What contributes to scientific productivity? The round table outcomes
Despite the increase in number of Russian universities in international rankings, the problem of strengthening their positions and growth is still urgent. Thus the participants of the 5-100 Academic Excellence Project discussed the questions of Russian universities productivity and effective strategies of scientific development.
First, universities should make system decisions and focus on their strong competences, considers Irina Karelina, the executive officer of the Association Council and the Director of Strategic Planning in HSE University. So, during the 5-100 Project work 6 universities out of 21 members of the Association have entered top-100 global rankings (QS and THE) and more then half of the participants have entered top-300. Today universities participating in 5-100 Academic Excellence Project demonstrate also the success in publication activity: their contribution to the total amount of WoS and Scopus publications is 40% and 36% respectively against Russian universities. This confirms the right choice of the strategy.
According to Victor Koksharov, Ural Federal University rector, producing quality publications simulates scientific growth. For instance stimulating publishing in the top global scientific journals enabled to raise the number 4 times as compared to 2011 year in Ural Federal University. Scientific collectives support, concentration on breaking research projects are not less important.
Alexsey Okunev, Novosibirsk State University Vice Rector, also paid attention of the participants on the importance of breaking academic projects, and added, that active young academics involvement in science influence the quality of scientific progress.
Building quality infrastructure is one more factor of academic excellence. Maxim Rumiancev (Vice Rector of Siberian Federal University) said: «There is a Centre of Supporting Publication Activity and foreign languages studying in our university. Also we have a system of international networking – specialized conferences devoted to multidisciplinary research are held».
Inclusiveness to international partnerships, joint research projects, production of principles selecting fake journals are among other factors of research productivity, that were discussed within the round table.