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The journal Metalurgija is primary scientific periodical that publishes scientific papers (original papers, preliminary notes, reviewed papers) as well as professional papers from the area of basic, applicable and developing researching in metallurgy and boundary metallurgy areas (physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering). These papers relate to processing ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, treating investigating as well as testing of raw materials, semi products and products, especially in the area of improving new materials and possibilities of their implementation. The journal is the only national periodical of this kind in the Republic of Croatia and covers the scientific field of metallurgy, especially:
- physical metallurgy and materials;
- process metailurgy, (ferrous and non-ferrous);
- mechanical metallurgy (processing, power , etc.);
- related (adjoing) branches: mechanlcal engineering, chemistry, physics etc.
Journal Metalurgija publishes the following types of papers:
- Original scientific papers, presenting results of original research works, which have not been previously published, in such a way that they can be repeated or subjected to unambiguous examination;
- Preliminary notes, giving the results of scientific research which demand prompt publication without assuring the possibility of examination, (or announcing a new scientific insight, which has not been established or dealt with to such an extent that it might be examined or applied directly, or some technical matter is being dealt with in such a way that it may lead to particularly important general insights and encourage further investigations);
- Reviewed papers, giving the original, critical, and concise survey of a particular area or one of its segments, (or of a situation in a subject matter, from narrow technical to general scientific) where the author himself acts so as to present his personal original contribution regarding previously published works, identified in the review;
- Professional papers (articles), which provide useful information on a particular technical branch, which do not necessarily originate from the author’s own research.
- Review in which a description of a scientific and professional event (is given holding of Symposium, book presentation etc.)
Journal Metalurgija conducts a blind peer review process (2-3 scientific reviews + 1-2 metrological reviews). Articles in journal Metalurgija are published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence and authors retain their copyright. All content published in journal Metalurgija is available in open access.
List of databases which index journal Metalurgija
The following bibliometric indicators about journals are calculated for the journal Metalurgija:
- Scimago Journal Rank indicator (SJR): 0,444 (2016)
- Engineering: Mechanics of Materials – Q2 (2016)
- Materials Science: Materials Chemistry – Q2 (2016)
- Materials Science: Metals and Alloys – Q2 (2016)
- Physics and Astronomy: Condensed Matter Physics – Q3 (2016)
- Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1,248 (2016)
- CiteScore: 1,01 (2016)
Journal Metalurgija fully or selectively indexed in the following databases:
- Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) – part of Web of Science Core Collection
- Academic Search Complete
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Ei Compendex
- Materials Research Database
- Technology Research Database
- Chemical Abstracts
- Cabell’s Directories of publishing opportunities in mathematic and sciences
- Referativny Zhurnal
- Chemical Engineering and biotechnology abstracts
- Advanced Technologies Database with Aerospace
- Aerospace Database
- Aluminium Industry Abstracts
- ANTE: Abstracts in New Technology & Engineering
- Ceramic Abstracts
- Civil Engineering Abstracts
- Computer and Information Systems Abstracts (Module)
- Copper Technical Reference Library
- Corrosion Abstracts
- Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
- Electronics & Communications Abstracts
- Engineered Materials
- Engineering Research Database
- Materials Business File
- Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts
- Solid State and Superconductivity Abstracts
Journal Metalurgija was since 1995 indexed in Thomson Reuters citation index Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP), which is part of the Web of Science Core Collections. The Journal Impact Factor (JIF, IF) was also calculated for the journal Metalurgija and the latest IF for the journal Metalurgija in 2014 was IF(2014) = 0,959 (second quartile (Q2) according to its IF value among other journals from the field Metallurgy & metallurgical engineering).
On March 18th 2016 Editor-in-chief of journal Metalurgija has send an inquiry to Thomson Reuters regarding late indexing of published issues of journal Metalurgija 1 to 3 (2016) in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP). On April 5th 2016 we received an answer with information that as of issue 1 (2016) journal Metalurgija is dropped from SCI-EXP, and included into the new citation index Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), which is also part of Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC). The following explanation was provided:
„When reevaluating the journal Metalurgija, the Editorial Team has taken the decision to drop from SCI-EXP, and include it in ESCI, due to the following factors:
- high journal self citations
- high author self citations
- large increase in article count with repeated authors in the same issue
lt will be eligible for re-evaluation for all Thomson Reuters products in three years. lt takes several years to stop the effects of self-citing.“
Editor-in-chief has written to the Thomson Reuters and the letters as well as answers from the Thomson Reuters are taken below:
LETTER 1 – letter from Editor-in-chief of journal Metalurgija to the Thomson Reuters – April 4th 2016:
WEB of SCIENCE REGIONAL- EUROPE – EDITOR
Att. Dr. MILA CAHUE
Subject: REQUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING AND HELP
Ever since it first appeared in 1962 (since 1995 in SCIE), the Metalurgija journal has grown to be one of the key magazines in the field of metallurgy in the countries of Central Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and other neighbouring countries. Although the metallurgical industry in Croatia that once had an output of 3,000,000 tons per year and 20,000 employees, was completely shattered over the past twenty years, Metalurgija as a scientific journal in the field of metallurgy not only survived, but has assumed even greater importance to these countries in Central Europe that despite their strong metallurgical industry do not have a quality journal such as Metalurgija. Therefore, this journal has in the recent years seen a particularly large influx of manuscripts from around the world, and has had to turn many down for not being up to the high quality standards or for focusing on the wrong industries.
