25th January 2018

JPMD sees record number of downloads in 2017


At the beginning of each January the editorial team for the Journal of Place Management and Development (JPMD) always receive a Journal Performance Report for the last 12 months of activity. The figures relating to 2017 look encouraging. In terms of downloads of JPMD articles, we acquired 33,723 hits in 2017; up 8% on the previous year. It is also interesting to see where these downloads are being made. UK institutions account for slightly less than half the 2017 download total, but there also appears to be a steady stream of interest in the journal from a diverse range of countries across the globe, including: Malaysia, Australia, China, Indonesia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the USA. This is a testament to the truly international readership of JPMD, something which we will continue to nurture and support.


The number of citations to articles published within JPMD also reached 464 in 2017, a 70% increase on 2016. These kinds of metrics are very important for developing the journal’s profile, particularly in journal performance databases like Scimago. It will be interesting to see whether the previous year’s uplift in citations to papers published in the JPMD has a positive effect on the journal’s positioning in Scimago subject categories like Urban Studies and Geography, and Planning and Development in 2018. One thing that we will know shortly is whether the JPMD has managed to gain entry into the Chartered Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Guide; a revision of the guide is expected to come in spring of this year and our journal applied for entry into this at the 2* level. If we manage to obtain this rating, it will be a significant achievement for a publication that has been around for just over a decade. If we do not obtain 2* status, it is something we will continue to strive towards.


In terms of the editorial team of the JPMD there are some recent minor changes to note. Dominic Medway has moved from the role of Academic Editor, to simply Editor, and essentially is in charge of the day-to-day running of the journal. However, Cathy Parker will continue in the Editor-in-Chief role, as she is able to provide an invaluable overview of how the JPMD’s direction of travel in intellectual and academic terms aligns with the mission of the wider Institute of Place Management (IPM). This is important, as one of the journal’s unique selling points and qualities is the fact it is directly linked with a professional body that is implementing place management on the ground. Such a relationship should give authors publishing in the journal a degree of confidence that their work is being read by IPM members and place management practitioners who have open access to the journal’s content. This increases the likelihood that research published within the journal can have real-world impact.


In terms of the rest of the editorial team, Sebastian Zenker and Cecilia Pasquinelli will continue in their roles as Associate Editors (AEs), where they undertake invaluable review work for the journal; and Heather Skinner has now also agreed to take on an AE role, to help cover papers with a more tourism-based focus. Ares Kalandides continues to make a major contribution to the journal through editing special issues on topics of current interest in the field, but we continue to welcome special issue proposals from others. Last but not least, the editorial team would not be complete without the outstanding work of Gareth Roberts, who takes an active role in helping authors tighten their work at the minor revisions stage.

Professor Dominic Medway