Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2022, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (3): 71-93.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2022-0016

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Implications of Publication Requirements for the Research Output of Ukrainian Academics in Scopus in 1999-2019

Myroslava Hladchenko()   

  1. The Department of Public Administration, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • Received:2022-01-07 Revised:2022-04-06 Accepted:2022-07-13 Online:2022-07-20 Published:2022-07-29
  • Contact: Myroslava Hladchenko


Purpose: This article explores the implications of publication requirements for the research output of Ukrainian academics in Scopus in 1999-2019. As such it contributes to the existing body of knowledge on quantitative and qualitative effects of research evaluation policies.
Design/methodology/approach: Three metrics were chosen to analyse the implications of publication requirements for the quality of research output: publications in predatory journals, publications in local journals and publications per SNIP quartile from the disciplinary perspective.
Findings: Study results highlight, that, firstly, publications of Ukrainian authors in predatory journals rose to 1% in 2019. Secondly, the share of publications in local journals reached the peak of 47.3% in 2015. In 2019 it fell to 31.8%. Thirdly, though the total number of publications has risen dramatically since 2011, but the share of Q3+Q4 has exceeded the share of Q1+Q2. To summarise, the study findings highligh, that research evaluation policies are required to contain not only quantitative but also qualitative criteria.
Research limitation: The study does not explore in detail the effects of a particular type of publication requirements.
Practical implications: The findings of the study have practical implications for policymakers and university managers aimed to develop research evaluation policies.
Originality/value: This paper gains insights into the effects of publication requirements on the research output of Ukrainian academics in Scopus.

Key words: Publication requirements, Local journals, Predatory journals, Scopus, Ukraine