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Foresight and STI Governance moves up to the second place in the Russian Science Citation Index’s economics magazines ranking


According to the latest available data (for 2016), Foresight and STI Governance journal published by the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) since 2007 has moved up to the second place in the Russian Science Citation Index’s ranking in the “Economics and Economic Science” category.

Winning the second place in the rather large “Economics and Economic Science” category (it comprises more than 3,500 publications) seems to be an impressive achievement worthy of the triple anniversary year — HSE turns 25, ISSEK turns 15, and the journal is now 10 years old.

Actually, Foresight and STI Governance is not a purely “economics” magazine, and unlike the traditional ranking leader in this category — Voprosy Economiki (Economic Issues) — it specialises in a rather narrow range of topics such as long-term forecasting and development of innovation-based economy.

The journal has also reached a record high — the 15th position — in the Russian Science Citation Index’s overall “Science Index” ranking, all the way from the 165th place in 2013 (it had the 47th place in 2014 and the 17th in 2015). It also confidently holds the leading position in two other sections of the ranking: “Sociology of Science” and “Organisation and Management”.

Foresight and STI Governance ’s advancement in the ranks of academic journals was helped by orientation towards best global standards and practices, and the journal’s authors’ inclusion in the international community of futures scientists.

This is clearly demonstrated by the widening geographic coverage of the journal’s publications. If in 2011—2012 the authors came from 9 countries (not counting Russia), namely Australia, Austria, the UK, Germany, India, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Finland, in 2016—2017 the scope has almost doubled, to 17 nations (Austria, Brazil, the UK, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Spain, China, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, the US, Turkey, Switzerland, and Sweden). The share of papers by international authors in the total number of the journal’s annual publications grew from 35% in 2012 to 55% in 2017.

In the near future Foresight and STI Governance will try to make use of the opportunities provided by granting open access to its publications, and join a number of databases indexing exclusively open-access magazines (such as DOAJ, SAGE Open, etc.).