Dear All, sorry that I missed the Rosexec meeting in PAG, and has been less involving in this committee, felt quite bad. It has been very overwhelming in handling Hort. Res manuscripts, with some 400% increase of submission in 2019. Dr. Velasco has mentioned to me that he made the announcement of 5th Intl Hort. Res Conference this year in Venice, Italy and he and Dr. Laurens also mentioned to me that there were some concerns on the impact factor of Horticulture Research in the Rosexec meeting, and how it would do this year and beyond. So I thought to give you some nutshell updates and thoughts. HR was first published in Jan. 22, 2014, and now it is exactly five years old! At the very beginning, I set my goal to have its first impact factor (IF) around 3.5, so it would be placed it in the top among the horticultural journals, and it was perfectly matched with the first real IF in 2017, 3.6. For some reasons I have no idea, the IF was adjusted to 4.554 in September 2017, which was far above what I anticipated. I quickly realized that it would be "troublesome" for 2018, and it was dropped to 3.368. Although it was reasonable to think that a new journal will be bounce up and down some, but it worried some "whether it will continue to get lower". Rainbow (my assistant) and I, and many Associate Editors and authors had the same worry. 2018 was very strange, and many plant journals has their IFs dropped quite a lot, for example, Plant Physiology dropped below 6, or the number in some 10 years ago. Good news for Hort. Res is that it will be kept as one of the leading Horticulture or plant science journals. As of this week, Horticulture Res. is at 3.5 or so based on the WoS citation data, with still a couple of months remaining for data input (All 2018 published papers will be inputted into WoS by the end of March), so I am anticipating the IF for 2018 (to be released in the summer of 2019) will be somewhere between 3.5-4, not reaching to 4.554, but significantly above the 2018's 3.368. I don't know how many of you know exactly how the IF is calculated. It is a simple fraction of total number of citations in current year (say, 2018) divided by the total number of papers published in the previous 2 years (2016 and 2017), so the more citations, the higher IF, and more papers published, potentially smaller IF. For 2019 released IF, Hort. Res. had nearly 9% more papers published, our anticipated IF would be 10-20% higher than that we had in 2018, so I am pleased that Hort. Res' IF in 2019 will be strong. So what made the 2018 IF lower? I contributed it to a couple of reasons: fewer review articles, and more average # of citations per article, so we did not have a couple of "strong performers" articles, numerous review articles that I solicited, and were committed, got delayed, and many were still not submitted. Because of relatively few papers we have published, it would make a lot of difference. I hope that our series of review articles on "roadmap of Rosaceae crops" will help. They were also got delayed to the Spring, or even summer, some may be delayed to fall, so were many other reviews that I recruited, some of them were 2-3 year behind. ---I knew each one is extremely busy. I am still working on those, pushing, but have to be "nice". Haha! A couple of other trends with Hort. Res. that is worth to mention. In the first three years, about 80% papers were coming from outside of China, in 2018, about 60% were from China, because they would not submit to journals without IF and they have the largest number of researchers and are producing increasingly better research papers, which I understand. So I encourage more submissions from outside of China. In 2018, we had more than 700 submission, and published 75 articles, comparing to 34, 33, 36, and 40 articles in 2014-2017), so our rejection rate is nearly 90%, it may be too selective. We are anticipating to publish 100-120 papers in 2019, and keeps about 85-90% rejection rate, so we do have many high quality papers that deserve to be published. Therefore, the denominator in calculating IF will be much greater, our pressure to get more citations will be much greater too.
For a journal to have a great impact, the publishing field uses three standards: 1. IF--suggesting quality, 2. size of journal (# of papers published)-suggesting an active, strong research field, and 3. Diversity and source countries of papers. So I am facing triple challenges: keeping/improving impact factor, increasing # of papers to be published, and maintaining a broad source of papers to be published and come from. We are making a good progress in 2018 (IF will be 10-20% greater -to be released in summer 2019, and published papers were nearly 90% more). In 2019, the published papers will be likely increased by 50-60% to about 100-120 papers, hopefully our IF for 2019 (to be released in 2020) will be maintained in 3.5-4 range, certainly I would like to see it goes up above 4, but requiring more citations. How can you help to maintain the high quality and high impact of Hort. Res? I encourage you: 1. Submit your best papers to Hort. Res, 2. Propose, contribute and recruit popular review and opinion/perspective papers which tend to get more citations, 3. Accept reviews and return reviews on time -fast turning around encourages authors to consider Hort Res as the first choice to submit. 4. If appropriate, citing papers published in Hort. Res, whether you are publishing in Hort Res, or not. I can't request, force anyone to do so, it is 100% voluntary.
Since the inception, I have the very strong support from all of you! I really appreciate everyone's strong support so far! Saying "thank you" is not enough! As I said, Hort. Res is a community journal and needs community support, you have supported, and I am sure you will continue to support, I am confident that you will!
Hope to see you in Venice in September 30-Octboer 4, 2019, if not sooner, or latest in RGC10 in Spain!
All the best to you all!
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Dorrie Main, PhD Professor of Bioinformatics Department of Horticulture Washington State University 45 Johnson Hall Pullman, WA 99164-6414