The reputation of the journal is judged by the scope and focus, its longevity, time to publication, abstracting and indexing, acceptance ratio, editorial standards and costing.
Emilio Bruna a biologist from the University of Florida, and his team found in a study that “Academic journals lack international editorial board individuals, as most editors are based either in the US or UK.”
Bruna’s team analyzed 24 environmental biology journals’ editorial boards in the vicinity of 1985 and 2014. Out of the 3827 scientists who served on the journals’ editorial boards, 55% were based in the US and 12% in the UK. 98% of editors-in-chief are based in the ‘global north.’ The Royal Society of Chemistry’s journals’ 2017 statistics show 30% of editorial board members across all journals are based in the US, 12% in China and 12% in the UK.