On September 12, the editor of the magazine received the news from the Evaluation Committee of Scopus, the prestigious scientific database of the publishing giant Elsevier, which confirms its acceptance in the specialized catalog.
The mission of the magazine Logos it is to stimulate, disseminate and develop original scientific knowledge, generated by academics in the field of linguistics, philosophy and literature; as well as its innumerable points of contact.
Logos It is a tool of scientific diffusion, developed in the Faculty of Humanities of the University of La Serena, in co-edition with the University of Giessen and is inscribed in the institutional history when becoming the first magazine of the house of study to be indexed in Scopus.
In this way, the magazine Logos, already indexed in Scielo since the year 2016, becomes the first scientific journal of humanities to be accepted in Scopus (the scientific database dedicated to the most important humanities worldwide), associated with a university in the Coquimbo Region .
The importance of this achievement, as explained by the editor of the magazine and Director of the Department of Arts and Letters of the house of studies, Dr. Omar Sabaj, is that the indexation accounts for the prestige of the magazine and the quality of the work of Your editorial committee This prestige, he says, favors the University of La Serena in increasing its quality indicators; specifically, in the investigation of the humanities. The editor emphasizes: "for the humanities, having a publication in a magazine indexed in Scopus is equivalent to having a WOS publication of the first quartile."
30 years of history
The current scientific prestige of Logos it's not by chance. 30 has spent years of dedicated, rigorous and collaborative work history.
It was in the year 1989, when a group of academics from the Faculty of Humanities decided to initiate a publication that convened different research articles in linguistics, philosophy and literature for the preparation of the first volume of “Logos: Journal of Linguistics, Philosophy and Literature". It was a publication that was promoted by the Interdisciplinary Master in Latin American Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies.
With the passage of time, the magazine was increasing its prestige among the intellectuals of the humanities nationwide, becoming a showcase prized by the authors for the high quality standards of their contributions.
Until the year 2009, its editors were academics, Dr. Luis Soto Escobillana and Dr. Sergio Vergara Alarcón. The magazine was published in print and its periodicity was annual. In the same year, the current editor, Dr. Omar Sabaj, was entrusted with starting the process of digitizing the magazine and increasing the periodicity, from one to two editions per year (one per semester). These innovations will remain in history as initial milestones of the indexing process of Logos in Scielo and, recently, in Scopus.
Thanks to the impulse that the University of La Serena gave to its scientific journals, through the Vice-Rectory for Research and Postgraduate Studies, through the creation of an online portal to access these publications in the year 2012, Logos consolidated the path of sustained development of its prestige and its reach in the national and international scientific community.
Consolidation is no accident
For Dr. Sabaj, this indexing in Scopus has been achieved thanks to the important work of the magazine's editorial team. “The key to success has been to coordinate a team with advanced knowledge in the publications. One of the advantages of the editorial team is that most of its members know from the investigation the process of peer review; so they have been able to apply the knowledge generated in the research to improve the system […] The process of editing a journal is an activity in which it is impossible to estimate the workload. On the one hand, the amount of tasks is very varied and, on the other, the pressure of deadlines and the continuous flow of quality content is a requirement to be able to be in the indexers, ”added the academic.
Another characteristic that has increased the positive assessment of Logos magazine is the fluid communication with the authors. This is stated by Germán Varas, in charge of peer review of the magazine. “Today, publishers and magazines, in general, take a long time to respond to emails and to carry out the process. Within the national parameters, we are a super fast magazine, which responds diligently to the authors, which is always valued by researchers. ”
The current work team is made up of its general editor, Dr. Omar Sabaj; Associate editors, Dr. Sergio Vergara and Dr. Joachim Born, from the University of Giessen; editorial assistants, Dr. Miguel Fuentes and Dr. Horacio Simunovic; peer review officer, Dr. (c) Germán Varas; Paula Cabezas, in charge of diagramming and Pedro Palma, in charge of XML marking for Scielo.
The magazine celebrates 30 years and celebrates them in the best way. In December, an event will be held at the Faculty of Humanities to celebrate this milestone of great institutional importance.