Glossary of terms

The following describes the concepts and definitions on which ResearchCycles bases its vocabulary and the resulting agreements, benefits, terms and conditions.

Researcher: refers to the main author of the initial version of the paper (pre-print), and who will register with RC and obtain the permissions to use our platform. This author will make his or her preprint available to other co-authors for investment to pay for registration of papers in journals and conference papers, as well as optional Open Access.

Co-author: refers to the professional who enters the platform and invests in one of our investment plans, in order to actively and synergistically participate in the elaboration of one or several scientific papers.

Researchcycler (RCR): refers to the researcher who, after being accepted by our selection committee, becomes a freelancer, who will place a determined number of pre-prints in our platform on a monthly basis and at the service of the academic community so that co-authors can join them through a monetary investment. The RCRs will have access to our monetization system.

Freelancer: Is an independent worker who offers specific jobs for companies or individuals, in an autonomous way, managing his/her time and work himself/herself.

Institution: refers to universities, educational corporations and/or research centers that acquire one of our investment plans. 

Price list: table where the base values and percentage of royalties are stipulated, according to type of publication, type of participant, quartile and number of authors entered in the publications.

Royalty base: amount based on which the royalties obtained by our participants are calculated depending on the quartile and type of publication and management selected.

Project: refers to a classification of specific knowledge and according to which a series of papers are grouped. Example: project to analyze the factors that affect university visibility in the countries of the Middle East.

Category: group in which a knowledge is included or classified Example: Computer science.

Investment plans: refers to our set of products and services where participants can invest to become co-authors in scientific publications.  

Scientific paper (Paper): A scientific paper is a document that informs, in a clear and precise manner, about the results obtained from an innovative research work on a specific topic, and which is usually sent to a specialized journal for its publication and subsequent dissemination.

Publication management: process in which the location and placement in a scientific journal of a manuscript (paper) is carried out.

Pre-print: a version of an academic or scientific paper that precedes formal peer review and publication in an academic or scientific journal; this version is subject to feedback from the co-authors.

Paper: a version of a scientific manuscript that has been fed back by its co-authors, and is ready to be placed in evaluation by a scientific journal or conference.

Principal author (PA): we assume as principal author the researcher who conceives and executes the idea of the scientific paper.  

Correspondent author: the person who handles correspondence with the editor: sends and receives mail by sending the paper, receiving the referee’s reports, etc. For the purposes of RC, this person will be the one who assumes the management of publication of the paper to the journal or conference.

Papers in Journals: a paper whose content is based on a scientific method and is published in journals indexed in SCOPUS and/or WoS, classified as Journal and quartile in scimago and/or impact factor in WoS.

Papers in Book Series: refers to those scientific papers generally published through conferences, but indexed by SCOPUS and classified by Scimago as Book series and quartile between Q2, Q3 and Q4; they may or may not be categorized in CPCI-S or CPCI-SSH.

Journal registration: refers to the payment that must be paid to the scientific journal for the publication rights of an article. This is established by the journal and under no circumstances will it include fees or payments for expediting publication processes that violate the ethical status established by the academic community.

Conference registration: refers to the payment that must be paid at a conference for registration of the main author (or the author that the participants of the paper select to support their research) and publication rights in a proceeding or conference papers according to the policies of the event.

Proceedings and conference papers: scientific paper presented and published in the memories of a conference. For CR purposes, these proceedings should be published in journals indexed by SCOPUS and/or WoS, and classified as book series or conference papers by Scimago or the indexing bases.

Campaign: refers to the process from the time the paper is placed on the fundraising platform until the total number of co-authors has been completed or the PA decides not to admit any more co-authors.

Participation system: refers to the categories of users, depending on the products and services they wish to join, among: researchers, co-authors, researchcyclers and institutions.

Cooperation system: refers to the types of contributions that each co-author is obliged to make for the improvement of the pre-print. They are classified into: data processing, critical writing, critical review and; layout, formats and translations.

Affiliation: refers to the organization/institution with which the authors are associated (e.g., where an author conducts his or her primary research), and which they cite in their article at the time of publication.

SCOPUS: is a bibliographic database of abstracts and citations of scientific journal papers. It covers approximately 18,000 titles from over 5000 international publishers, including coverage of 16,500 peer-reviewed journals in the fields of science, technology, medicine, and social sciences, including the arts and humanities. It is published by Elsevier and is accessible on the Web for subscribers.

Percentile in SCOPUS (P): is a value that serves to compare an ordered set of data. The percentile result is set to a value from one to 100. Generally, in the case of papers indexed by SCOPUS, those that are above or equal to the percentile 50 (i.e. the best half of the classification) are considered to be high-quality journals, book series or conference papers or TOP.

SJR (Scimago Journal Rank): is a metrics that weights the prestige of a journal. It distributes equally the prestige of a journal among the total number of citations in the journal and normalizes the differences in citation behavior of the different thematic fields.

Cite Score: Calculates the average number of citations received among all published documents in the three years prior to the metrics. It is updated annually and the percentiles of the indicator are presented in addition to the indicator.

