Japan Forum is the official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies. Its primary objective is to publish original research in the field of Japanese Studies, making available scholarship on Japan to an international readership of specialists and non-specialists. From 1996 Japan Forum has been published by Taylor and Francis, a major publisher in the area of Japanese Studies.
Japan Forum is multidisciplinary, publishing contributions from across the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. Articles range from archaeology, language, literature, philosophy and culture to history, economics, politics, international relations and law. Submissions from younger researchers as well as from established scholars are welcome, as are submissions that cross disciplinary boundaries or do not otherwise match the subject areas listed above. All submissions are independently refereed.
Notes for contributors and submission instructions are available on the Taylor and Francis website.
Japan Forum is included in the Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index.
What is the Emerging Sources Citation Index?
The Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) is an additional Web of Science database launched by Thomson Reuters in autumn 2015. At launch it contained around 3,000 titles and will continue to grow in the future. Indexing in the ESCI is identical to the other core databases in Web of Science, but journals will not receive an Impact Factor. However this will increase the discoverability of content and allow us to conduct more in-depth citation analysis on journals included in the database.
Thomson describe this as extending the universe of publications in Web of Science to include high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging scientific fields. The database will currently be offered free to existing Web of Science subscribers
What are the requirements for indexing?
• Must be peer reviewed,
• follow ethical publishing practices,
• meet technical requirements,
• have English language bibliographic information
• be recommended or requested by a scholarly audience of Web of Science users.
All journals submitted for evaluation to the core Web of Science databases (the Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Science Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index) will now initially be evaluated for the ESCI, and if successful, indexed in the ESCI while undergoing the more in-depth editorial review.
What are the benefits?
Indexing in the ESCI will improve the visibility of a journal, provides a mark of quality and is good for authors. We have already seen examples of institutions and funders suggesting publication in an ESCI listed journal, similar to what already takes places with other Web of Science databases.