Media Asia Experiences More Submissions, Early Issue Releases and Increased Citations in 2023

By Danilo Araña Arao
Editor, Media Asia

Media Asia celebrated its golden year in 2023 with more manuscript submissions, early issue publications and higher citations.

From January 1 to December 18, 2023, new manuscript submissions increased by 64.55% compared to the same period in 2022. This could be attributed to the journal’s respectable turnaround time in handling manuscripts. On the average, the articles included in Volume 50 were published online in 206.46 days (refereed articles) and 52.67 days (non-refereed commentaries and reviews) from the date of submission. The authors’ trust in the journal is apparent even if the acceptance rates are 10.11% (refereed articles) and 30.35% (non-refereed ones) based on the final editorial decisions on manuscripts submitted from 2020 to 2023.

The quarterly journal’s Volume 50 issues were published two to three months ahead of schedule. The issue titles are Education and Perception (March 2023), Challenges (June 2023), Framing (September 2023) and Relevance (December 2023). With a cumulative total of 674 pages, these issues have 52 articles (i.e., 24 refereed articles, 8 commentaries, 16 reviews and 4 editorials). Following an early view system, all articles in Volume 50 were already published online from May 2022 to July 2023 even before the assignment of volume, issue and page numbers.

Notwithstanding the low acceptance rates, this situation shows that the journal has enough articles not only to produce upcoming issues in 2024 and 2025 but also to publish the issues ahead of time. In fact, the March 2024 and June 2024 issues are already 100% complete as early as the third quarter of 2023. The September 2024 issue, on the other hand, is 91.67% complete and only needs one more refereed article to complete the line-up. Articles have also been included in the December 2024 issue, making it 41.67% complete. As regards the 2025 issues, there are already 6 non-refereed reviews lined up for the March and June issues.

Media Asia has a Q2 CiteScore Best Quartile with a score of 0.9 in both Scopus CiteScore 2022 and Scopus CiteScore Tracker 2023 (as of December 9). From 2019 to 2022, the journal had 57 citations from 64 documents. As regards latest data in 2023, the journal had 92 citations from 100 documents. This is an improvement from the journal’s Scopus CiteScore 2021 which was pegged at 0.5 (i.e., 30 citations from 66 documents). The journal’s Q2 status means that it is ranked in the 25% to 50% group in the same field.

Media Asia is a peer reviewed journal that focuses on practices in journalism, advertising, public relations, entertainment and other aspects of media in Asia. The journal’s editorial board is composed of eight women and four men who are based in nine locations in Asia, Europe and North America.

The Editor is Danilo Araña Arao (University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines). The Associate Editors are Lisa Brooten (Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA), Roselyn Du (California State University Fullerton, USA), Eunice Barbara C. Novio (Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand), Sheau-Wen Ong (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China), Paromita Pain (University of Nevada Reno, USA) and Nick Y. Zhang (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong). The Editorial Advisory Board is composed of Sarah Cardey (University of Reading, UK), Ataharul Chowdhury (University of Guelph, Canada), Minjeong Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea), Deborah N. Simorangkir (Swiss German University, Indonesia) and Tom Sykes (University of Portsmouth, UK).

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