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Vol 7, No 1 (Suppl) (2022): Supplement
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The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the main restrictions that domestic scientific journals currently encounter and propose options to support them. In order to accomplish this, the main areas of journals’ verification by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) are analyzed. The proposal to establish a special status for a scientific journal, separating it from the social and political media, is made. Proposals to exclude obsolete and unnecessary requirements from the List of HAC (High Attestation Comission) journals and to include new ones that would improve the quality control of publications have been made. The author makes suggestions on forming a national list of scientific journals and a platform for assessing the quality of publications. It is noted that without considering the opinion of editors and publishers of scientific periodicals, the created “White List” of Russian scientific journals will cause numerous doubts about its objectivity.


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The article is devoted to the topical issue of the prestige Russian economic scientific journal’s Future. The problems of publishing the scientific research’s results by Russian economists in prestige citing scientific journals are identified. The former official vector to index domestic economic scientific journals in Abstract and Citation Databases (Scopus, Web of Science) without a guaranteed state financial support for the original (in Russian) and translated versions of the journal is criticized. The data on the leading Russian economic scientific journals are compared at the intersection of two lists of scientific journals of the Russian Higher Attestation Commission (main and additional /Abstract and Citation Databases), a list of new scientific specialties of the Russian Higher Attestation Commission, two topics of the NEB elibrary “Economics. Economic Sciences” and “Organization and Management”, as well as the QS subject ranking “Social Sciences & Management”. It is concluded that the model of the Russian economic scientific journal, which is adequate to the current moment, under the conditions of Western sanctions, is not implemented at all. This model involves the publication in the original version in Russian with a translated version, and provides access to them for Russian researchers on unlimited publication topics and for publishing the results of dissertations for the degrees of Candidate of Science, Doctor of Science. The measures of the protectionist policy to keep domestic economic journals with founders-universities are substantiated.


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The results of applying the Power BI free software in the management of a scientific journal are presented. It is shown that even the creation of the most basic dashboard allows management solutions aimed at improving the editorial work to be obtained. Data on the manuscript flow for the past several years can be used as input to Power BI to make informed decisions about future trends. All available free forecasting techniques in Power BI are compared in terms of forecast accuracy. The Power BI force-directed graph plugin for establishing connections between reviewers is analysed. On this basis, recommendations to scientific editors concerning the selection of reviewers and the development of a scientific journal are provided. This research is focused on the search for simple solutions that can be applied by the editorial team without acquiring specific knowledge in the field of Data Science.


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The author based on his experience revealed a typology of quasi-professional researchers and their manuscripts, which are submitted in the Russian academic periodicals for Humanities and Social Sciences. Different methods of declining quality in the context of violation of academic ethics are considered, about 30 kinds of them have been identified. Each of these examples complicates the peerreview process (perhaps without the obtaining of final result). This research has some perspectives to be kind of an academic guide for academic periodicals’ management and for its contributors. Thanks to this project, as its author believes, it is possible to reduce the organizational and time costs for evaluating manuscripts submitted in modern academic periodicals for Humanities and Social Sciences, as in Russia as so in some foreign countries.

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The article focuses on the academic expertise. Various types of assessment are considered. The author studies the evaluation’s violations and systematizes them in the phenomenon of expertise’s criteria declining. So, it is no coincidence the special attention is paid to the expertise’s parameterization. This work is the result of its author experience – for more than 20 years – with dozens of research institutions in different countries. Findings and outcomes can be used both by the expertise-holders (the definition of this publication’s author) in various fields of this kind of research activity and by the projects /text’s contributors.

