Russian Science Citation Index
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Russian Science Citation Index (Russian: Российский индекс научного цитирования (РИНЦ)) is a bibliographic database of scientific publications in Russian. It accumulates more than 13 million publications of Russian authors, as well as information about citing these publications from more than 5000 Russian journals. The Russian Science Citation Index has been developed since 2005 by the Scientific Electronic Library eLIBRARY.RU. The information-analytical system Science Index is a search engine of this database; it offers a wide range of services for authors, research institutions and scientific publishers. It is designed not only for operational search for relevant bibliographic information, but is also as a powerful tool to assess the impact and effectiveness of research organizations, scientists, and the level of scientific journals, etc.
From 5000 Russian scientific journals only about 500 are presented in foreign databases (i.e. not more than 10%). Those are mainly translated journals. So far, the vast majority of Russian scientific publications remain "invisible" and not available online. Russian Science Citation Index makes it real to objectively compare Russian journals with the best international journals and brings them closer to researchers all over the world.
In Russia, this database is one of the main sources of information for evaluating the effectiveness of organizations involved in research. It allows to appraise:
- Scientific capacity and effectiveness of research, and
- Publication activity
through the following indicators:
- The number of publications (including foreign scientific and technical journals, and local publications from the list of Higher Attestation Commission) of researchers from a particular scientific organization, divided by the number of researchers,
- The number of publications (registered in the Russian Science Citation Index) of researchers from a particular scientific organization, divided by the number of researchers, and
- Citation of researchers (registered in the Russian Science Citation Index) from a particular scientific organization, divided by the number of researchers.