National Interests: Priorities and Security
 

Publication activities of Russian scientists as a tool to serve the interests of the State: A critical analysis of certain 'myths'

Vol. 13, Iss. 12, DECEMBER 2017

Received: 23 October 2017

Received in revised form: 14 November 2017

Accepted: 30 November 2017

Available online: 22 December 2017

Subject Heading: Priorities of Russia

JEL Classification: F50, I23, O33

Pages: 2188–2199

https://doi.org/10.24891/ni.13.12.2188

Ruban D.A. Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation ruban-d@mail.ru

Importance Research activities contribute to a better positioning of any country on the global scale. Being a key indicator of scientific research, publication activities of scientists undergo the influence of various underexplored factors.
Objectives The study aims to perform a critical analysis of certain widespread 'myths' describing the drivers of publication activities, as their consideration is crucial to develop an adequate State policy in the sphere of science and to involve the latter in the economic relationship.
Methods I theorize that publication activities of Russian scientists is an important instrument in supporting the interests of the State. Based on various statistical information, I analyze three ubiquitous myths about factors impacting the publication activities, provide qualitative interpretation of the data and perform a correlation analysis.
Results Intensive publication activities of scientists imply the permanent accumulation of intellectual capabilities in the country, promotion of its favorable image, thus enhancing the investment appeal. Over recent years, Russian scientists have submitted more articles to international journals, and the proportion of articles coauthored by foreign specialists has shrunk. The grant-based and publication activities in federal universities of Russia do not demonstrate any correlation.
Conclusions The State policy in science should pursue more intensive publication activity of domestic specialists, however, it is important to avoid too high requirements as they have nothing to do with direct interests of the State.

Keywords: State interests, intellectual capabilities, international journal, scientific paper, economics of science

References:

  1. Nosachevskaya E.A. Nauka kak fundamental'naya otrasl' ekonomiki [Science as a fundamental branch of economy]. Moscow, Prosveshchenie Publ., 2012, 168 p.
  2. Gabrys B.J., Langdale J.A. How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 226 p.
  3. Linton J.D., Tierney R., Walsh S.T. Publish or Perish: How Are Research and Reputation Related? Serials Review, 2011, vol. 37, iss. 4, pp. 244–257.
  4. Snieder R., Larner K. The Art of Being a Scientist: A Guide for Graduate Students and Their Mentors. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, 296 p.
  5. Zuin A.A.S., Bianchetti L. Productivism in the Age of the 'Publish, Appear or Perish': A Difficult and Necessary Balance. Cadernos de Pesquisa, 2015, vol. 45, pp. 726–750.
  6. Grishakina E.G. [Publication activity of Russian researchers: Academic science]. Nauka. Innovatsii. Obrazovanie = Science. Innovation. Education, 2016, no. 4, pp. 137–151. (In Russ.)
  7. Pol'din O., Matveeva N., Sterligov I., Yudkevich M. [Publication activities of Russian Universities: The effects of project 5-100]. Voprosy obrazovaniya, 2017, no. 2, pp. 10–35. (In Russ.)
  8. Tereshchenko D.S., Shcherbakov V.S. [The economic analysis of publication activity in Russia]. Ekonomika obrazovaniya = Economics of Education, 2017, no. 3, pp. 123–135. (In Russ.)
  9. Turko T., Bakhturin G., Bagan V. et al. Influence of the Program '5–Top 100' on the Publication Activity of Russian Universities. Scientometrics, 2016, vol. 109, pp. 769–782.
  10. Gamukin V.V. [The managed printing activity of universities: unde venis et quo vadis?]. Universitetskoe upravlenie: praktika i analiz = University Management: Practice and Analysis, 2016, no. 5, pp. 60–71. (In Russ.)
  11. Logunova O.S., Aref'eva D.Ya., Il'ina E.A. [An index analysis of publication activity management of academic staff at higher schools and its results]. Aktual'nye problemy sovremennoy nauki, tekhniki i obrazovaniya = Urgent Issues of Modern Science, Technology and Education, 2015, no. 1, pp. 198–204. (In Russ.)
  12. Khrustalev M.B., Andreeva M.A., Tishkov A.V., Verbitskaya E.V. et al. [Publication activity: Evaluating the role of material stimulation]. Universitetskoe upravlenie: praktika i analiz = University Management: Practice and Analysis, 2017, no. 2, pp. 24–32. (In Russ.)
  13. Polyakova Yu.N., Shevchenko I.K. [The program-project technologies of management of interdisciplinary research complex in the educational institutions]. Universitetskoe upravlenie: praktika i analiz = University Management: Practice and Analysis, 2017, no. 1, pp. 80–87. (In Russ.)
  14. Wien C., Dorch B.F., Larsen A.V. Contradicting Incentives for Research Collaboration. Scientometrics, 2017, vol. 112, pp. 903–915.
  15. Ivanov V.V., Markusova V.A., Mindeli L.E. [State investments and publication activity of universities: A bibliometric analysis]. Vestnik Rossiiskoi akademii nauk = Herald of Russian Academy of Sciences, 2016, no. 7, pp. 611–619. (In Russ.)
  16. Ushakov D.V., Yurevich A.V., Gavrilova E.V., Golysheva E.A. [Publication activity and scientists citedness: Differences of scientific domains and age cohorts]. Sotsiologiya nauki i tekhnologii = Sociology of Science and Technology, 2015, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 16–28. (In Russ.)
  17. Bogolitsyn K.G. [Science – the Basis for the Development of a Federal University]. Arctic Environmental Research, 2012, no. 1, pp. 9–18. (In Russ.)
  18. Borovskaya M.A. [Research and education priorities in the development of Southern Federal University]. Vysshee obrazovanie v Rossii = Higher Education in Russia, 2015, no. 8-9, pp. 82–86. (In Russ.)

View all articles of issue

 

ISSN 2311-875X (Online)
ISSN 2073-2872 (Print)

Journal current issue

Vol. 14, Iss. 1
January 2018

Archive