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.
Reference link: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/most-scientific-editors-still-come-from-us-or-uk/3008426.article
Scientific journals date back to 1665, when the publication of research results began. A scientific journal publishes scientific data periodically on recent breakthroughs in the field of science.
Who benefits from scientific journals?
At present, there is widespread acceptance of scientific journals and articles published in them. This magnifies the importance of the researches brought to light in such publications. It has been proven that scientific journals are of great import for academicians, researchers, and students of science and allied fields. The journals also have a profound impact on the overall educational system.
Advantages derived from scientific journals
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