Unique Features of the Journal of Universal Computer Science
Having appeared as a monthly journal since 1995 with uninterrupted publications,
the Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS) contains over 1,420 papers
(numbers are from end of 2008).
In the past, J.UCS has been noted for its
novel features such as multi-format publications, multi-categorized information
entities, sophisticated fulltext search, typed annotations and bi-directional
links [Liew, and Foo, 2001] [Krottmaier,
2002] [Dreher, Krottmaier and Maurer 2004].
To meet the expectations of J.UCS readers, highly sophisticated features
such as automatic reference analysis, similarity search between documents
and other features using knowledge management technology are being developed.
We aim to provide a rich personalized experience for users of the journal.
Facilities are now underway to allow readers and editors to ask questions
such as: 'Which other resources should be read to understand this article?'
and 'Who are the real experts on this topic?'. We will now focus on the
unique features of J.UCS:
J.UCS covers all areas of computer science. Since papers are structured
by topics, only papers in particular areas of interest need to be examined
by readers, the rest can be ignored. Just use the navigational button "Articles
J.UCS has a reviewing system that assures rapid turn-around of papers submitted.
With its current strength of over 300 high profile editors, and the number
still growing, there are few areas of computer science that are not covered
by some expert editors.
J.UCS was probably the first journal to allow interactivity, by posting
comments on any paper. This feature which is now considered one of the
basic features of Web 2.0 has been available in J.UCS already ten years
before the term Web 2.0 was even coined. We encourage you to use this feature
for comments and discussion: when you read an abstract, just click on the
"Write a Comment" button to leave interesting information for others!
J.UCS has introduced and will continue to introduce innovative features.
One of them, the "Link into the Future" provides two important types of
information: (a) has one of the authors of the paper at hand published
other papers in J.UCS at a later stage? (b) has the paper at issue been
cited by other papers in J.UCS? Try it out! Clearly you will have a better
chance to find such "Links into the Future" with papers that have been
published some time back. Try for example the paper at http://www.jucs.org/jucs_2_3/government_cryptography_and_the
and click here at the "Links into Future" button. You find out this way
(note that the result screen may be hidden if you have several open windows)
that this paper was quoted twice later in J.UCS and one of the original
authors contributed two further papers to J.UCS, later. Finding future
papers and citations will be extended in 2008 to include sources beyond
Overall, many other new features for J.UCS are under development: we
will report on them in a year's time!
J.UCS thus remains a major source for scientific papers in Computer
Science. We present here the information on the development of J.UCS in
2008 as compared to 2006:
Increase in % between 2006 and 2008
|Number of downloaded PDF or PS files
So what does this mean? First, even when J.UCS was not free access (for
most of 2006) it was quite popular. In addition, the number of page views
has further increased dramatically within two years by 120%. That the number
of PDF and PostScript files downloaded has more than quadrupled indicates that now, since
it became free access, readers are more often not just reading the abstracts,
but are downloading the full papers afterwards.
It is more difficult to calculate how often papers are downloaded on
average, simply because even now, a substantial number of the downloaded
papers come from earlier issues, even from issues published as early as
1995. To be specific, in 2007 papers from vol.1 (1995) were still downloaded
22.192 times. In 2007, papers from vol. 11 (2005) were downloaded 61.383
times. Taking the number of papers in that year into account means that
each paper of 2005 was (on the average) downloaded 500 times in 2007.
A rough calculation thus yields that over the years that papers are downloaded
an average of more than 3.000 times each. Looking at it in a different way, in
2008 alone each of the 1440 papers was downloaded on average more than 450 times.
Taking into account that the rate of download of older papers decreases surprisingly
little, the 3.000 average per paper is probably still too low! Thus, an important
consideration for potential authors; your papers will (on average) be seriously
studied by some 3.000 persons (as indicated by past readership behaviour!).
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