Web of Science (WoS): Is an online scientific information service, provided by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), integrated into ISI Web of Knowledge, WoK. It provides access to a set of databases containing citations to scientific journal papers, books and other printed material covering all fields of academic knowledge.

The Web of Science Main Collection: consists of ten indices that include information gathered from thousands of academic journals, books, collections, reports and conferences, among many other sources.

The first three citation indices contain the references cited by the authors of the papers. It completely covers more than 12,000 important journals of worldwide impact.

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-Expanded) — 1900-to present
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) — from 1900 to present
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) — 1975 to present
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) — 2005-to present

Conference Proceedings in WoS: The two conference proceedings citation indexes include published literature from the most significant conferences, congresses, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops and conventions related to a wide range of disciplines. They cover more than 148,000 proceedings based on books and journals in science, social sciences and humanities from 256 disciplines.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Science (CPCI-S) — from 1990 to present.
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Social Sciences & Humanities (CPCI-SSH) — from 1990 to present.

SCI-E: Science Citation Index Expanded is a multidisciplinary index of science journal literature. It fully covers more than 8,300 major journals in 150 scientific disciplines and includes all cited references captured from indexed papers.

SSCI: Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index of social science journal literature. It completely covers more than 2,900 journals from 50 disciplines related to the social sciences. It also indexes relevant elements selected individually from more than 3,500 of the world’s most important technical and scientific journals.

 A&HCI: Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index of arts and humanities journal literature. It fully covers more than 1,600 leading arts and humanities journals from around the world. It also indexes relevant elements selected individually from more than 6,000 major science and social science journals.

Journal Citation Report (JCR): it is the best known and most valued quality indicator by research evaluation agencies. It measures the impact of a journal according to the citations received for papers published and collected in the Web of Science (WOS). JCR has two annual editions, JCR Science Edition and JCR Social Sciences Edition. The publication window is two years retrospective, although there is an Impact Factor with the data from 5 years ago. Note that there is no impact factor for Art and Humanities, except for History and Linguistics.

CPCI-S: Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Science this citation index covers conference literature in all scientific and technical fields.

CPCI-SSH: Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Social Sciences & Humanities This citation index covers conference literature in all fields of the social sciences, arts, and humanities.

IEEE Xplore: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Xplore Digital Library. It offers access to the full text of more than three million documents of the world literature (periodicals, conference proceedings, standards, books, training courses) in engineering and technology.

Anti-plagiarism report: report provided by RC to the co-author or institution where it reflects the study of our experts on the originality of the paper and some suggestions for improvements. 

Similarity Index Report: The similarity report shows a percentage and a corresponding color that indicates where this percentage falls, in terms of content match. The percentage is generated by the amount of matching or similar text compared to the number of words in the submission in total. RC provides this report based on ithenticate turnitin for a minimal additional cost. 

Collaboration agreement between co-authors: document that must be signed by all co-authors of a paper in order to commit to participate in our cooperation system and accept our terms and conditions.

Royalty plans: plans offered by CR for the generation of profits to the members of the participation system.

ResearchCycles monetization system: royalty plans available to our participants to generate income based on the writing and/or publication of scientific papers in journals and conferences indexed by SCOPUS and/or WoS.

Third Party Payment Invoice: refers to the collection invoice issued by RC to the co-author who wishes to participate in one of our investment plans, and which will be in the name of a third party for payment; usually the co-author’s membership institution.

Open Access: is a movement that promotes free access to scientific literature, encouraging its free availability on the Internet and allowing any user to read, download, copy, print, distribute or any other legal use of it, without any barriers.

Certification of contribution to project: document that demonstrates the type of participation that the co-author had in the formation of the final version of the paper.

Analysis time: time that goes from the sending of the paper to RC by the researcher or RCR until RC approves it and places it on the platform to start the investment process. It should not exceed three working days.

Investment time: time that goes from the moment RC places the paper on the platform to start the investment process until the total number of co-authors has been completed or the AP decides to close the campaign. It should not exceed 30 calendar days.

Placement time: time from the end of the investment time to the submission of the paper to a journal or conference as agreed with the co-authors. This time includes the feedback of the co-authors to the pre-print to obtain the paper to be applied. It should not exceed 15 calendar days.

Evaluation time: refers to the time from the placement of the paper in the journal or conference until the letter of acceptance or rejection is issued to the corresponding author. It depends on the publication medium.

Improvement time: time that goes from the emission of the acceptance letter to the sending of the final version of the paper including improvements if the reviewing pairs deserve it. It should not exceed 7 calendar days. 

Time of publication: time that goes from the end of the improvement time to the publication of the paper in the journal online or physically as appropriate (for our purposes, the in-press version is considered to be published). It depends on the publication medium.

Indexing time: time from the publication of the paper in the journal to its indexing in the SCOPUS or WoS databases. It depends on the indexing base.

Project time: time from investment closing to publication of the paper in journal or conferences as appropriate. For journal, it is estimated in one year and for conference papers of 6 months according to investment plan.

Limit of collection: minimum amount collected by a campaign to make payment for the registration of the paper in the journal or conference

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