Spanish Journal of Soil Science
The Spanish Journal of Soil Science is edited by Universia in collaboration with the CSIC and the SECS
From the very beginning, the Spanish Journal of Soil Science (SJSS) plans to meet the international scientific and publishing quality requirements, which will be evaluated in order to index the publication and incorporate it in catalogues and databases within the shortest possible time.
To achieve this objective, the SJSS will be managed in accordance with the following basic rules:
Compliance period: timely publication is a basic criterion of the journal. There will be 3 issues per year and a guaranteed compliance schedule and this will mean that the SJSS will have a sufficient pool of manuscripts to ensure its viability.
Language: at present, English is the universal language of science, so SJSS will publish in English in order to transfer results and research findings to the wider international scientific community. Accordingly, the articles it publishes should preferably be written in English, accompanied by a summary in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The SJSS will also accept papers written in Spanish or Portuguese with summaries and bibliographic information in English. A summary, together with five keywords, will be added in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Manuscripts will be classified according to the descriptors provided in the submission form. Authors must indicate the type of English used (American, British). For common terminology in English, spelling should conform to Webster's International Dictionary or to the Oxford English Dictionary and the use of British or US English should be indicated. Use of the Spanish language should similarly conform to the dictionary of the Real Academia Española and technical terminology should conform to that prescribed by the Multilingual Vocabulary of Soil Science of the GloSECS (http://cit.iec.cat/GLOSECS/). The use of Portuguese should conform to the Portuguese Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa Contemporânea (DLPC) of the Academia das Ciências in Lisbon.
Editorial Bodies: the four boards of technical experts working on this project will be: the Advisory Board, the Editorial Board, the Referee Board and the Executive Board. The Executive Board comprises the Editor-in-chief, the Executive Editor and the Coordination Editor. The constitution of these bodies aims to reflect international diversity as the SJSS addresses an international audience within a global context.
Advisory Board: this is the highest body representing the SJSS. It is composed of recognized researchers. The President is the CEO of Universia and the Secretary is the President of the Spanish Society of Soil Science. The Advisory Board has, amongst others, the task of designing the journal's scientific policy. At least two thirds of the board´s members will not be directly associated with the publisher (Universia) and at least 20% will belong to foreign (non-Spanish) institutions.
Editorial Board: this will be responsible for maintaining the scientific quality of the journal. It will be composed of 12 members (25% from the SECS, 25% from the CSIC), who will not be directly related to the publisher (Universia) and 50% will belong to foreing (non- Spanish) institutions.
Referee Board: Professors and researchers (doctors with wide recognition in their fields) acting as referees, external experts not related with the Publisher (two per article). A list of the referees of the papers will be published every year.
Authorsleast 20% of the authors whose works will appear each year will be from foreign (non-Spanish) institutions.
Research papers: more than 50% of the articles published each year will be original papers and will present the results of original research.
Peer review system: to ensure the overall quality of the research published, the SJSS will apply a double blind peer review process for the selection of the articles to be published, using experts not related to the publisher (Universia), who will be grouped into 11 areas of expertise in soil science. The last issue of each year will include a list of the members of the Referee Board who have refereed papers during the previous year, unless they expressly wish otherwise.
Funding for research: whenever possible, original papers should indicate any sources of the funding that has supported their research.
Response time: one of the main priorities established by the Editorial Board is to ensure the quickest possible response to authors after receiving their original documents. The Executive Board will immediately acknowledge the receipt of each article, by sending an e-mail to the corresponding author. In less than one week (three days on average), the Executive Board will reply to the corresponding author and will send the work to the reviewers. In fewer than 60 days, on average, from the evaluation of the work by the Editorial Board, the first evaluation will be sent to the external reviewers. The authors will have a period of 3 months in which to carry out any necessary revisions. The published articles will indicate the date of receipt and acceptance of the original documentation.
Acceptance rate: statistics relating to the number of items received, the number of articles accepted for publication, the average number of reviewers per paper and average number of delays suffered will all be published annually.
Accessibility: in the SJSS, all items will be available by open access and free of charge from the Universia website the websites of the SECS, SLCS and CSIC, in pdf and html (abstract) format, as well as in catalogues and on international databases, as soon as this is possible.
Indexing and cataloguing: after a year of being published, the SJSS will be submitted to the analysis of leading evaluation entities such as the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), Latindex, and later to the Science Citation Index (Thomson Reuters), Scopus, among others, in order to assess the quality level of the journal.
Search engines that are indexed in today are:
- DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals
- Google Scholar
- Academic Journals Database
- IUSS (Soil Science Journals)
- InfoBase Index