ToMS is now indexed with Web of Science
Text by Pero Vidan, associate professor
Vice-dean at the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split
Six months after indexation in Scopus, Transactions on Maritime Science has now been indexed with Web of Science databases. ToMS is a scientific journal launched six years ago with the purpose of presenting research and scientific ideas in the area of maritime affairs and transport technologies. Its categorisation numbers allocated by the Croatian National and University Library are 1848–3305 (ISSN) and 1848-3313 (ISSNe). It is published in print twice a year and is available in electronic form at www.toms.com.hr.
Transactions on maritime science (ToMS) is a scientific journal with international peer review. Prior to being accepted for publication, each article receives three reviews, including one from a foreign reviewer. ToMS uses double-blind review, which means that the author’s identity is concealed from the reviewer, and vice versa.
Research areas covered by the journal include: Marine Engineering, Navigation, Transportation, Yacht and Marina Management, Safety Systems, Marine Ecology, Fisheries, Hydrography, Automation and Electronics, Marine Information Systems, Maritime Law and Finance, and Cutting-Edge Marine Technologies. The journal was launched in 2011 owing to the editorial enthusiasm of assistant professor Ivica Kuzmanić, associate professor Pero Vidan, associate professor Igor Vujović, assistant professor Joško Šoda, associate professor Nikola Račić, encouraged by the management and teaching staff of the Faculty of Maritime Studies and the University of Split.
Advisory support was provided by full professors Matko Marušić and Ana Marušić of the School of Medicine who, as the editors of Croatian Medical Journal – CMJ, facilitated the admission of ToMS to the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) and provided precious advice, enabling the journal to become recognisable and indexed among technical science databases in a relatively short time.
Several issues later, the editorial board was reinforced by associate professor Zvonimir Lušić and assistant professor Josip Lorincz. The quality of the journal was further improved by well-known European editors such as Pippa Smart, along with regional editors and the Advisory Board consisted of scientists from the neighbouring countries, Europe, South Africa and the USA.
Transactions on Maritime Science (ToMS) has been indexed with major national and international citation databases: Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (WoS ESCI), Scopus , Inspec, Hrčak, Copernicus, TRID, BMT, UB Braunschweig and Google Scholar. Since April 2017 (Vol. 6, No. 1) the journal has been included in Scopus database, while since October 2017 (Vol. 6, No. 2) it has been indexed with WoS ESCI database, owing to the excellence of papers and the quality of reviews and selection process. By entering the Scopus and WoS citation databases, ToMS has become even more visible and recognisable in the research world. The evaluation process at WoS ESCI lasted 18 months.
Decisions on further advancement of the journal might take place in 2018. WoS provides the metrics, i.e. the ranking of the journal’s citation impact based on the annual report of JRC (Journal Citation Reports).
Improved visibility of ToMS
The Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) is a new scientific citation indexing service maintained by Clarivate Analytics (previously the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters), which was introduced in 2015. It is one of the essential citation databases on the EoS platform and represents the first step for the journals wishing to be indexed in one of the three WoS indexing databases: SCIE, SSCI and AHCI. They do not measure the impact factor of the journal but the citation frequency of the papers published in the journal. In addition, for journals indexed with ESCI, an overall metrics of the journal is measured and is allocated to the authors of the papers, i.e. an h-factor is calculated (the productivity and impact of citations of an individual researcher or scientist).
The advantage of the ESCI database is the improved visibility in the scientific community and the higher quality of the journal. The essential selection criteria for joining WoS databases are: a) Basic publishing standards including: peer review of articles, clear publication ethics, journal publishing format (with an accent on xml and pdf formats), regularity, international editorial conventions, and texts written in English language; b) thematically, the journal must be new, i.e. must deal with issues not discussed in WoS so far; c) international diversity of editors and authors, whereby the journal reflects the global context in which scientific research takes place; d) citation analytics.
According to the Regulation on the conditions for awarding scientific titles, Transactions on Maritime Science (ToMS) is listed as an A-category journal. Sadly, this Regulation uses double standards as it appreciates foreign A-category journals more and states that certain number of papers must be published in A-category abroad. Therefore the editors of ToMS and the management of the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split wonder whether the quality of this journal would be higher if the publishing address was shifted a few miles away to a dislocated office, for instance, in Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina.