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GIScience Journals Ranking and Evaluation: An International Delphi Study

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Researchers’ fame in most scientific fields is closely linked to their publishing capacity, both in terms of quantity and quality. In GIScience, as in other fields, this situation demands that the researcher evaluate and to be very familiar with the scientific journals in which they could publish. Some specialized journals (e.g. Journal of Citation Reports or JCR) are devoted to ranking these reviews according to various methods and criteria. Compared to other scientific communities, GIScience is relatively new and constantly evolving. Therefore, the journals of this field do not benefit from any real formal ranking yet. The objective of this paper is to present the process and results of a study aimed at addressing this gap. More specifically, the challenge is to elaborate an importance ranking of the scientific journals in the field of GIScience. To do so, both a qualitative (Delphi study carried out with 40 international experts) and a quantitative (JCR impact factor) approach has been implemented. This triangulation method leads to an early global ranking of the journals of this field.
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Keywords: Delphi Study; Evaluation; Geographic Information Science; Journal ranking; Peer Review Journals

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: GeoBusiness Group Université de Sherbrooke 2: Center for Research in Geomatics Université Laval 3: CGI – Groupe Affaires électroniques Montréal (Québec), Canada 4: Department of Geomatics Sciences Université Laval

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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