Title: A fuzzy integrated approach for the selection of academic papers to a special issue

Authors: Hulya Behret; Cigdem Altin Gumussoy

Addresses: Industrial Engineering Department, Erciyes University, 38034, Kayseri, Turkey. ' Industrial Engineering Department, Istanbul Technical University, Macka, 34367, Istanbul, Turkey

Abstract: The paper evaluation for a special issue is a lengthy process, which requires the collective collaboration of authors, reviewers and editors. In the first step, the evaluation criteria specific to each journal are determined by the editorial board and then reviewers make judgements whether to accept or reject the submitted manuscript by considering the previously determined evaluation criteria. The last decision of the submitted paper is given by the editor of this special issue by considering the reviewers' evaluations. The purpose of this study is to propose a systematic approach for the selection of academic papers to a special issue. This approach integrates fuzzy analytical hierarchy process (FAHP) with fuzzy multi-criteria scoring method (FMSM). The results of the FAHP imply that, through the academic paper evaluation process, the most important criteria are originality of the subject and the methodology proposed in the research study. After these criteria, discussion and conclusions and data analysis have higher importance weights than the other criteria as language, abstract and keywords, literature review and format of the paper.

Keywords: fuzzy AHP; analytical hierarchy process; FAHP; fuzzy MSM; multicriteria scoring method; FMSM; academic paper evaluation; special issues; academic papers; research papers; academic paper selection; research journals.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMS.2012.049925

International Journal of Applied Management Science, 2012 Vol.4 No.4, pp.371 - 384

Published online: 19 Oct 2012 *

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