Dear Friends before I start to put my points of views here and share information with you I would like to tell how I catch this point and how one can change the present perspective of India’s Physics Journals. One can generalize the subjects but being a part of physics and research journal publications I have focused first of all on Physics Journal in INDIA.
I am sure that the information will be shared further so all concern understand the role and contribute significantly for our people hard work and dedication who really involved transparently to uplift the reputation of Indian Journals in terms to not only share the latest information with scientific society but also for recognize the original work. It is also a matter of reputation of Indian Journal’s Publication Policy and authenticity of Publication ethics at global platform. More than six decades we are looking to the countries which have good publishers and are publishing the Journals of repute and we have subscribed to them after contributing significantly. Also paid heavily for subscription the Journals and always feel proud when publish the papers in such journals share to that on social media and brings indirectly a competition but no one celebrate when published papers in our own Journals like Pramana. My friends you know that we are at 9th position in number of publications in country ranking, according to SJR data . One should realize the POWER the Significance of Indian Scholars research contributions, but question is who taking the benefits of it and does we are really aware about the facts. After such quality production of documents we don’t have good journals do you know the REASONS???
According to the Scimagojr latest data India is at 9th position on global scale of country ranking and produced 13,02,605 documents since 1996 to 2016. In 2016 the country ranking was 5th and published documents were 13,8,986 this number increased with 3,894 in a year with the same ranking i.e. 5th in 2015 . This number is not small and enough to change the status of Indian origin based Journals, specially from Indian Academy of Science.
You will be surprise to see that Scimagojr database provide overall 14 research journals /Books/Proceedings that are listed and have SJR values from 1.170 to 0.103, while H-index of the Pramana –Journal of Physics is 38 which is maximum in all. Its a great pride for us that the journal is publishing since 1973 and rethinking point of view is that citation per document is less than 0.6 on average since 1999, it means 50% papers are not cited. If we saw only for two years the citation per document it suddenly decreases specially in last years (2015-16) .
For the Pramana Journal, In the year 2005 the total number of citation was 173 and uncited documents were 662 while in 2016 it was 175 and 403 respectively . Which is surprise for me that why didn’t editorial team observed these facts and take the appropriate action.
We have seen through this data that the only reputable journal of physics in India is facing the problem of citations, inspite to the Indian scientists are publishing good quality and significant research works in the field of Physics.The impact factor of the year 2016 is 0.520 , which is clearly indicates from the graph of citation per documents , as I have discussed in above paragraph. From this analysis I am sure that you have also catch the points why the impact factor of our journals is less and that reflect the quality publication automatically.
It is also important, you know about the impact factor calculations so the point I am raising here you get exactly. If suppose I have to determine the year 2016 impact factor of a journal, then I have to see the total number of paper citation in 2016 of those papers which published in last two years i.e. 2014-15 in that particular journal and obvious total number of paper published in same years 2014–15. Here, I have explain it by taking a simple example;
Journal Impact factor for 2016 =0.289 [for any journal, say]
A= Total cites in 2016=19 [just for information]
B=2016 cites to articles published in 2014-2015= 11
C= no of articles published in 2014-2015=38
So Impact Factor for 2016= D=B/C=11/38=0.289
So, by this way you have seen that how paper citation plays an important role for the impact factor for any journal. Indian Research Scholars are contributing significantly in various areas of physics and publishing big amount quality papers, if they can understand this point they can change the scenario of Indian origin based Journals by taking only one reference in his/her research articles.
I understand that my points of view may be different but the intention of every Indian scholars will be same. If you want that Indian Journals get reputation not only in India but also globally you have to do great work now and onwards, that is given below;
- Submit the original research articles in well established India’s Journals.
- Give always preference to your home country research workers for citation in all the Journals.
- When submit your paper(s) to any publisher, make sure that you have considered one relevant reference, of the Indian journals of repute like Pramana Journal of Physics.
NOTE: Author of this article is associated with publication of journals and working as an editor of the Physics Journal (www.jnp.chitkara.edu.in) and observed very closely the evaluation of Journal for indexing and abstracting along with publication ethics and related work.
Disclaimer: The author purpose is just only to bring this fact/analysis in researcher’s kind awareness that how one scholar can contribute in the progress of Indian origin Journal (s). The name of Pramana India’s Physics Journal name is coined just to bring this point exactly with proper examples without any intention.
Please quote proper and relevant references of Indian Journal (s).
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