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National Science Museum's English Academic Journal Accepted for ESCI (May 8)

- Opportunities for Journal to be Recognized as World-Class Journal on Biodiversity

Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity (JAPB), the academic journal on the biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region published by the GBIF1)'s Korean office2) at the National Science Museum) got listed in the ESCI3).

There are about 250 listed academic journals from Korea that are recognized by the National Research Foundation of Korea-SCI(E), SSCI, A&HCI, SCOPUS- and only six among them are about biodiversity. In particular, the JAPB is the only academic journal on biodiversity published by a national institution.

1) Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF): An international organization established under the OECD in 2000, with 96 countries and facilities as members. It possesses about 1.3 billion pieces of global biodiversity data. Korea joined the GBIF in 2001 as Voting Participants (represented by the MSIT), and the Korean office is managed by the National Science Museum.

2) Korean Biodiversity Information Facility (KBIF): GBIF's Korean office, which carries out projects in collection, discovery and use of biodiversity (natural history) related to data, by establishing a cooperation network (Association of National Biodiversity Facilities) among 55 biodiversity facilities in Korea.

3) Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI): A new citation index added in 2015, independent from Web of Science's SCI(E), SSCI, A&HCI.

The JAPB, published through the world-renowned publisher Elsevier, was created in 2008 and went exclusively online in 2014*. In 2015, it was listed on the world's biggest citation index database SCOPUS, and just 3 years later, it was indexed in the ESCI, raising Korea's and the AP region's influence in the international biodiversity community.

* JAPB(https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-asia-pacific-biodiversity)

Clarivate Analytics, which publishes Journal Citation Reports, is known to apply strict criteria when selecting journals for the ESCI, such as their content, international diversity, peer-review, compliance with international standards, etc.

According to Clarivate Analytics, ESCI-listed journals will be eligible to be listed on the SCIE (Science Citation Index Expanded) after strict review processes. Therefore, the JAPB getting indexed in the ESCI means that there is a chance for the journal to be recognized as a world-class academic journal on biodiversity.

The JAPB is an Open Access journal, so Korean researchers will have more chances to share and proliferate their research outcomes home and abroad.

Bong-Kyu Byun, professor at Hannam University and the JAPB's editor in chief, has formed a committee of editors composed of 36 renowned scholars from 8 countries (Korea, US, UK, China, Japan, Russia, Switzerland) to prepare for what is to come after being indexed in the ESCI.

The JAPB is a quarterly journal that uses Elsevier's online system for thesis submission, review and edition. Twelve volumes and one issue have been published until now, and about 400 papers have been published on the journal. Korea National Arboretum is sharing the costs of publishing.

Director Seung-Chol Lim of the Exhibition Research Bureau at the National Science Museum said, "The editors' dedication helped the journal get indexed in the ESCI. Getting listed on the ESCI will lead to the improvement of the quality of papers of the journal. I expect to see more quality papers that contribute to the growth of the biodiversity sector in the JAPB.

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