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Obstacles to setting up and improving a journal in today’s scientific community in Iran

Issue: 45(4) November 2019. Essays Pages 89 – 92

Kianoush Khosravi-Darani
Research Department of Food Technology, National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; k.khosravi@sbmu.ac.ir; ORCID: /0000-0002-0269-6385

Abstract

Setting up and improving a scientific journal contributes greatly to promoting science in all societies. However, in many countries, and especially in the developing countries, editors of scientific journals find it difficult to do so because they lack appropriate training in establishing and running a journal. All such problems and challenges are reviewed, including those involved in ensuring that the journal is covered by major indexing services and databases. The editor of a scientific journal often has to balance conflicting needs and streamline the everyday operation of the journal while maintaining the integrity of its scientific content. The editorial board, especially the chief editor, is under pressure from different players that make up the publication chain. Practical experience gained during setting up a new journal is described along with some suggestions on improving publications quality and coverage by indexing services.

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