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Russian Scientific Periodical Was Ranked in the Second Quartile of the Scopus Database

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The Mining University's journal, which has turned 113 years old this year, is now recognised internationally.

As it was reported earlier this week, "Journal of Mining Institute"(in Russian: «Записки горного института») got included in the second quartile of the international database Scopus under the 'Earth Sciences' section. This section is comprised of such subject categories as oil & gas, geology, geodesy, and a few others. The inclusion was made possible due to the increased citedness of publications in the journal.

CiteScore, which is an indicator that shows the ratio of citations for the last year's publications to the number of articles printed during the previous three years, reached 1.54 - a value that is considered a very good result.

"It was about five years ago when the University's Rector, Prof Vladimir Litvinenko, set the target of transforming "Journal of Mining Institute" from an internal magazine publishing only articles of the University's researchers into a respectable scientific journal. Now the journal is published in two languages - Russian and English. External authors provide over 70% of publications, and among them are foreign researchers as well - from China, Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, Portugal, and other countries. Owing to the gradual implementation of the new growth strategy, two years ago we were included in the scientometric Scopus and WoS (Web of Science) databases. And now we are in the second quartile of Scopus", says Svetlana Kupavykh, Head of the Department of Publications at the Mining University.

Elsevier, one of the four largest academic publishing companies, which publishes annually about a quarter of all research papers that go into print, also noted the progress that was made.

"The fact that "Journal of Mining Institute" is included in the second SJR (Scimago Journal & Country Rank) quartile of Scopus can be seen as a proof of recognition by scientific communities. Authors whose works are published in the periodical are mostly coming from high-profile researchers, while articles are becoming of higher quality with each year. Consequently, they are cited more often, thereby leading to the journal's transition into a more prestigious category", explains Galina Yakshonok, Consultant on Analytical Services at Elsevier S&T, Russia and Belarus.

It is worth noting that over 24 thousand scientific periodicals - including 550 Russian titles, of which 112 are ranked in the first quartile - are being indexed by Scopus. Based on the publication impact resulting from publications in first or second quartile journals, a particular scientist's contribution to the advancement of a research subject can be estimated.