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
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".
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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Subject: [Rosexec-list] RosEXEC and RosIGI Meeting Sunday Jan 13, 10-12 AM
Our annual RosEXEC/RosIGI meeting will be held 10 AM to noon PST this Sunday in Garden
Salon 1 at PAG.
The meeting is open to all.
For those of you who would like to join by GoToMeeting the access information is as
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