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Focus and Scope
RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal is an electronic publication coedited by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and its eLearn Center, and the University of New England and its DeHub.
The thematic areas of RUSC are the following:
- University models in the knowledge society.
- Educational models and technology use in higher education.
- Open access systems for learning material use. Systems for development and use of open educational resources.
- Technological and pedagogical models and innovations.
- Transformations in higher education learning or administrative processes resulting from ICT use.
- Organisational and administrative perspectives of ICT use in higher education institutions.
- University governance and leadership in the knowledge society.
- Models of university presence and service using the Internet.
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Peer Review Process
All of the articles published in RUSC are previously subjected to blind review by members of the Scientific Editorial Board, who are renowned experts in the subject area.
Guarantee of blind review
As detailed in the author guidelines, authors must submit their articles without any personal details (name, surname, e-mail address, academic affiliations, postal address or brief CV). This information must be included in a separate file.
Stages of the article review process
Stage 1: Sending of original.
Stage 2: Assessment of the submission by the journal’s editorial team, who decide if the submission should go on for peer review or be declined, whether due to formal reasons or the content.
Stage 3: Blind review of the original by external reviewers who are experts in the corresponding subject area.
Reviewers are asked to assess the following: the article’s relevance to RUSC’s subject area; the writing and presentation; the originality and level of interest of the subject handled; the description of the research question; the presentation of the conceptual and theoretical framework; the adequate nature of the methodology used; the presentation and analysis of the results and conclusions; the relevance of the bibliographic references and the adequate nature of the tables and figures.
The peer review will take between one and six weeks, approximately. Throughout the process, article authors’ identities and peer reviewers’ identities remained concealed. RUSC has a database of reviewers with experts in methodologies and in the journal’s thematic areas. A list of the experts consulted is published every year. The journal provides reviewers with instructions and forms for assessing the quality and relevance of submitted articles.
Stage 4: Sending of the result of the review to those responsible at the journal.
The reviewers send the results of their assessment and their proposed decision to the journal’s editorial team, who, in light of the reports, will take a decision and evaluate whether the article should be sent to a third reviewer.
Stage 5: Communication of the result of the review to the authors.
Between three and six weeks after submission of the original manuscript. Authors will be notified of the editorial decision in a reasoned manner.
Accepted: An article is approved if the result of the two reviews is positive and the editorial team deems that the authors are not required to make any changes.
Not accepted: An article is declined if the result of one or both reviews is negative.
Modifications required: The results of the reviews propose changes to the content and/or format by the authors before a further review of the article. Making these changes does not guarantee acceptance of the article.
If authors recommend a particular reviewer for their article, the journal reserves the right to accept or reject any such recommendation.
RUSC is an electronic journal that publishes two issues per year (January and July).
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
The Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento, RUSC, has been accepted and included in the following directories, catalogues, libraries and databases:
Databases for the identification, evaluation and impact of scientific journals
- SCOPUS (Elsevier)
Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources
- MIAR (ICDS 9.454)
Database for the identification and evaluation of the citing of humanities and social sciences journals
Database for the identification and evaluation of the citing of spanish social sciences journals
Database for the reach and editorial quality of Spanish legal, humanities and social sciences journals
Online regional information system for Latin American and Caribbean, Spanish and Portuguese scientific journals
- Carhus Plus (AGAUR, Talència)
Classification of scientific journals in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities published on a local, national and international level
- h5-index (Google Scholar)
The h-index (as defined by Jorge E. Hirsch in 2005 in his article entitled “An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output” and published in PNAS) provided by Google Scholar Metrics is one of the most important indicators to rate a researcher’s scientific output. This index simultaneously assesses the quality (in terms of the number of citations) and the quantity of the scientific output. RUSC is 29th in the list of the leading hundred journals in Spanish, with an h5-index of 14 (the h5-index is the h-index of the articles published in the last five complete years).
