We are pleased to announce that SCOPUS has included our journal in its database, after carrying out a rigorous due diligence process (peer review, frequency of publishing, etc.). The landing page will be available in the next months.
Created by Professor Marita Giménez-Candela and promoted by ICALP, dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies) is an OJS journal, with indexed peer review (SCOPUS, LATINDEX, DOAJ, Carhus Plus, Miar, JournalTOCS, Redib, Dialnet, CBUC, DDD, Rebiun, Worldcat). SCOPUS has joined this list (https://revistes.uab.cat/da/index).
As our readers probably know, SCOPUS is a database launched by Elsevier in 2004, which is widely used in the academic world especially for these reasons. It is a bibliographic, multidisciplinary and global tool, which contains abstracts and citations of scientific articles. The data are staggering: there are over 24,000 journals (many in OJS), 100,000 books and 5,000,000 archives.
This bibliometric resource allows people to evaluate the quality (through peer review) and the impact of each scientific publication (through the H-Index). SCOPUS measures the H-Index automatically and provides the graphics. What is it? Developed in 2005 by Jorge E. Hirsch, University of California, San Diego (HIRSCH, J.E., An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 102/46 (2005) 16569-72), this index allows people to quantify the productivity of an investigation on the basis of the number of publications and citations. The H-Index is related to the researcher, not to the journal. For example, H-Index=30 means that 30 articles have been cited at least 30 times. Of course, if a researcher publishes little and with discontinuity, it will be difficult for him to obtain a high H-Index.
Moreover, the searching is facilitated by the possibility to combine various terms (article title, abstract, keywords, date, etc.) and specific phrases. The search results are sorted by date of publication (most recent first). The libraries also appear in the record preview. Registering in SCOPUS is important in order to save searches and receive alerts on a specific topic. The database also allows people to view patents results, and that is very useful in scientific research.
The inclusion of our journal in SCOPUS offers our authors the opportunity to better disseminate their investigations in the emerging field of Animal Law. This also encourages us to continue our commitment: to ensure the quality of what is published through external peer review, and maintain a respectful dialogue between authors and editors, which has always been fruitful for advances in investigation.