After four years of existence, the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies would like to share some facts and figures with its readers and contributors. The journal receives articles from all around the world and has been indexed in the IBSS and MLA databases. We are currently working to be included in Scopus and to be considered in other impact factor systems.
The journal is now well established and the call for papers for volume five is now open. CJCS has published three special issues which are available on Intellect’s website. The first (2.2) was devoted to risk communication, the second (3.2) to tourism and place branding and the third (4.2) to gender relations in the media (the latter is now in press).
We receive a considerable number of articles each year, approximately double the number we can publish. The current rejection rate is 49.1 per cent and the average time that authors have to wait from submission to receiving the editors’ decision is 46.8 days. The average time from authors submitting their first version to final publication of their articles is now 261 days, roughly eight and a half months.
The current Editorial Advisory board will be renewed shortly, as the editors established a four-year term for membership of this board. As regards authors, the journal has a good balance of men (52 per cent) and women (48 per cent) in the list of the scholars published.
The figures relating to authorship and reviewing collaborations offer a clear picture of an international journal. Among the authors, two thirds are located in institutions within Spain and one third are from outside that country. More than half of the articles published are from outside Catalonia (55 per cent).
The CJCS is at the moment a primarily European journal, as 87 per cent of the articles published are written by scholars working in Europe. However, the journal is also proud to have authors from North America, South America, Asia and Africa among those who have been published.
Young scholars are well represented among those whose articles have been published. Thirteen per cent of the total were Ph D. students, 23 per cent were Lecturers and 27 per cent were Senior Lectures. Seven per cent were full Professors. The journal has also included work by independent authors and professionals not directly linked to a university.
The database of reviewers also provides interesting results. CJCS is proud to say that 50 per cent of its reviewers have come from European (not including Spain) and North American universities while the other half have come from Spain (36 per cent from Catalonia and 14 per cent from other Spanish regions). Forty-eight per cent of reviewers were professors or senior lecturers, but all were specialists in their fields.
All these facts and figures allow the editors of CJCS to be proud of the work done during these first four years. It would not, of course, have been possible without the collaboration of authors, reviewers and editorial board members. We must also thank the team of copywriters and the English correctors as well as the marketing and promotion staff of Intellect.