APESM editorial and review effort is managed from Australia, New Zealand and North America by members of the sponsoring scientific College (ACPSEM), publication effort is in the Netherlands by Springer while online management and tracking of manuscripts is undertaken from India. In 2015 there were over 7800 institutions worldwide with access to APESM electronically via online deals with Springer. Manuscripts may arrive from any country and an approximate measure of the global visibility of APESM can be gained from the number of countries from which manuscripts are submitted for consideration and by the number of countries from which the reviewers are drawn. A manuscript is deemed to have come from the country of residence of the first listed author. During the 3 year period 2014–2016 manuscripts were received from a total of 53 countries. Table 1 column 8 lists the number of different countries from which manuscripts were received in each year. The top twelve source countries for APESM manuscripts are listed in Table 2. While authors from 15 European countries submitted manuscripts to APESM, the majority came from Asian countries.
The manuscripts are sent to reviewers who are recently published researchers in the field and these are drawn from a great many countries (see Table 1). The top twelve source countries for reviewers are presented in Table 2, column 2. Unsurprisingly, reviewers from English-speaking countries are most commonly used. However reviewers are also often drawn from India, China and Iran. While not amongst the top twelve, many reviewers were also from Germany, Spain and Greece .
The influence or impact of an article is sometimes equated to the number of times it has been cited , but another index is how often it is read as measured by the number of times that the article is downloaded. In 2015 there were 25,000 full-text downloads of articles from the journal’s website, which is an increase on the 19,000 downloads that occurred in 2014. Table 2, column 3, lists the countries that were accessing the greatest number of APESM articles in this way. Unsurprisingly, five of the countries who most prolifically download APESM articles are also among the most common source countries for manuscripts submitted to APESM; nine are among the common reviewer source countries; and ten were from the top twelve article producing countries in the world.
The twelve countries with the highest number of published articles in the SCImago combined categories of engineering and physics and astronomy in 1996 were, in order: USA, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, France, China, Italy, Canada, India, Spain and South Korea (with Australia 15th) . This combined category is used as a surrogate for medical physics and biomedical engineering because there are no separated categories for medical physics or bioengineering in the aggregated SCImago data. The publications data for the 3 year period 2014–2016 (Table 2 column 4) show that the top twelve nations haven’t changed over the previous 20 years, but that South Korea, India and China have all moved up the ladder significantly (Australia is now 13th). So China, India, South Korea have improved their ranking at the expense of the USA, Japan, Russia and some European nations. Iran has improved its publication performance from below the 50th rank in 1996 to 14th in 2014–2016. Similarly, Malaysia and Turkey have dramatically improved their output and rank. Hence it is not surprising that these ascendant nations are also among the major source countries for APESM manuscripts.