International Benchmarks

Seychelles Research Journal aspires to be an internationally recognized publication. Towards this end, from the outset the work of the editorial team is supported by a small group of international advisers. Their task is twofold – to monitor progress of the journal as a whole, comparing it with other international publications and, individually, to advise on suitable referees in specialist areas. We are greatly indebted to the following for agreeing to contribute in this way:

  • Dr Ashton Berry, Bird International, UK
  • Dr Pascal Nadal, Diocesan Service of Catholic Education, Mauritius
  • Dr Jivanta Schöttli, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore
  • Dr Erika Techera, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Kris Valaydon, Founding Editor Island Studies

Once the journal is fully established an application will be made to one of a number of international standards organisations. This cannot be done until a suitable track record can be demonstrated. To provide an example of what is required, reference is made below to the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journal, Series and Publishers.


Criteria for inclusion of new scientific publication channels

To be included in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, publication channels must meet the following minimum requirements:

Established procedures for external peer review. The concept of external peer review refers to various forms of editorial procedures that differ between academic fields and publication channels, and which indicate that the manuscript has been evaluated by one or more independent experts on the subject matter.

An academic editorial board (or an equivalent). Primarily consisting of researchers from universities, research institutes etc.

International or national authorship. Authorship of a publication channel is defined in accordance with the following operational criteria:

    • Authorship is international when less than two-thirds of the authors published in the publication channel are from the same country.
    • Authorship is national when more than two-thirds of the authors published in the publication channel are from the same country.
    • Authorship is local when more than two-thirds of the authors published in the publication channel are from the same institution. 
    • Scientific publication channels with local authorship will not be included in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers. National authorship is required as a minimum if external peer review is to function properly in a scientific publication channel. It is questionable whether external peer review can function satisfactorily for publication channels that primarily represent an institution’s own researchers.
    • NSD determines the authorship of publication channels by reviewing the issues published during the two last years.
    • Only original publications will be considered. Translated works that have already been published will not be considered.