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India in global top ten in research article output

B. Aravind Kumar
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Dr. Michiel Kolman. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
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Dr. Michiel Kolman. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Biometric tool SciVal Spotlight lists nation's research strengths

The “Research Strengths of India,” revealed by Elsevier's bibliometric tool SciVal Spotlight, could come in handy for policy-makers as well as institutional heads.

This was stated by Michiel Kolman, senior vice-president, Global Academic Relations at Elsevier, while presenting the data of the ‘SciVal country map' of India at the Indian Science Congress at Kattankulathur , near here, on Wednesday.

(Elsevier is a company which publishes medical and scientific literature. It is a part of the Reed Elsevier group.)

Dr. Kolman said India was strong, based on leadership articles, in chemistry (35 per cent), engineering (18 per cent), mathematics and physics (11 per cent) and biology (10 per cent).

India, which was in the global top 10 in article output, was growing at an impressive 8 per cent. It, however, lagged behind China and Brazil.

India was ranked in the top 20 in quality of articles. The most productive institutions in the country were the IITs, the IISc, and the CSIR institutions. The only university among the top 10 was the University of Delhi, Dr. Kolman noted.

Scopus, which served as the underlying bibliometric database for SciVal Spotlight, had sourced over 18,000 journals from over 5,000 publishers, scanning 42 million records (70 per cent abstract) and over three million conference papers. From working with researchers and librarians, Elsevier was moving towards the top of the pyramid. SciVal Spotlight was developed to target institutional heads such as deans, provosts, directors and heads of departments and government funding agencies, Dr. Kolman said. “SciVal Spotlight, will help evaluate research and establish strengths greatly assisting in policy formulation.”

It would be very useful for institutions to gather exceptional research teams and retain them. Top scientists in every discipline (based on quality articles) could be identified using the zoom in tool and narrowing subject-wise specialists. It would also help in identifying the strong areas of each university and explore the scope for collaboration between institutes.

Results revealed that research was very strong in physics, chemistry, engineering, earth science, biology, biotechnology and infectious diseases in India. Some areas in which the nation was not too strong were computer science, social science, health sciences, medicine, and brain research. Almost all institutes had shown a steady growth in publication of research articles, but there was some catching up to do with the best in the world in terms of quality, Dr. Kolman said. 

Being a Indian I am also proud of that Indian Research work is recogninsing and giving the weightage by the other countries also.

from:  Dr. Rekha Tiwari
Posted on: Mar 15, 2012 at 15:00 IST

I think the analysis is falwed and the data needs a closer loook at. Commercial publishers like Elsevier use such stats to push their journal sales.

from:  Gurumrthy
Posted on: Jan 5, 2012 at 12:25 IST

As a practising researcher, I found that there are quite a number of peer review committees in India as well, and plenty of competition. My moderated viewpoint is that no doubt finer resolution of the research spectrum can be found in a global scenario, India is no less in research. I was very much surprised by the Elsevier survey that we as a country are lagging behind in quality publications in the areas of computer science and medicine among others. There are plenty of inhouse publications in India especially in the field of computer science which cannot be metered by SciVal. Many of the practising researchers like me are finding it difficult to publish papers even in National Journals.

from:  Madhavan
Posted on: Feb 23, 2011 at 15:00 IST

As practicing scientist I have a profound disagreement with Dr. Michiel Kolman. India may be top 10 in publications but it is way behind many other countries at the top when it comes to quality (not that other countries have quality papers at all times). The people who run academia in India are rushing to get that copy-cat publication(s) at the expense of quality. The funding agency must also gleam for the quality, when it is ready to fund. I do not foresee the situation improving any time soon in this IT era, where science has taken back seat. The glaring example is how come we the Indians do extremely well in publishing quality papers when they are residing abroad and not when in India? I think there is no substitute to peer competition and I believe is the reason why there no quality.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Jan 7, 2011 at 01:40 IST
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