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Russia’s best scientific journals join global Web of Science platform
23 Dec '15
Thomson Reuters, a global media company running the international Web of Science database, and eLibrary.ru, the Russian scientific electronic library that has developed Russia’s Scientific Citation Index, announced the creation of a new database of Russia’s best research journals to be placed on the Web of Science platform as the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI). Portal Science and Technologies RF that reported the news also noted that the best of today’s domestic Citation Index will form the core of the new database.
It is expected that the project will help Russian researchers and scientific journals make themselves much better known globally that they are today.
The Russian-language database will be WoS’ fourth such national project after the Chinese, Korean and Latin American platforms that already exist.
Prior to joining the new RSCI, journals were screened thoroughly by a special Working Group and also by Russian scientists themselves, for whom WoS is a key working tool. As a result, 652 publications were selected, of which 202 have an English-language version.
According to Pavel Kasyanov, an expert at Thomson Reuters in Russia, the availability of an English-language version of an article, or at least an abstract in English, boosts reader interest dramatically and helps increase citation.
“Research journals can be either the newest or none. In our project, we aimed to identify among a host of Russian scientific journals the ones that are the newest and best,” said Oleg Utkin who runs Thomson Reuters’ IP & Science division for Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Placing the new database on Web of Science, a global resource, and the launch of the Russian version of the website are expected to help Russian scientists get more actively involved in international research activity.