This issue of Dynamic Relationships Management Journal (DRMJ) represents the start of its fifth year of publication, with the first issue being published in 2012. The journal has been published regularly over the years, with at least four original articles in each issue, more than 40 in total, collectively representing a large volume of individual contributions. As befits the international nature of this journal, the contents of these articles have been very diverse, and the authors have come from many different countries.
DRMJ was initially published only in printed form, but in order to achieve greater impact and visibility an electronic version was introduced in the second year of publication, and offered to the readers via the internet. In the first step the ISSN number for the electronic version of the journal was obtained. At the same time we modified the website of the Slovenian Academy of Management (SAM), which now allows the online publication of the journal. The next step was inclusion of the journal in various international databases, which required a number of significant changes to both journal and website. These included publishing details of the editorial board on the webpage, renaming some positions, preparing a code of ethics, and so on. In 2015 the journal joined the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system, and all of the articles published in DRMJ are now covered by this. Moreover, DRMJ is currently indexed with and included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Ulrichsweb, Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) and Google Scholar. It is also in the final step of the indexing process for the J-Gate database.
In Slovenia, the journal was included in the “List of magazines that are not included in the international bibliographic databases, but taking into account in the categorization of scientific publications” (“List”) by the Scientific Council for the Social Studies at Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). Inclusion in the DOAJ and / or the “List” is a condition for the journal to be considered for co-financing by the ARRS, which would greatly facilitate future work and publishing efforts. We anticipate that the ARRS’s call for co-financing journals will be published in September 2016.
This year we again submitted an application for entry into the international database Scopus. While the review procedures are long and can last more than one year, this time we expect a positive response, since we complied with all the auditor’s comments with regard to the modernization of the journal and website. IBSS is another, very important journal database, and while our application for this was filed more than a year ago, the review process remains ongoing.
Since this is also the last issue in which we will participate as editor-in-chief and technical editor, it is appropriate for us to offer a short review from this perspective.
With regard to technical issues, in addition to working for the journal to be included in various databases, we also devoted a lot of attention to its design and the layout of the articles, with this work being done using the most advanced tools. Some of the goals here were based on the criteria for inclusion in the databases, while others were established for practical reasons or to achieve a more modern design.
As editor-in-chief I would first like to thank you, the readers, for your feedback and opinions, which have helped us to improve this journal over the years. Of course, I offer special thanks to those of you who have responded to our call for submissions, as your contributions have enriched the content of the journal and helped to achieve many of its aims. Above all, I would like to thank the authors for their quick responses and patience, since the deadlines involved in preparing an article for publication are often very short. One of the most important parts in this process has been the work of the editorial board in their roles as reviewers, supported by a number of external reviewers, who mostly responded to my pressing requests in a very short time. Your proposals and suggestions helped the authors to raise the quality of their articles, and thus that of the journal as a whole. In this context I would like to express special thanks to Prof. Rudi Rozman, former President of the SAM Society, for his very active participation in the publication of the journal, and in helping solve the problems and operational challenges associated with the strategic directions of the journal.
With its inclusion in a growing list of databases it can be concluded that DRMJ has managed to meet some of its short-term goals, and this was possible due to its publication of high quality articles. While we believe this shows how successful the journal has been in its first years of development, it is important to focus on the future, and it is anticipated that DRMJ will continue to be included in more prominent databases, thus increasing its visibility and further attracting even higher quality articles. To new editor-in-chief and technical editor we wish a lot of success and we believe that the journal will become even better and will be placed alongside the best
Jože Kropivšek, Editor-in-Chief
Anton Zupančič, Technical Editor
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