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INDEX COPERNICUS VALUE (ICV)
Index Copernicus Value (ICV) is a respected measure used to rate scientific journals. The ICV not only provides a comprehensive, sorted list of over 22 000 scientific journals available worldwide within the ICI Journals Master List, but also, in its expanded form, provides concrete data on functional areas of scientific journals that may require improvement in order to increase the number of quotations.
In the ICI Journals Master List’s methodology the goal of a scientific journal is to propagate scientific publications among as high number of recipients (scientists) as possible, so as to allow them to use data gathered in such publications for their own current studies and publications.
The only proof, that a scientific journal achieves such goal is to have an article published by said journal mentioned - quoted - in another scientific publication. Currently no system allowing to identify and enumerate all the quotations of scientific publications in other publications exists. It is crucial to develop a model that would allow to pick key parameters that a journal needs to fulfill in order to be able to increase the number of quotations of its contents.
Using over 10 years of experience in evaluating scientific journals and the cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education that began in 2011 and led to creation of a list of journals that are considered valuable by the Ministry, the ICI Publishing Stars model was created. This model allows to select the parameters (within set functional areas of a scientific journal) that are related to the quotation frequency.
The ICI Publishing Stars model takes into consideration the following functional areas of a scientific journal:
- Publication quality - composed of publication quality, standards and stability
- International availability
- Cooperation (including elements that might fall into above categories)
For these areas, criteria that influence the quotation frequency were established. Some actions related to this criteria may lead to increase in both journal quality and its influence.
The ICV grades the strength of a scientific journal - it provides information on how fast it is able to achieve its goal - improve the number of quotations of articles published by the journal. The higher the ICV grade, the more probable it is, that the journal will:
- increase the number of quotations of its articles in the future;
- receive increasingly positive grades during reviews (including reviews conducted by the Ministry);
- obtain access to interesting manuscripts that are likely to be recognized by the scientific community;
- attract respected authors and reviewers;
- improve its financial standing (for example, by obtaining additional funding for its core activities).
ICV CALCULATION METHODOLOGY
Index Copernicus Value is a sum of the points from the evaluation of two components:
- quality of scientific journal – the quality of a journal is measured based on the level of fulfilment of the criteria in specific functional areas of a scientific journal based on the IC Publishing Stars model,
- impact of scientific journal – determined on the basis of the citation rate of a journal and reflecting the extent to which the journal has been recognized in the scientific world and the dynamics of its impact.
In the evaluation of the first ICV component (journal quality) a journal may receive a maximum of 100 points.
The distribution of points between different groups of criteria is as follows:
- quality (publishing and standards) - 21.4 points,
Professionalism of a journal, its layout, materials, as well as the collection and publishing of article metadata, appropriate level of reviewing standards, collaboration with scientists, absence of conflicts of interest - provide the foundation for sustainable development.
- digitalization - 37.45 points,
Journal's availability, digital editions, digital repositories, readiness to integrate with databases, ease of access to published content - can be a barrier blocking the development of a journal or on the contrary - developing and reinforcing the access to scientists in the country and abroad.
- indexation in databases - 16.05 points,
Proper development of a journal should be based not only on the accessibility online, databases, but also on proper selection of databases.These are aspects that affect the visibility, accessibility and potential of a journal.
- journal internationalization - 32.1 points,
Number of language versions, languages of title, but also of keywords, the internationalization of scientific cooperation of editorial office and other criteria affect the potential, accessibility, visibility and strength of a scientific journal. In the twenty-first century science a sensible and wise internationalization of journals and (more widely) science becomes a precondition for success.
- expert evaluation - 20 points,
Based not only on formal criteria, tables, percentages and charts. A very important dimension of the evaluation is the topicality of a journal, ethical standards, educational value or particular importance to the national heritage, development of culture and science. Selected journals are evaluated by the international team of experts working with the Index Copernicus.
A journal can also receive negative points (e.g. for delayed publishing or publishing of joined editions) - up to 16.05 points.
The evaluation is based on a an assumption that the sum of points for the criterion quality of scientific journal may not exceed 100 points.
The second component of the ICV is the evaluation of the impact of a scientific journal. More complex algorithms calculate points in the range of 0 to 400 points per combination:
- journal citation rate
Journals are evaluated on the basis of citations of articles contained therein, but also on the presence and ratio of impact and other factors indicating the number of citations.
- journal citation dynamics
An important dimension of evaluation is the determination of journal citation dynamics, i.e. defining a set of Index Copernicus indicators to measure the vector of development, rendering them appropriate weights and score.
USING THE ICV GRADE
The ICV grade can be used by the wide number of recipients, many of whom belong to one or more of the following groups:
- scientific journal publishers – the grade can be used to find out the position of the journal when compared to other similar journals, establish strong and weak points of the journal allowing for improvement that may lead to increase in the number of quotations and prestige;
- research workers – allowing them to obtain information on the journals that work on improving their quality and may be frequently quoted in the future – information that can be used to establish beneficial partnerships;
- research centers – providing information on strong and weak points of the journals published by the centers and serving as a component of periodic researcher evaluation;
- public institutions – the ICV grade can be used as one of the factors influencing how financial resources are assigned (for example, when considering assigning resources to further development of the scientific journals).