Polish Geological Journals in Light of the ISI Citation Database
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The State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN) introduced an objective critical evaluation of the scientific status of Polish research institutions (mostly based on number and quality of papers published) that determined level of their financial support. However, a strong over-production of low-quality scientific publications still characterizes the network of domestic journals in Poland, and many suggestions toward a consolidation of the publishing activity due to more critical criteria of their assessment and donating remain practically without response. On the other side, the recently available bibliometric data proved to be of more essential and practical significance also in increasing participation of Polish journals in international information transfer. Comparative-statistical analysis of a representative sample of the leading Polish geological scientific journals in 1996-2002 reveals a distinctive progress in editorial quality and citation indices in comparision to early 1990s, exemplified by the international success of 'Acta Palaeontologica Polonica'. As shown by 'Geological Quarterly', a likelihood of indexation of Polish scientific serials by the Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia (ISI) is enhanced by thematic preferences toward universal, 'hot field' research matters (especially these related to multidisciplinary environmental studies in Earth Sciences), paired with a progressive internationalisation of the article authors (predominantly from Central and Eastern Europe), increased competition among domestic authors and continuing non-direct promotion by publishing in the foreign core periodicals. Only that last prerequisite is more and more fulfilled as a result of rapidly increasing publication activity of Polish geoscientists even if rank of Poland in the world's geology ISI classification remains unchanged.
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