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Where best to publish one's latest scientific findings? This can be a diffcult question and, within the UK academic community, is made ever more complex by external factors, amongst which the recurrent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) dominates. However, a key issue, irrespective of the country and/or operating environment of the individual, must be to maximize exposure of the study to the wider scientific community. If it passes unnoticed it is wasted, and a wide readership increases the potential for subsequent citation of the paper and dissemination of the data, plus associated information and ideas. The ability of a particular journal to promote this process is currently described by a numerical value, the Impact Factor. This is a measure of the frequency with which the 'average article' has been cited in a particular year, calculated by dividing the number of current citations of papers published in the two previous years by the total number of papers published in that period. The latest figures (1999) from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) indicate that the Scottish Journal of Geologycompares very favourably with others in the field. Whereas the Impact Factors for large international and interdisciplinary journals are generally higher, our own figure compares well with those of Earth science journals with a similar regional or country-specific focus and is indeed significantly greater than some highly regarded interdisciplinary publications. The message is clear: the Scottish Journal of Geology not only emerges strongly as a medium in which to publish work relevant to Scottish geology, but one where the likelihood that it will be read, and subsequently cited by others, is high.

Scottish Journal of Geology May 01, 2001, Vol.37, 1. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg37010001

Papers

Scottish Journal of Geology May 01, 2001, Vol.37, 3-10. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg37010003
Scottish Journal of Geology May 01, 2001, Vol.37, 11-18. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg37010011
Scottish Journal of Geology May 01, 2001, Vol.37, 19-26. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg37010019
Scottish Journal of Geology May 01, 2001, Vol.37, 27-34. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg37010027

The primary aim of the Journal is to publish papers relevant to the geology of Scotland and adjacent areas including the surrounding seas. Papers of general or specialist interest as well as short communications, letters to the editor, and discussions of earlier papers are welcome, together with reviews and thematic sets publishing the results of relevant meetings and conferences. All contributions must be original.

Scottish Journal of Geology May 01, 2001, Vol.37, 39-43. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg37010039

Book Reviews

Scottish Journal of Geology May 01, 2001, Vol.37, 35-36. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg37010035
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