SPARC Japan NewsLetter No.12 コンテンツ特集記事トピックス活動報告
Japan’s Scholarly Journals

Yuko Nagai
(Secretary-General, The Zoological Society of Japan)
The Zoological Society of Japan
Name of society: The Zoological Society of Japan
Founded: October 20, 1878
Membership: 2,370 (As of January 20, 2012)
Journal titles: Zoological Science
Field: Biology
Platforms used:

• BioOne

URL: [ BioOne ]
E-journal specifications: XML
Electronic submissions system: ScholarOne Manuscript
Copyright policy: One year after publication in Zoological Science, articles may be published in IR and SA.

Measures Needed to Further Improve the Journals

Zoological Science is the successor of two journals—Zoological Magazine and Annotationes Zoologicae Japonenses—and has a history of more than 120 years including the time of its predecessors. Because of its mission to cover all areas of biology, Zoological Science carries articles in the field of developmental biology, which tend to be cited quickly, and articles on evolution and classification, which tend to be cited somewhat belatedly. Therefore, even though we wish to achieve a higher impact factor, we believe that we should reaffirm the raison d’etre of Zoological Science and cope with the needs of the coming age. In practice, this may mean rethinking of zoology without being obsessed by the desire to raise the impact factor. While the journal participated in BioOne in 2007, there was a conspicuous rise in the total number of citations from around 2006 and 2007, which we believe is attributable to our efforts, through participation in SPARC, to increase the reputation of Zoological Science.

E-journal Sales Promotion to University Libraries

In order to increase e-journal sales, we intend to strengthen our public relations activities toward university libraries, particularly, those in other Asian countries. As academic societies participating BioOne are allowed to market their journals on their own, we would like to respond, in particular, to the needs of those university libraries in Asia that cannot purchase BioOne Collections. By increasing revenue through such efforts and enhancing our publishing capabilities, we intend to direct more investment in our journal.

Promotion to Authors to Further Increase Submissions

Enhancing public relations efforts targeting authors is an attractive and important future challenge for us. With support from SPARC, we have promoted our journal and elicited articles during an annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology of the United States. We would like to make active efforts to organize similar opportunities to communicate directly with students and researchers who are prospective contributors to our journal and encourage them to submit their articles. Increasing the publicity of the journal through advertisement is also important but we will make efforts in this regard in parallel with enhancing the quality and content of the journal.