Bibliographic databases (access via subscription)
- Educational Research Premier™ (EBSCO)
It indexes educational research journals
- Fuente Académica ™ (EBSCO)
A multidisciplinary collection of academic journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain
>> Access Fuente Académica (only available via the UOC Library)
Databases of academic resources on social sciences and education
- Educational Research Abstracts (ERA)
ERA is a comprehensive database comprising specially selected high-quality abstracts which cover the current international research in education
Australian Council for Educational Research
Autonomous University of Mexico Index of Higher Education and Research Journals
- ISOC (CSIC/CINDOC)
Directory of Social Sciences and Humanities Journals
Reference directories of journals
- Ulrich's periodicals directory
Reference source of worldwide journals
Web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected, promoted by seven British universities (Manchester, Oxford, Manchester Metropolitan, Nottingham, Heriot Watt, Bristol and Birmingham Universities)
AERA SIG Communication and research
The organization Communication of Research is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association
International Center for Journal Standards database
Portal for the dissemination of Spanish-American scientific work promoted by the University of La Rioja
Databases of open access journals
Directory of Open Access Journals (Lund University Libraries)
A portal with the terms in force for copyright and self-archiving at Spanish scientific journals
Bank of open access Catalan journals
Bank of open access journals with worldwide application (University of Michigan)
- Scientific Commons
Bank of open access journals with worldwide application (University of Saint Gallen)
Network of Latin American and Caribbean, Spanish and Portuguese scientific journals
Database of Spanish and Latin American scientific journals (CINDOC-CSIC)
A searchable database of publisher's policies on self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in open-access repositories
Consortium of Catalan university libraries
Network of Spanish university libraries
- Biblioteca virtual Miguel de Cervantes
The Library of Spanish Cultures (University of Alicante)
- Biblioteca Nacional de España
Collective catalogue of journals
- Biblioteca virtual Joan Lluís Vives
Library of Catalan, Valencian and Balearic Culture
Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in the UK and Ireland
Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in France
Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in Germany
RUSC’s Editorial Team functions
The Co-Editors guide and oversee the scientific quality of the journal, the members of the Editorial Board and the Scientific Editorial Board.
The Co-Editors’ responsibilities include:
- Setting the editorial line, together with the Editorial Board.
- Directing the activities of the Scientific Editorial Board.
- Representing the publication institutionally, officially and legally.
- Planning and supervising promotion of the journal.
- Taking strategic decisions for each issue.
- Assessing the development of the contents.
- Setting the journal’s strategy and periodically assessing the results, together with the Managing Editor.
- Promoting and establishing agreements with other institutions that foster scientific excellence and ensure the journal’s economic sustainability.
The Managing Editor is the main editorial post at the journal. They supervise the review, editing and publication of the articles.
The Managing Editor’s responsibilities include:
- Overseeing and setting the guidelines for the editorial line.
- Ensuring the quality of the contents and editorial excellence.
- Directing the activities of the Editorial Board and the Scientific Editorial Board.
- Approving the final version of every issue, taking the final decision on the publication of the articles and the issue in which they are to be published depending on their content.
- Drawing up the article submission and review timetable.
- Drafting the journal’s publication guidelines.
- Drawing up the review protocol document.
- Ensuring that the ethical rules of research and experimentation are observed in the articles published.
The Editorial Board is chaired by the Co-Editors of the journal and comprised of a group of specialists, selected for the quality of their scientific work in the field covered by the journal. They aid and advise the Managing Editor in decision-making and the ongoing improvement of the publication.
The Editorial Board’s responsibilities include:
- Assisting the Managing Editor in all their duties, and in monitoring the articles in particular (submission, review, acceptance).
- Monitoring the flow of manuscripts, controlling and ensuring compliance with the journal’s guidelines and ethical precepts.
- Controlling the quality of the reviewers’ reports.
The Scientific Editorial Board is comprised of university faculty, researchers and professionals of recognized prestige, and members of educational or governmental institutions proposed by the journal's Editorial Board.
The Scientific Editorial Board’s responsibilities include:
- Promoting the journal.
- Securing collaboration from potential authors.
- Proposing the production of monographic issues on subjects of special interest and/or relevance.
- Acting as reviewers for the journal.
- Guaranteeing the quality of the peer review process.
The Editorial Secretary possesses in-depth knowledge of editorial work. Besides assisting the Co-Editors in the day-to-day running of the publication, they interact on a daily basis with the editors, reviewers and authors to ensure the uninterrupted flow of the editorial process. They are also responsible for proposing the measures and actions that lead to the development of the publication.
Their responsibilities include:
- Issuing the certificates that are requested.
- Ensuring compliance with the policy drawn up by the Editorial Board.
- Having detailed knowledge of the articles and, initially, deciding which need to follow the established formal process based on the journal’s guidelines and ethical precepts.
- Drawing up the annual statistical reports on the editorial process.
The members of the technical team are appointed by the institution and Co-Editors, and are responsible for:
- Monitoring the correction, composition, lay-out and electronic publishing tasks.
- Managing the administrative and economic aspects in accordance with the institutional agreements established by the journal's management.
- Ensuring the overall consistency of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) journals in accordance with the criteria set by the UOC Publications Committee.
- Acting as liaison between the journal and the UOC Publications Committee.
RUSC's annual summaries
RUSC. Summary of 2009 in figures.
During 2009, RUSC has expanded its Scientific Editorial Board up to 34 members, of whom:
- 10 are from Spain (29%);
- 13 are from Latin America (38%): 4 from Chile, 3 from Mexico, 1 from Venezuela, 1 from Brazil, 1 from Peru, 1 from Colombia, 1 from Uruguay and 1 from Puerto Rico;
- 6 are from North America (18%): 4 from Canada and 2 from USA,
- And 5 are from Europe (15%): 3 from the Netherlands, 1 from Belgium and 1 from Portugal.
