Editorial: ASAP Ten Years On

Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Feb 2017

John Stillwell

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Editorial: ASAP Ten Years On

Editorial: ASAP Ten Years On John Stillwell 0 0 School of Geography, University of Leeds , Leeds LS2 9JT , UK - This is the first issue of Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (ASAP) as it enters its tenth year of existence, a period over which the journal has grown quite rapidly in terms of both the number of manuscripts submitted and the number of papers published, particularly following recognition by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 2013. Manuscript submissions increased from 39 in 2013 to 141 in 2016, with a resulting drop in the acceptance rate from 59% of submissions in 2013 to 27% in 2016. Volume 1 of ASAP in 2008 included 11 papers totalling 242 pages in three issues; ten years on, we are planning for Volume 10 to comprise approximately 28 papers across 600 pages in four issues. The content of the journal has been very diverse with, for example, special issues devoted to Poverty and Deprivation Mapping, Demographic and Economic Change in Northern England, Internal Migration, Planning Support Systems, Urban Futures and Modelling Urban Behaviour. The average number of days to final acceptance has been reduced from 320 to 246 over the last three years and we have widened the international scope of the journal significantly. In 2015, for example, out of the 47 papers published in the four e-issues, eight were from the United Kingdom, five from Italy, four from each of Australia, Sweden and the USA, three each from Canada, China, Malaysia and The Netherlands, two each from Finland and Taiwan and one each from Belgium, Germany, Iran, Mexico, Poland and Spain. Journal impact factors are published each summer by Thomson Reuters and reflect the yearly average number of citations of papers published in a journal for a particular year compared with the number of papers published in the same journal in the previous two years. The two-year impact factors for ASAP for 2013, 2014 and 2015, and the numbers of citations and papers from which the factors are derived, referred to as source items, are shown in Fig. 1. The ratios of citations to papers underline the need to ensure that, as the journal increases the number of papers it publishes, these papers have impact and are cited by authors publishing in other journals.


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