Quartile of the journal. Which to choose?

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Scientometrics is actively engaged in the study of science and its evolution, using certain measurements, statistics, and indicators. This article discusses the quartile of a scientific journal, its specific features, the calculation method and requirements for it, including recommendations for choosing an appropriate quartile to publish your scientific article.

Quartile of the journal. Which to choose?

Quartile refers to the category of a scientific journal. It is determined by indicators that reflect the level of citation. This helps demonstrate the relevance of the journal.

To determine the quartile, the following indicators are used

  • Impact Factor for the Web of Science Database (Journal Citation Reports (JCR)).
  • SJR for Scopus Database (SCIMago Journal Rank)

How is the quartile of a journal identified?

Journals are ranked in descending order by reference to Impact Factor and SJR (Journal Citation Rate). Further, this list is divided into 4 equal parts, after which each journal falls into a certain quartile (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4).

Q1 and Q2 are considered the “elite” of scientific journals, these are the most authoritative publications.

Q3 is the “golden mean”, which includes well-known and professional journals.

Q4 includes fairly new journals that are actively developing and have already gained some authority in the academia.

This system allows assessing journals as objectively as possible, regardless of the subject area.

Statutory documentation

On June 26, 2019, the Higher Attestation Commission under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation proposed recommendations on new approaches to the statutory regulation of the system of attestation of highly qualified scientific personnel in the Russian Federation. Below, we present the requirements concerning each quartile.

Requirements for an applicant for a doctorate degree to defend a dissertation in the form of a scientific report

– for physical and mathematical, chemical, and biological sciences — at least 30 articles in journals of the Q1–Q2 quartile;

– for medical, technical, agricultural sciences — at least 25 articles published in journals of the Q1–Q3 quartile;

Requirements for the publication of the main scientific results of a doctoral dissertation

– for physical and mathematical, chemical and biological sciences – at least 5 publications in jorunals of the Q1–Q2 quartile. This requirement will be introduced for dissertations defended after September 1, 2020.

– for medical, technical, agricultural sciences — at least 3 publications in journals of the Q1–Q3 quartile. This requirement will be introduced for dissertations defended after January 1, 2021.

Thus, the only thing left is to choose the appropriate quartile. In our opinion, it is important to thoroughly examine the legislative documents, as well as the individual requirements of universities, and be guided by them upon making decisions.

Scientific Publications Company has been operating in the scientific and publishing field for many years and knows all the requirements concerning the publication of scientific articles. Therefore, if you need to choose a journal with a particular quartile, please contact our specialists, and they will reply within a day and help you with all your questions.

As a reminder, we have recently published an article: “Why is it important to determine the indexing of a journal in the Scopus database, and how to do it?

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