Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2020, Vol. 5 ›› Issue (3): 187-196.

• Research Papers •

### Scientometric Implosion that Leads to Explosion: Case Study of Armenian Journals

Shushanik Sargsyan1,2,(), Edita Gzoyan1, Aram Mirzoyan1, Viktor Blaginin3

1. 1Center for Scientific Information Analysis and Monitoring (CSIAM), Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (IIAP NAS RA), 0014 Yerevan, Armenia
2Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi, Medical Physics Department, 0025 Yerevan, Armenia
3Center on Scientometrics and Ranking Researches. Ural State University of Economics, 620014 Yekaterinburg, Russia
• Received:2020-01-31 Revised:2020-01-31 Accepted:2020-01-31 Online:2020-07-20 Published:2020-09-04
• Contact: Shushanik Sargsyan E-mail:shushanik@ipia.sci.am

Abstract:

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to introduce a new concept and term into the scientometric discourse and research—scientometric implosion—and test the idea on the example of the Armenian journals. The article argues that the existence of a compressed scientific area in the country makes pressure on the journals and after some time this pressure makes one or several journals explode—break the limited national scientific area and move to the international arena. As soon as one of the local journals breaks through this compressed space and appears at an international level, further explosion happens, which makes the other journals follow the same path.

Design/methodology/approach: Our research is based on three international scientific databases—WoS, Scopus, and RISC CC, from where we have retrieved information about the Armenian journals indexed there and citations received by those journals and one national database—the Armenian Science Citation Index. Armenian Journal Impact Factor (ArmJIF) was calculated for the local Armenian journals based on the general impact factor formula. Journals were classified according to Gl?nzel and Schubert (2003).

Findings: Our results show that the science policy developed by the scientific authorities of Armenia and the introduction of ArmJIF have made the Armenian journals comply with international standards and resulted in some local journals to break the national scientific territory and be indexed in international scientific databases of RISC, Scopus, and WoS. Apart from complying with technical requirements, the journals start publishing articles also in foreign languages. Although nearly half of the local journals are in the fields of social sciences and humanities, only one journal from that field is indexed in international scientific databases.

Research limitation: One of the limitations of the study is that it was performed on the example of only one state and the second one is that more time passage is needed to firmly evaluate the results. However, the introduction of the concept can inspire other similar case study.

Practical implications: The new term and relevant model offered in the article can practically be used for the development of national journals.

Originality/value: The article proposes a new term and a concept in scientometrics.