JIPB and its publisher Wiley-Blackwell held a joint meeting on April 11th, 2013 to discuss the journal¡¯s progress in the past year, its potential areas of improvement, and its future prospects.
Present at the meeting were JIPB¡¯s Editor-in-Chief Professor Chun-Ming Liu, Associate Editor Professor Li-Jia Qu, Tina Wang and Carol Bacchus-Wermke from Wiley-Blackwell, as well as the JIPB Editorial Office staff.
Tina Wang began the meeting by discussing the journal¡¯s progress based on its 2012 objectives. Notably, the journal¡¯s impact factor is projected to reach 3.7 for 2012, a 45% increase compared to 2011. In addition, full text article downloads increased from 178,235 to 195,782, and online licensed subscriptions rose by 5%.
Wiley¡¯s Carol Bacchus-Wermke next took the floor to discuss potential Open Access models for JIPB, as well as social media marketing strategies. An Open Access model could increase JIPB¡¯s visibility by allowing digital copies of all its articles to be distributed freely to readers, while maintaining a high standard of rigorous peer review. Combined with strong social media marketing campaigns, JIPB would be poised to greatly expand its online presence and international visibility.
In addition, Carol announced that a mobile version of JIPB for iOS and Android devices is expected to be released by September, 2013. The application will feature on-the-go access, easy article navigation, support for interactive figures, and more.
Professor Chun-Ming Liu next announced that JIPB¡¯s layout and design will be enhanced to allow for a better reader experience. Among the discussed changes, figures noted in the text will be color-coded, margins will be adjusted to make better use of space, and the format of references will be improved.
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The JIPB Editorial Office