Russian journals in the bibliographic database Scopus (Scopus)

Scopus is the largest international abstract citation database, which contains many scientific journals and articles. In this database, you can find materials from a wide range of scientific fields, posted in authoritative peer-reviewed publications. In recent years, Russian magazines have been actively added to the database at Scopus, their percentage is small among the total number of publications cited. Basically, the base consists of international magazines, and only a small fraction falls on national publications, which have a number of shortcomings:

  1. Articles are published in the national language.

International journals publish articles exclusively in English, while national journals publish in the native language of the publisher’s country. Thus, the readership of published material is narrowing significantly, and the results of the work remain not recognized by the world scientific community. Therefore, we have sad statistics that the scientific research of Russian scientists is practically not known and not recognized in the global scientific community. Therefore, when choosing a magazine, it is worth considering this fact and will work on translating the publication into business English.

  1. The specificity of the material supply process.

Despite the fact that Scopus combines more than 20,000 different publications around the world, the English language of the scientific style has gained the advantage of publishing scientific articles. This implies a certain system of writing text, the order in which sections are formed, the style and logic of the presentation of the material in each of them. In turn, the traditional design of scientific material in Russian practice, in many respects does not meet the established requirements of international standards. Not many Russian publications indexed in Scopus allow publications in English. Even if the material is set out in accordance with all the rules established in accordance with specific Russian requirements, the author of the article may be refused to publish his article. A negative review or categorical rejection is usually also facilitated by the quality of the translation of articles published in Russian journals into English. Thus, for a Russian scientist and Russian science, publication in a Russian publication will not contribute to increasing authority among the global scientific community.

  1. A limited number of Russian journals in the Scopus citation database.

The number of Russian magazines in the Scopus database is very limited. The list of Russian journals indexed by Scopus as of 2018 will also not be replenished with a significant number of national publications. This means that not all relevant and significant articles will get their chance to publish in a prestigious journal. In addition, not every scientific field can choose a Russian journal among those indexed in the Scopus citation database. This situation is due to the fact that most Russian scientific journals do not meet established international standards and, according to careful selection, do not fall into this citation base. Of course, this is not a reason for mistrust of respected Russian publications, but it does not always allow researchers to declare the results of their work in the framework of international science, to apply for international grants and other perspectives that the publication in Scopus indexed publications offers them.

Thus, Scopus 2018 magazines in Russian will still be available exclusively to the Russian-speaking audience, they will be inferior to foreign publications in quantity and significance. The current situation determines the need for Russian scientists to reach the international level by publishing their scientific articles in foreign peer-reviewed English-language journals. To date, most scientists have recognized the need to prepare materials for international publications, but there is a degree of unwillingness to go through the entire difficult path of independent publication.

Russian magazines in Scopus 2018 are unlikely to change their characteristics, which, in turn, impede the progress of Russian science.

Therefore, in order to truly advance Russian science, to strengthen its position and authority among the global scientific community, it is necessary to publish scientific articles in peer-reviewed foreign publications that are part of authoritative bibliographic and abstract citation databases such as Scopus or Web of Science.