The quote from Canagarajah shows the situation most academic journals have recently been going through in developing countries. In the Colombian scenario, academic publications like profile are being demanded to comply more and more with regulations emanating from Colciencias, the Colombian research agency in charge of the classification of the scientific journals edited within the country (Colciencias, 2010, 2016). Its latest rules have relied heavily on jcr (Journal Citation Reports, led by Thomson) and sjr (Scientific Journal Ranking, managed by Scopus) and, to a lesser extent, on the h5 index (h5). The changes introduced in the national policies are based on the need to measure the impact of the national scientific production and to increase its acknowledgment in the international picture. The h5 index examines the number of citations made per article in a period of 5 years using Google Scholar and measures researchers and journals impact.
For discursive and material reasons, Third World scholars experience exclusion from academic publishing and communication; therefore, the knowledge of Third World communities is marginalized or appropriated by the West, while the knowledge of Western communities is legitimated and reproduced; and as part of this process, academic writing/publishing plays a role in the material and ideological hegemony of the West. (Canagarajah, 2002, p. 6)