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The authors divided scientific journals into two main categories – “herbivore journals” (subscription journals that do not charge authors for the publication of their articles) and “predatory journals” – paid journals that adhere to unscrupulous editorial and ethical policies. Accordingly, “predatory publishers” are those companies that publish “predatory journals”. As a rule, articles by these publishers are published in the open access mode. The criteria by which scientific publications are classified as “predatory” are considered. It is emphasized that the “charging” nature of the publication does not necessarily make it “predatory”, but creates a situation in which the publisher using the “gold” open access is almost always interested in the maximum number of published works with a significant reduction in the quality requirements for manuscripts sent to the editorial office. The situation with the Jeffrey Beall’s list is briefly considered – the history of its appearance, the criteria for including publishers and some individual journals in it, possible reasons for the abolition, access to the list today. The possible reasons are analyzed why scientists publish in paid journals instead of submitting their articles to free subscription editions, the rating of which, as a rule, is even higher. Considerations of the authors of this article regarding the clear non-obviousness of the advantages of publications in the open access mode for a lot of money are outlined. The current situation with the MDPI publisher, which is very popular among modern scientists and which Jeffrey Bill (and not only him) nevertheless refers to as “predatory” is considered in detail. It is emphasized that the established principles of the existence of “predatory journals” primarily satisfy the authors of the articles themselves, who are attracted by both the speed and the “high guarantee” of the publication process.


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The author shows brief information about the Technical Сommittee for standardization “Scientific and technical information, librarianship and publishing” (GOST TC 191). The Committee today based on the State Public Scientific and Technical Library of Russia. The author presents the work of Committee and overview of the current standards of editorial and publishing. The author analyzes and evaluates the development of the State standards fund in this area and presents new projects of the National Standardization Program of the Russian Federation for 2022. The paper notes the important role of State standards in creating a regulatory and methodological framework for both editorial and publishing activities, and a single information space of knowledge in general.



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In the presented material the potential and capabilities of private universities in development and promotion of Russian science is analyzed based on information from the Web of Science Core Collection and RSCI databases. A definition of the concept of “private university”, used at the international and national levels, is given, as well as statistics on the number of private universities in Russia and the share of academic staff working in them. A comparative analysis of quantitative and qualitative scientometric indicators of authors affiliated with private and public universities is carried out. The dynamics of the indicators of scientific journals affiliated with private universities during 2017–2020 is studied. The conclusion is drawn that private universities not only possess scientific potential, but also have real tools to promote scientific results of national science.



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The article discusses the place of social sciences and humanities in the system of scientific knowledge in modern Russia, and shows on the example of historical memory, and how their importance to ensure national security and development of society as a whole, especially emphasizing the predictive function, has increased in the current context. The problem of the transition from old forms of scientific communication to new ones: from printed publications to digital tools of production, storage and distribution of scientific knowledge is considered. Drawing historical parallels, the author explains how important to maintain the position of domestic science and our country in the world to make this transition, and emphasizes the role of the editors and editorial boards in solving this problem.

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The article discusses the history of the journal “Far Eastern Studies” as a leading academic publication created to cover the problems of modern China. Each stage of formation and development of the journal is characterized in detail, as well as the influence on scientific communication of changes in the Soviet-Chinese and Russian-Chinese relations. Difficulties of both objective and subjective nature, which Russian sinologists are faced with at the present stage – related to the digitalization of work and current foreign policy problems– are outlined and possible ways of their solution are indicated.

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The article shows how, when developing strategies for promoting a scientific journal, it is important not only to follow the trends of publishing activities and take into account the current level of development of the scientific discipline, to which most of the published materials are devoted, but also to preserve the traditions that have contributed to successful communications between scientists from different countries for many years, translation of new discoveries and activation of cognitive activity of both individual scientists and entire research institutes. The main problems arising in the organization of the work of the editorial board and members of the editorial office are briefly listed. The problems are covered by the example of the journal “Studies in the History of Science and Technology”. Ways are proposed for solving a number of problems and promoting the journal in the direction of openness to authors from different countries and strengthening the interdisciplinary research topics.

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The article presents results of the analysis of Chinese scientific and engineering journals currently included in the leading international citation scientometric databases Scopus and Web of Science focusing at an alternative possibility of publishing articles by Russian authors in Chinese English-language journals. The sufficiently large quantity and high quality of these journals are shown, along with the diversity of their subject categories, and the top ten journals are highlighted. Taking these top ten journals as an example, the terms for publishing are considered, which depend on the use of various publication models (full or hybrid open access), together with different solutions for authors to overcome the problem of high fees for article processing charge in the case when this condition exists. The conclusion is drawn that Russian authors have noteworthy options to publish their articles in the Chinese English-language journals in present-day conditions.

ISSN 2542-0267 (Print)
ISSN 2541-8122 (Online)