[Taxacom] Australian ranking of systematics journals: a chance to make a difference
jbruhl at une.edu.au
jbruhl at une.edu.au
Thu Mar 10 17:09:42 CST 2011
Something to do this weekend?
Some of you already know that the Australian Research Council (ARC) has
recently released a new "Review of the ERA 2010 Ranked Outlet Lists". This
is an international listing of journals and the review finishes 14 Mar
2011 Australian Local time.
In general, systematics journals, and particularly plant systematics
journals are ranked relatively low! No surprise to many of us and I will
not waste time arguing the point or explaining why I think that is the
case. I have made a list of some relevant journals and you can download
this small PDF from this link:
The ERA review is a critical and timely chance for us to make a difference
which has important flow on effects for systematics, especially in
Australia. This is a rare chance to make a difference by participating in
the public review (whether or not you live or work in Australia).
Whether you are inside our outside Australia, can you please take the time
to check the systematics journals you are interested in and make your
suggestions for their rankings (I hope either endorsing the ranking or
suggesting increasing the ranking!
The ARC site and registration link is
You will have to register, which is quick. There is a search engine for
finding relevant journals at the site, which works well.
Reviewing already listed journals; e.g. to recommend an increase in the
ranking takes a few minutes per journal, but you do have to comment on one
journal at a time.
It took me twice as long to recommend a journal for listing, but that is
The more recommendations on the same journal, I suspect, the more likely
the recommendations will be taken notice of.
If you can spare some precious time in the next couple of days, I would be
most grateful. The review closes 14 March Australian local time!
Here is some information to save you time:
If you search for a journal and it is not listed, a box at the top of the
screen will appear with Nominate a new Journal or Conference, click on
that to nominate the Journal.
If you need to find an ISSN or the start year of a journal, try searching
on the NLA website: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/610670
The FOR code I have used is 0603 which is the umbrella for systematics.
0603 - Evolutionary Biology
Please pass this onto colleagues likely to complete some positive reviews.
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