Frequently asked questions

1. For what and how to use various scientometric indicators?

Scientometric indicators are a quantitative characteristic of the productivity of a scientist, a group of scientists, a university, a country as a whole, a journal, etc.


There are a large number of scientometric indicators, the most famous are:

  • h-index (Hirsch index), i10 index – calculated for scientists, university departments, universities in general, journals;
  • impact factor – calculated for journals that are indexed by the scientometric database Web of Science and are included in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index databases;
  • SJR, SNIP, CiteScore – scientometric indicators that are calculated for journals by the scientometric Scopus database.


All scientometric indicators differ in calculation formulas, but exist in order to be able to quantitatively assess the quality of science: publication, scientist, journal, etc. They are used to compile various ratings, assess the quality of work, award various prizes, grants, etc.

If we talk about the scientometric indicators of journals, then this allows to determine the level of quality and influence of a journal in the world, its readability and number of purchases, which in turn allows readers to choose which journal to read, which journals to subscribe to libraries, and to the authors of scientific publications in which journals to publish.

2. As a scientist, what can I place in the repositories?
3. How to determine quartiles of foreign peer-reviewed journals?
4. How to place a dissertation in the ProQuest Dissertation & Theses database?
5. How do I add my publications to ResearcherID and ORCID?
6. Why register with Google Scholar?
7. How to find out if a journal is indexed in the scientometric Scopus database (free version of the database)
8. How to find out if a journal is indexed in the scientometric Web of Science database (free version of the database)
9. How to make sure that research work published as part of a scientific event will be included in international science citation indices?
10. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Hirsch index and the impact factor, why am I forced to have them?
11. What is the ORCID ID and does the author of the scientific Higher Attestation Commission journal need it?
12. What is Bill's List? Where can I see it?
13. What types of peer-reviewed journals are?
14. How to correctly translate a surname into a foreign language if I want to submit an article to the Web of Science journal?

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