On 5 April 2016, we received a notification that the Metalurgija journal was temporarily excluded from the Science Citation lndex-Expanded (SCI-EXP) and transferred to the Emerging Sources Citation lndex (ESCI) on the grounds of excessive self-citation as well as an increased number of appearances of contributions by the same authors in the same volumes. We are aware of these challenges, but we do not believe that this is a valid reason for the exclusion of Metalurgija from SCI-EXP, especially as for years now, we have been taking active measures to reduce the self-citation percentage for the journal. In support of this, please see the instructions to authors (New Additional Important Information to Authors) that have been available on our website for years and which we strictly observe in our editorial work, noting that:
„Out of the total number of references, a maximum of 20% of authors’ self-citation is allowed. The maximum allowed percentage of Journal Metalurgija citations is 20 % of the total number of references.”
Considering that we do our editorial work very promptly, in the last few years, the journal even managed to appear before the official release date, so in 2016, issue No. 3 has already appeared, although it was planned for July 2016.
The last indexed issue was Metalurgija 54 (2015) 4, which was sent to you in early May 2015. We, however, received the decision on the exclusion from the Citation Index SCI-EXP on 5 April 2016, which is 11 months later, at a time when we had already published 3 issues for the year 2016, and the authors whose papers were published in the journal (as well as the entire editorial board) were convinced that the journal was indexed in SCI-EXP. However, due to the lack of communication or any warning that you intend to exclude Metalurgija from SCI-EXP, the careers of these authors are now affected because their articles published in Metalurgija in 2016 will not count towards the advancement of their scientific careers, and the reputation of the Croatian Metallurgical Society is compromised because the authors will think that we deliberately deceived them and did not want to inform them that the journal would not be indexed in SCI-EXP in 2016.
We would immensely appreciate it, if you would include Metalurgija in the Citation Index SCI-EXP for the year 2016, so that our authors would not suffer because of the poor communication between Thomson Reuters and the Croatian Metallurgical Society.
Considering that from the submission and processing of the contributions to making them ready for print an entire year may pass, it is extremely difficult for any journal, regardless of which indexing BASE is in play, to deal with the change of its status of which its editorial board was not professionally warned, particularly as it greatly affects the authors.
We, therefore, kindly ask once again of the Editor Dr. MILA CAHUE personally: Please, give Metalurgija just one more year of life.
Zagreb, 2016 – 04 – 06
President of CMS
Editor-in-Chief of Metalurgija
Acad. Ilija Mamuzić, Prof.h.c., Dr.h.c., Dr.Sci
ANSWER from Thomson Reutersa – April 11th 2016:
Dear Editorial Team of Metalurgija,
The Editorial Team at Thomson Reuters takes objective decisions based on criteria rigorously observed for inclusion and permanence in Web of Science. Journals included in any of the editions of Web of Science are continuously being monitored in order to keep up with those criteria, without necessarily having to inform those who are excluded from any of its collections.
The Journal Metalurgija still remains in Web of Science but in a different collection, ESCI, therefore both journal and authors can still be searched and cited.
Thomson Reuters is an independent observer of the publishers’ activity and therefore not involved in matters related directly to this latter one.
The Editorial Team shall be glad to reevaluate the journal Metalurgija in three years, which is the average period for all journals in this case to confirm that changes are steady and consolidated.
We appreciate your interest in being indexed in Web of Science.
Dr. Mila Cahue
Web of Science Regional -Europe- Editor
LETTER 2 – second letter from Editor-in-chief of journal Metalurgija to the Thomson Reuters – April 12th 2016:
Att. Dr. Mila Cahue
We have been advised of your rejection of our Request for understanding and help of 06.04.2016. Just as students are not there for the sake of professors, so are magazines not published for the sake of databases, but the ones as well as the others may abuse their relationships, if they want to.
Your critique of excessive authors’ self-quotes, and of the Editorial Board publishing more articles by the same authors in the Metalurgija magazine (SCI-EXP indexed since 1995), are justified, and we are aware of this. The problem is that we were not advised of your decision to move our magazine to another group (not even after we sent you query/letter in May 2015) until 11 months after the last indexed issue No. 4 appeared. Already then, two years into the monitoring, you knew what your decision was, so how hard was it for you to advise us? In the meantime, our Editorial Board has received multiple contributions, and their authors are now severely disadvantaged. Had they known about the new indexation of the magazine, they would perhaps not have sent their contributions to us, but would choose another magazine. What are we to do now, what answer can we give them? Retroactive implementation of even a law before a court of justice can easily be reversed, but not your decision.
In this respect I would like to put forth another request (that will, I assume, be rejected just like the first one): Already after a second year of monitoring of a magazine resulting in a negative find, please advise its Editorial Board that it is their last year of indexation, and you will see changes occur. To you it is painless, to all the participants on all levels of cooperation it is transparent and only fair.
President of CMS
Acad. llija Mamuzić
More information about the history of journal Metallurgy are available in the text published on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the publishing of journal Metalurgija, as well as in paper published on the occasion of 30th anniversary of D.Sc. D.h.c. Prof h.c. Ilija Mamuzić as Editor-in-Chief of journal Metalurgija.
Journal Metalurgija has its own Rule Book.
Publishing of journal Metalurgija is financed by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports