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Australasian Plant Pathology: an analysis of authorship and citations in the 21st century

Calver, M.C.ORCID: 0000-0001-9082-2902, O’Brien, P.A. and Lilith, M. (2012) Australasian Plant Pathology: an analysis of authorship and citations in the 21st century. Australasian Plant Pathology, 41 (2). pp. 179-187.

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To better inform editorial planning, we analysed Australasian Plant Pathology's (APP) authorship and readership 2001-2010. Authors came from Australia (57%), the Americas (Canada, USA and South American countries) (11%), New Zealand (7%), other Pacific and Asian countries (9%), Europe (5%) and other nations (11%), with the Australian contribution declining over the decade. Most authors were government employees (55% overall), but this category declined from 58% in 2001 to 46% in 2010. Academic authors (40% in 2001 to 49% in 2010) and other authors (2% in 2001 to 5% in 2010) increased. Using Scopus (December 2010), >= 73% of papers between 2001 and 2007 were cited >= 1, declining to 19% in 2010. Authors citing APP came from 114 countries (ISI Web of Science's cited reference feature, December 2010). Compared to 23 plant pathology journals over 2002-2007, APP ranked 15th over 10 journal usage statistics. In cluster analysis APP was closest to Journal of Phytopathology, Forest Pathology and Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. Given its increasing proportion of authors from outside Australia, the many countries citing it and its usage relative to similar journals, APP makes a broad regional contribution with global recognition. The editorial challenge is to identify and solicit the 'new and significant work' that the journal web site claims to prioritise for publication.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Springer
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