34 Years of Publishing in Geomorphology

Authors: Scott Lecce*, East Carolina University, Richard Marston, Department of Geography, Kansas State University, USA , Takashi Oguchi, Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, Markus Stoffel, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Topics: Geomorphology, Physical Geography
Keywords: Geomorphology, publication, authorship
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Elsevier journal Geomorphology was first published in July 1987, with Marie Morisawa as the founding editor. All journals that publish in this discipline have increased in size and influence over time. The journal has published over 6,100 articles covering 88,000 pages and currently publishes two issues per month. Geomorphology publishes open access articles (17 in 2018) and has published 146 special issues, including the Binghamton Geomorphology Symposia from 1995 and 1997-2018. The nationality of authors has become increasingly diverse. Authors from the U.S. and U.K. have produced the greatest number of articles, but their proportion of the total has declined markedly from 51% (1987-1999) to 26% (2010-2018) while the proportion of articles from China and Europe have increased substantially. To handle the increase in number of manuscripts, the number of editors has increased to the current seven, supported by an international editorial board with 75 members. The 2-year impact factor increased steadily to 3.308 in 2017. By comparison, the impact factor is 3.722 for Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 3.256 for Catena, 3.18 for Earth Surface Dynamics, 0.991 for Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, and 0.596 for Geomorphologie-Relief, Processus, Environnment. The editorial speed has improved. In 2018 the average time from submission to first decision was 10.2 weeks, and the time from submission to final decision (accept or reject) was 5.0 months. The rejection rate has increased from 53% in 2016, to 57% in 2017, and to 64% in 2018. Nearly 1 million full-text articles are downloaded from Geomorphology each year.

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