Seychelles Research Journal is an internationally recognized publication.
From the outset, the work of the editorial team has been 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. The names of members of the advisers is shown at the start of each issue of the journal.
Additionally, there are several international standards organizations with the authority to verify the status of the journal. One of these is the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers. Following a successful application to this body, Seychelles Research Journal is registered as a credible publication. As the following extract shows, it meets the requirements on the following basis (the relevant category of authorship is marked with an asterisk).
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.