significance, fulfilling a fair number of the required conditions
  • Good practice in international publication standard and good coverage of the discipline the journal represents
  • Fair international or regional diversity in terms of contributing authors (10-24% foreign), reviewers or/and editors
  • Visibility in quality indexes such as discipline indexes and Malaysian Citation index.
  • Available quality bibliometric indicators from: Google scholar through Publish and Perish and Malaysian Citation Index.
2 Journal of National significance, poor fulfillment of the required conditions
  • Fair practice in international publication standard and good coverage of the discipline the journal represents
  • National contributing authors, reviewers or/and editors
  • Not covered by any citation or national indexes.
  • Non-availability of quality bibliometric indicators.
1 Institutional based journals, very poor fulfillment of the required conditions
  • Fair practice in international publication standard and good coverage of the discipline the journal represents
  • Institutional level contributing authors, reviewers, editors.
  • Not covered by any citation or national indexes.
  • Non-availability of quality bibliometric indicators