The quality indicators that DICE offers to Spanish Humanities and Social Sciences journals are obtained directly from the publications received by the Evaluation of Scientific Publications Research Group (EPUC). From October 2010, the evaluation of publications will be carried out quarterly.
To update the information published in DICE, the last published issue of each journal received is examined. However, there are two indicators which require the review of the last three issues: openness to external authors and internationality of the contributions.
For new journals, the evaluation is not carried out until three issues have been published. With regards to journals which have been published for some time but are not included in DICE, publishers will be requested to send the last three issues to carry out the first evaluation. Publishers who wish to have more details about forwarding issues and the evaluation process applied by DICE, may consult the webpage http://www.cchs.csic.es/epuc (FAQs).
The quality indicators applied in the new version of DICE are as follows:
- External evaluators:journals comply with this parameter when they state explicitly in their issues that in the selection process of originals for publication, they are systematically submitted for a report by experts who are external to the institution publishing the journal and its Editorial Board. These reports are the basis for making a decision on whether to publish a work or not, which will ultimately rest with the Editorial Board and the management of the journal.
- Databases:when the presence of a journal is not occasional it is considered to be covered by a database. If the journal has been systematically covered by a database and no entries have been incorporated since the year 2000, it is considered that the database has stopped covering the journal, even though it has been previously covered. As databases are dynamic and include and exclude journals constantly, EPUC will update the presence of journals in databases every two years. Nevertheless, if a publisher is aware that his/her journal has been included in a database and can substantiate it, EPUC will be able to include the journal in DICE. The list of databases with which EPUC works can be consulted
- Evaluation of dissemination: this indicator is related to the presence of journals in databases. Each journal obtains a score depending on the databases in which it is indexed. The value of this indicator varies between 0 and 16 (highest punctuation). The objective of this indicator is take into account two variables which are found in the dissemination of journals in databases: the greater or lesser selective nature of the database and its subject specialization. There are some databases that are much more selective than others and in which it is difficult to be included, therefore being present in them has in principle greater value. In addition, the subject coverage of databases may result in a different value for each journal for being in some databases or in others. For more information about this indicator
- Openness to external authors: a journal is considered to comply with this criterion if at least 50 per cent of the works published in a year are from authors coming from organizations independent of the publishing institutions.
- Internationality of contributions: this indicates the percentage of contributions in a year in which at least one author is not Spanish. The objective of using this indicator is to measure the interest that the journal has for foreign authors and its level of internationality in this sense.
- Number of Latindex criteria:this indicates the number of quality editorial criteria fulfilled by each journal according to the Latindex
(www.latindex.org) system. This system establishes 33 quality criteria for printed journals and 36 for e-journals. Those journals which comply with more than 25 criteria are included in the Latindex Catalogue, which is more selective than the Latindex Directory.
- ANEP category:this indicates the category of each journal according to the evaluation system ANEP/FECYT envisaged in the document
document Quality Criteria in research in Humanities. The possible categories of this system are (from the highest to the lowest): A+, A, B and C.
- ERIH category: this indicates the category of each journal according to the evaluation system employed by the project European Reference Index for the Humanities
(ERIH). The possible categories of this system are (from the highest to the lowest): A, B and C.
- CARHUS plus category: this indicates the category of each journal according to the evaluation system CARHUS plus developed
by AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) of the Generalitat de Catalunya. The categories that are foreseen in this system are A, B, C
and D, although up to the present only category A has been applied.
The criteria included in the previous version of DICE can be consulted here