Quartiles and their particularities

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Every scientist in the preparation of the work for publication is faced with a choice of where to publish it.

And one of the most effective ways to significantly narrow down the selection of journals is to select a necessary quartile. All journals from Scopus and Web of Science Databases are divided into 4 groups (quartiles) and depending on internal indicators these companies include a journal in one of them.

After using this "filter", a number of journals will be several times reduced that will allow to choose further, being guided by the criteria of discipline, subject of research work, the absence or vice versa the presence of similar research works, etc. 

But what should you pay attention to, when determining a quartile suitable for the publication of your research work? After all, publication in such databases as Scopus and Web of Science can  contribute to not only improve the rating of scientists in the scientific environment, but also obtaning academic benefits, grants, conferring academic ranks/ degrees, etc., and this can impose specific requirements on a journal's level.

If there are no specific requirements from the decision-making bodies, the following recommendations will be helpful:

Q1 is the elite of scientific publications and get into the journals from this list without having a number of previously published research works with excellent citation, without the support of grants and lack of patents is rather a difficult task. But the requirements for publications to be accepted only from this quartile are rarely applied.

Q2 and Q3 are the “golden mean” of journals where a publication will be evaluated in a worthy way and will have a positive impact on a scientist's rating. Where to be published, having a quality research and a competent translation, is no longer an unachievable task. Although, in some cases repeated submitting a research work and getting a few refusals from journals during the first couple of months should be expected.

Q4 is the largest group of journals in which one can meet different publishing houses: from those that just want to earn on honesty of a scientist and fading stars to the journals of very good quality which, fortunately, prevail, which are either young or have not yet fully formed their circle of readers and authors for moving on to the next "league". Often, publications in such journals will be sufficient for applying for a grant, academic rank or salary supplement.

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