Thomson Reuters for research development in Kazakhstan

On 13 June 2014 the National Center held a seminar on application of Thomson Reuters Web of Science-based analytical tools the for scientometry experts.

Active Web of Science users include scientists from 80 countries of the world including Kazakhstan thanks to the state-supported national subscription with this research platform from 2011.

Its scientific journal selection policy is based on Bradford’s law, an empiric pattern in publication distribution by journals suggesting that 3,000 journals cover 80% of articles, but what is more important, 92% of them is cited. Thus, minority of journals cover the absolute majority of significant research findings. A rigorous selection of the journals with impact factor is a continuous process. Averagely the data base contains 12,500 journals with nearly 2,000 journals being discarded.

T&R expert society is confident that they can identify leaders in specific disciplines and choose partners for cooperation. International collaborations are normally cited much more frequently that author’s cooperation within the country, city or individually conducted research. Name and reputation of a scientist, chance to achieve a grant funding, opportunity to participate in international collaboration are getting less dependent on personal views in the scientific society and more – on publication activity parameters and citation, T&R claims.

To evaluate efficiency, compare and assess research studies, another solution based on InCites tool is offered in addition to productivity, number of publications and citation – standardized citation rates suggesting that Kazakhstan research efficiency and reputation is higher than that of Russia. It is a very good base for further enhancement of research publications potential .