Policy of the editorial board

A journal can perform its communicative functions only if information about it is globally available. This availability is provided by including the journal into scientific citation indexes (SCI). Rating policy of the Editorial Board is aimed at including the journal into the largest international SCI - Scopus Elsevier. This policy predetermines the requirements for papers and the journal itself.

Currently, the world has both national (Russian scientific citation index - RSCI, which includes the Solovyov Studies; Chinese – Chinese Science Citation Index, etc.), as well as international indices such as Thomson's Web of Science or Elsevier's Scopus. SCI allow you to get both thematic information related to the problems of the submitted research and its retrospective (information about cited and quoting publications), and information about the subjects of the research (authors, organizations). This allows the SCI user to perform an effective and comprehensive bibliographic search for publications on a topic of interest to them, as well as to obtain rating information (integrated publication and citation indicators, so-called impact factors, across the entire vertical of the social Institute of science). Such statistics create opportunities for an objective assessment of the scientific activity of research subjects. It is used, for example, when calculating the rating of scientific and publication activity of Russian universities, prepared by the Higher school of Economics and RIA Novosti by order of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation. In its Decision of March 7, 2008, the Higher Attestation Commission (HAC) Presidium introduced a system of necessary conditions (criteria) for selection in the List of publications recommended for publishing the results of dissertations for doctor's and candidate's degrees (HAC List), according to which the journal must be submitted to the RSCI.

The inclusion of a periodical in the list of HAC dramatically increases its status and interest in it from applicants for academic degrees. However, maintaining this high status requires the authors of publications and the Editorial Board of the journal to constantly improve their activities. The fact is that the list of HAC defines, in addition to many necessary ones, also the only sufficient condition: the inclusion of the current numbers of a scientific periodical or its translated version in a foreign language in at least one of the citation systems: Web of Science or Scopus. Inclusion in the international citation index means integration of information about the publication and the organization into the global information infrastructure, rather than the national one, and, consequently, the possibility of global thematic search and positioning of the level of scientific research for both the individual author and the publication as a whole. With this in mind, the Editorial Board of the Solovyov Studies began work on including the journal in the largest international SCI SCOPUS. The new scope of abstract and analytical capabilities (the SCOPUS database is more than 36 million entries, increases by 2 million entries annually and reflects more than 17 thousand publications) determine higher requirements for both the journal as a whole (international composition of authors and Editorial Board, availability of the journal's table of contents and website in English, etc.) and for individual articles.

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