A brief guide on scientometric databases

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It is important for any scientist that his work be seen by the whole world and other people can acquaint themselves with his research. In the age of modern technology, there are many ways to share one's research with colleagues and those interested in science. 

The publication of a scientist's research work is a great success for an author, just like for an artist - an exhibition of his paintings or for a writer - the publication of his book. The presence of a scientific publication is very authoritative in our time both for a scientist and for the University in which he works. 

To date, for the promotion of science and scientific activity, as well as protection of the author from plagiarism, there is a proven way to publish one's work. 
Publication of your work in the journal which is included in the scientometric database! 

Scientometric database is an abstract database that is used as a tool for preserving in history and checking the index of citation of research works. Also, it is a very convenient search engine, based on the search results in it, one can form an actual statistics. 

Today, we offer you to acquaint yourself with a small list of existing scientometric databases and consider their main advantages. 

Scopus - this name is probably familiar to every scientist. Indeed, this is an incredibly popular database and one of the largest (includes about 28000 journals). 
A scientific publication in Scopus is often a guarantee of successful defence. Scopus is a leader in publishing all global articles which annually issues more than a quarter of the world's scientific journals. 
In addition to all popularity, it is a very useful resource which contains actual collections of journals and conferences as well as it is an easy search of relevant and interesting materials. Scopus cares about its reputation and, therefore, conducts an annual "cleaning" of the journals-predators that ensures relevant and quality variants of publications. 

That is why, when acquainting oneself with all the requirements for defence, Scopus Database can be found most often. 
The publication in Scopus can be suitable not for everyone. The main competitor of Scopus Scientometric Database is Web of Science (formerly Thomson Reuters). 

Web of Science is also a search platform and abstract database of publications. The WoS combines the information in all fields of knowledge and indexes over 12 000 journals!
 Publication in the WoS is one of the most popular objectives in the world of science. 

This database is notable for significant selectivity to the material, so the terms of the article peer review can differ. An article's publishing in the WoS is the longest process compared to the other databases. 

The database is divided into three polythematic divisions: 

• Arts and Humanities Citation Index (publication database in art and humanities) 

• Social Science Citation Index (Database in social sciences)
• Science Citation Index Expanded (Database in natural sciences)


Natural, social and exact sciences are the most popular in the sources of the WoS Database. In the database there is a really small percentage of humanitarian journals. Therefore, scientists of the humanitarian direction most often use publications in the above-mentioned database - Scopus. 

The publication's topic in the WoS should be necessarily new and actual. 

The WoS and Scopus Databases are certainly the leaders, however, according to the rules of modern scientometrics, other databases are also suitable including domestic ones. 
For example, in Russia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, etc.) for publishing the articles, one can consider the RSCI Scientific Database (the Russian Science Citation Index).

The advantages of publication in the RSCI:  
• There is a possibility to publish one's work in Russian and there is no need for academic translation into English;

 • Shorter terms of a peer review and publication of the article; 
• Cost of the publication fee is lower than that of foreign publications.

However, it should be clarified at the Department if the RSCI will suit you for the scientific publication defence  since the requirements of higher educational establishments can differ. If to look globally, it is possible to find lots of variants of scientometric databases for publishing an article, there are such as: 
CrossRef, OAIJ, IndexCopernicus, JSTOR, WorldCat and many others! 

It goes without saying that in this direction there are many dishonest companies that use the author's unawareness. One of such examples is "Emerging" Web of Science Pointer. An author, paying attention to the name of the prestigious and popular WoS Database, does not delve into the material. After all, "Emerging" is the index of the WoS Database that covers journals which currently only pretend to be included in this database. 
A very important example of why such journals are not counted to anyone is that such journals have no impact factor. It is not calculated for the WoS ESCI. 
Such kind of "pitfalls" among publishing houses are really a lot. How one can avoid these "tricks" you can read in our next article! 

In conclusion, choosing between a particular database for the publication of your work, you need to carefully think over all the tasks that face you as a researcher. 
The question "Where is it better to publish an article?" should be solved only from the standpoint of your research interests and expected results of the publication. 

Scientific Publications-Publ.Science Company wishes you successful publications in the WoS, Scopus, the RSCI and other databases! We will always be able to help pass this hard way with a guaranted result!

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