European Science Editing 46: e51051, doi: 10.3897/ese.2020.e51051
The Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI): the first three years (2016–2018)
expand article infoSergey V Gorin, Anna M Koroleva§, Alexey N Gerasimov|, Alexander A Voronov
‡ Journal of Economy and Entrepreneurship, Moscow, Russia§ Industrial University of Tyumen, Tyumen, Russia| Stavropol State Agrarian University, Stavropol, Russia¶ Kuban State University, Krasnodar, Russia
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Objective: To observe changes in the number, form (print and online), and distribution (by academic disciplines) of Russian journals indexed in the first three years of the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).

Background: The globalization of science and the need to involve Russia in the international process of knowledge exchange have influenced the main directions of publication activity and interaction with the world scientific community. 

Methods: Statistical information freely available through the databases of the Scientific Electronic Library of Russia for January 2019 were compared with data from January 2016. 

Results: In 2016, the number of Russian journals included in the RSCI was 650; by 2019, the number had increased to 771, an increase of 18.6%. The number of journals with printed and online versions increased by 13.3% to reach 266 units. The number of Russian journals indexed in Scopus and the Web of Science databases increased during the period, as did the number of journals with both print and online versions.

Conclusions: Journals from the RSCI database tend also to be added to Scopus or WoS databases and do not remain exclusively as part of the local database. Implementing the RSCI project had a positive impact on the full spectrum of Russian academic journals, which are increasingly committed to improving their work to continue to be part of RSCI or Scopus or WoS databases.

Academic journals, Scopus, Web of Science, Russian Science Citation Index, Russia