Bibliometric Indicators of Russian Journals by JCR-Science Edition, 1995-2010

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A representative empirical bibliometric analysis of Russian journals included in the Journal Citation Reports-Science Edition (JCR-SE) for the time period 1995–2010 was conducted at the macro level (excluding the subject categories). It was found that the growth in the number of articles covered by JCR (a 1.8-fold increase compared to 1995) is ahead of the growth rates of Russian publications (1.2-fold increase). Hence, the share of Russian articles covered by JCR-SE was down from 2.5% in 1995 to 1.7% in 2010. It was determined that the number of articles published in an average Russian journal reduced by 20% as compared to the number of articles in an average journal of the full data set. These facts could partly shed light on the question why Russian research performance is staggering (approximately 30,000 articles per year), although the coverage of Russian journals has expanded to 150 titles. Over the past 15 years, a twofold increase in the impact factor of the Russian journals has been observed, which is higher than that for the full data set of journals (a 1.4-fold increase). Measures to improve the quality of Russian journals are proposed.


A. N. Libkind

All-Russian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Russian Academy of Sciences

Author for correspondence.
Email: libkind@viniti.ru

Russian Federation

V. A. Markusova

All-Russian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Russian Academy of Sciences

Email: valentina.markusova@gmail.com

Russian Federation

L. E. Mindeli

Institute for the Study of Science, Russian Academy of Sciences

Email: L.Mindeli@issras.ru

Russian Federation

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