With respect to the articles received during 2009, we were sent 39 works (12 for the dossier), of which 24 were accepted and 15 declined. This means that the levels of acceptance and decline were around 60% and 40%, respectively. Most of the articles were peer-reviewed by two experts, normally members of the Scientific Editorial Board.
The number of subscribers to RUSC is now 881, who are those who have subscribed using the new Open Journal System management tool.
Finally, we have the following metrics:
Average monthly visits since April 2009: 5,051
Average monthly unique visitors since April 2009: 3,921
Average monthly page views since April 2009: 12,097
RUSC. Summary of 2010 in figures.
Over 2010, RUSC expanded its Scientific Editorial Board. It added 5 new members in 2010 to take the total to 39.
- 28% are from Spain (11);
- 36% are from Latin America (14): 4 from Chile, 4 from Mexico, 1 from Venezuela, 1 from Brazil, 1 from Peru, 1 from Colombia, 1 from Uruguay and 1 from Puerto Rico;
- 18% are from North America (7): 4 from Canada and 3 from USA;
- 15% are from Europe (6): 3 from Netherlands, 1 from Belgium, 1 from Portugal and 1 from France, and
- 3% are from Asia (1): 1 from Israel.
During 2010 we received 46 works (7 more than in 2009), 21 of which were articles, 19 contributions to monographs, and 6 reviews. Of the 21 articles, 5 have been published, 5 are being reviewed and the remaining 11 declined. Of the 19 contributions to monographs, 10 were declined, 7 published and 2 are being reviewed. With respect to the reviews, of the 6 received in 2010, 4 were published and 2 declined. Thus, the percentage declined was exactly 50% (23 works declined from the 46 submitted), which is 10% higher than last year.
All the articles have been peer reviewed, usually, by members of RUSC’s Scientific Editorial Board and in accordance with the journal’s guidelines.
Over 2010, RUSC has been accepted on Elsevier-Scopus, EBSCO (Fuente Académica™ and Educational Research Complete™) and ProQuest (Ulrich’s).
Finally, we have the following metrics:
Total visits: 72,928
Total visitors (unique users): 49,119
Total page views: 155,563
Total article downloads in PDF: 30,545
Monthly average visits: 6,077
Monthly average unique visitors: 4,093
Monthly average page views: 12,963
Monthly average article downloads in PDF: 2,545
Average time spent on the site: 2 minutes
RUSC. Summary of 2011 in figures.
Over 2011, RUSC received 45 articles for the journal’s miscellany section and 46 for the various dossiers for which calls were opened – 91 in total. 52 of these articles were rejected (a rejection rate of 57%). The journal also received 4 book reviews, of which one was rejected. In total then 95 works were received – more than double those received in 2010 (during which 46 were received in total).
The journal added eight members to its Scientific Editorial Board during 2011, from the 39 members it had at the end of last year to its current 47. The geographical distribution of the board’s members is as follows: 26% are from Spain, 36% Latin America, 21% North America (Canada and USA), 13% Europe (without Spain), 2% Asia and 2% Africa.
During 2011, the journal nearly doubled the number of experts contributing to improving the quality of the articles through peer review. The number of experts consulted rose from 32 in 2010 to 62 in 2011. Of these, 33 are members of RUSC’s Scientific Editorial Board and the rest are faculty and researchers from universities in Spain and around the world.
At the start of 2012 RUSC has 1,602 subscribers, 164 of whom signed up during 2011.
RUSC. Summary of 2012 in figures.
In 2012, the Universities and Knowledge Society Journal (RUSC) received 55 submissions for the Research Articles section and 25 for the various monographic Dossiers in response to the calls for papers issued throughout the year, bringing the total to 80 articles.
Of the 55 articles received in 2012 for the Research Articles section of the journal, 6 have been accepted, 15 are being reviewed and 34 have been rejected (4 were withdrawn by the authors).
Of the 25 articles received in 2012 for the monographic Dossiers, 4 have been accepted, 10 are being reviewed and 11 have been rejected.
Thus, of the 80 articles received in 2012, 45 have been rejected (56% rejection rate).
In early 2013, RUSC’s Scientific Editorial Board had 51 members: 16 from Spain (31%), 3 from other European countries (6%), 19 from Latin America (37%), 9 from North America (18%), 3 from Asia (6%) and 1 from Oceania (2%). Furthermore, Rosalind James from the University of New England (UNE), Australia, became co-editor of the journal alongside founding editor Josep M. Duart as a result of the new agreement between both universities.
In 2012, 57 experts reviewed the articles submitted to RUSC, of whom 41 are members of RUSC’s Scientific Editorial Board, 12 are from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) and 4 are from other Spanish universities.
In early 2013, RUSC had 1,931 subscribers, 329 more than in the same period the previous year.
RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal is an e-journal coedited by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona) and its eLearn Center, and the University of New England (Australia) and its DeHub.
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