The Revista Politécnica (ISSN 1390-0129; eISSN 2477-8990) is a publication of the Escuela Politécnica Nacional. The journal was created in 1961, being the first Ecuadorian scientific journal, with the purpose of disseminating technical-scientific works to the national and international scientific community. Over the time and the different editors-in-chief who managed the journal, different changes and advances of it in the scientific community became evident. In 2013, the journal had an internal restructuring seeking to improve internal processes to meet the requirements established by international indexes.
In the following years, work continued on the regulations for structuring the team and the editorial committee, which enabled the Revista Politécnica to have an organizational structure within the Vice-Rectorate for Research. The Open Journal System (OJS) software for editorial management was then implemented, which allowed the journal to get indexed in different indexes and databases on scientific publications, being Latindex the first to be incorporated.
At that time, it was very clear for us that the publishing processes were necessarily linked to the construction of national and international academic and scientific communities; and that most researchers prioritize the submission of their articles to indexed journals as an indicator of journal quality, becoming it vital to the reputation and impact of published articles. This has boosted the improvement and growth of the journal with a view to its indexing in Scopus. Since its founding in the early 2000s, Scopus, which is Elsevier's abstract and citation database, was recognized as one of the top research indexes. We saw this indexing as a process to help the journal to provide greater confidence to both, researchers and readers due to basic aspects of quality in their journals.
To achieve the indexing goal, the competencies of the editorial team got strengthened in order to manage, coordinate, prepare, write, correct and review the articles to be published through the editorial process. Nowadays, the Journal publishes a quarterly number and is indexed in: Scopus, Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal (Redalyc), Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), Catalog 2.0 of Latindex, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Ibero-American Network of Innovation and Scientific Knowledge (REDIB), Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals (MIAR), Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), CiteFactor, PKP Index, Google Scholar, ResearchBib, International Institute of Organized Research (I2OR).
The editorial board of Revista Politécnica has as perspective for the following years to maintain the indexing and to improve its position in the quartiles of the databases; and at the same time to continue to strengthen the journal editorial team along with the editorial processes. The present work shows the path to indexing in Scopus database as well as some key points to achieve it.