Altmetric-Citation Disequilibria in Alzheimer-Disease Papers: Might Such Discrepancies Influence Journal Choice in Manuscript-Submission Decisions?

2017-10-02T13:26:57Z (GMT) by Aaron A. Sorensen Colin Magdamo

Upon completion of a manuscript, authors must go through the process of choosing a journal to which they will submit their work. The choice of journal can be difficult as there is a tradeoff between total-time-to-publication and the prestige of the journal to which they first submit. Specifically, if a group of authors “aims too high” they can find themselves caught in a frustrating cycle of “major-changes-requested” or of outright rejections which can delay the publication of the article for months. The prestige of a journal has come to be quantified by its Journal-Impact-Factor (JIF), and the manuscript-submission options weighed by a group of authors are likely bounded by a minimum JIF they would be willing to accept and by a maximum JIF above which, it would be foolish to aim. Within a given manuscript’s JIF-submission band, there will likely be multiple journals between which the authors in question find themselves unable to discriminate in an informed manner. As the use of altmetrics has become more widespread within the word of scientific publishing, a natural question that arises is whether altmetric-based journal characteristics might help submitting authors decide between competing journals with neighboring JIF values.