Instruction to Authors

About the Journal 

Journal of Scientometric Research (J. Scientometric Res.) is an internationally targeted official publication of Phcog.Net. It publishes peer reviewed articles online in an open access format. The journal will encourage both empirical and theoretical contributions that advance scientometric research and would also reach out to scholars of Science and Technology Studies (STS), sociology, economics and any other field who use scientometric data as the ‘object of investigation’ or apply scientometric analysis in policy or innovation studies. The journal thus seeks to publish articles in all the different domains of scientometrics including patent studies (techometrics) and web-based studies (webometrics).

ISSN : [ISSN:Print -2321-6654, Online - 2320-0059] ; Frequency : Rapid at a time publication - Triannual (3 issues/year)

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya, Ph.D
Rapid publication: Average time from submission to first decision is 30 days and from acceptance to In Press online  publication is 45 days.
Abstracting and Indexing Information : The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Exlibris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, Journal Guide, National Science Library, OpenJGate, ProQuest, TdNet. The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following: Emerging Source Citation Index and the journal is listed in UGC List of Approved Journals.

The Editorial Policy

Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that the authors have not violated any ethical practice followed in preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts. The list practices that are considered unethical are given in the journal website ( Author/s is/are responsible for all the statements made in their work and should be willing to defend them publicly, if challenged. Authors should prepare their manuscripts submitted to the journal exactly according to the instructions given. Manuscripts which do not follow the format and style of the journal may be returned to the authors for revision or rejected. The journal reserves the right to make any further formal changes and language corrections necessary in a manuscript accepted for publication.

Submission Requirements

Covering Letter

Disclose all possible conflicts of interest (e.g. funding sources for consultancies or studies of products). Full contact details with postal address(es), phone numbers (mobile & landline) and email IDs (primary & secondary) of the corresponding author must be clearly mentioned. A list of potential reviewers (not exceeding 5) with their emails IDs and preferably phone numbers and should be included. The suggested reviewers must be working in the same area dealt with in the manuscript. Whether to use their services or not is the discretion of the chief editor.

Copyright and Open Access Policy

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Research articles

The research articles are limited to 8000 words. Abstract should be structured and limited to 200 words. Abstract should preferably include these elements: objective, research design and methods, findings, implications and recommendations, contribution and value added.

Keywords (maximum six in numbers) are to be given which properly specify the contribution; comma delimitation to be used for separation.

Each article should be properly structured.  Should preferably have the following sections: Introduction, Objective and Scope of the study, Literature review, Conceptual framework, Methodology, Results, Discussion and conclusion. Sub-sections as required can be provided

It is expected that acknowledgements including funding support if any to be given by the authors in a separate section ‘Acknowledgement’ before the reference.

Review articles

Reviews covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Review articles (not exceeding 10,000 words, cited references to be limited to about 100 in number) are expected to survey and discuss current developments in a field. Review should be well focused and organized, and avoid a general ‘textbook’ style. Review articles will follow the general guidelines of Research Paper.

Perspective Paper

Perspective paper (up to 5000 words with maximum two illustrations) invites reflective discussions on recent contemporary research/on tools and methods/new approaches, but do not primarily discuss the author's own work. They may provide a critical synoptic assessment of a research topic including alternative viewpoints/approaches. Perspectives commenting on papers in JSCIRES should add a dimension to the research and not merely be a summary of the study covered in the paper.

Perspective section will follow the general guidelines of Research papers. Authors may kindly note the other considerations required for publishing in this category. Abstract: An abstract of up to 150 words should appear on the first page. Body of the paper: There is no special need for authors to include a separate section on methodology.

Research – in Progress

Aims to encourage and promote the research of students/young researchers. This section also provides a platform to established researchers who would like to submit their ‘works in progress. Contributions goes through standard double blind review. Authors can directly submit as ‘research-in-progress’. However, if reviewers find a paper submitted as original article has not been sufficiently developed but has promising merit, then the editors take decision for the paper to be placed as ‘research-in-progress’. The final decision is with the authors of that article whether they would like their paper to be in ‘research-in-progress’.

The paper limit should be within 3000 words with maximum permissible three illustrations (figure/table). The items of manuscript should include: (1) Abstracts limited to 200 words; (2) have the choice of including Methodology section. However, the article must properly inform about the key methods/ procedures in the introduction; (3) Results and Discussion may be combined into a single section. Research in Progress section will follow the general guidelines of Research papers.

Policy Forum

Submission should be within 2000 to 2500 words. Encourage proper section headings with final section that opens up the debate for future discourse in this area. Abstract and sections like methodology, literature review, conceptual framework should be avoided. Each submission should put a header Policy Forum in the manuscript for ease of identification of the article category. Stylized figures, boxes or figures that improves the readability and impact are encouraged.  The journal will follow double blind peer review and other norms as applicable to research article.  


Opinion articles relevant to newer developments/issues that would be of significance to present development of the field (between 1200 to 1500 words). Papers addressing development in areas of research that have implications for scientometric studies will be encouraged. Abstract, Keywords and Methodology are not required for publishing in this category. Commentary section will follow the general guidelines of Research papers.

Research Notes
This section will provide for articles on areas of contemporary research activity to reflect upon the current debates as well as contentious positions. Primarily it will provide a greater freedom than from publishing as a research article, to researchers in the field who have selected certain research directions or from scholars from different research traditions or new promising research contribution. This follows the general style of a Commentary paper but provides for a submission of articles of length upto 4000 words.

Book/databases/Website Reviews
It should be between 750-1,000 words long. However, we welcome review of books/websites on request to be sent to the editor. The reviews should be descriptive and evaluative, designed to make readers aware of new books/ journals / websites in the field, for use as a selection tool

Book Reviews

Book Reviews should cover who is the intended audience and what is the general scope and subject area. What are the salient aspects of the book; whether the book advances knowledge in this field and whether it will be useful to research community; what are the drawbacks or how new additions can help improve the book. The book review should not be a summary of the book but should be a critical introspection.

Instructions for Database Review

Layout of Review:

Title of Database or Service, Publisher’s name and address, name of the reviewer, position, organization, email address, Body of Review, general product description, authority of publication; Scope, content, currency, and intended audience; Bibliographic record format; Search capability: search capability and functionality; Interface: display and navigation, appearance, ease of use, searching options, help screens and output; Search features: basic and advanced search, keyword searching, natural language queries, sorting, pattern matchers, limits, and browsing; Search Results: quality and quantity of records, search history, display of results, and manipulation of search results; Added features: links to full text and URLs, ability to obtain statistics, links to library's OPAC/holdings, thesaurus capability, graphs and image capabilities, and document delivery; Authentication, General limitations; Technical requirements, Suggestions for improvement, Vendor's support, Pricing Options, Contract provisions/options, Comparison with other vendors, Comparison with other databases; Length of review, -- no specific limits but probably within the range of 500-1000 words would be ideal. Feel free to use examples from the text to support your evaluation.


Webliography: A list of electronic documents, web-sites or other resources available on the world-wide web, especially those related to particular subject

A webliography should be unique or substantially different from prior bibliographies on the topic, and it should be of interest to specific research domains say medical and health science professionals, etc.

Each Webliography should include the following elements: Scope -- Define the subject you are treating. Is the webliography meant to be comprehensive or selective? Are there non-subject aspects (e.g., level, language, format) that are excluded; Methods -- How did you find the resources in the webliography? What criteria for selection did you use; Organization -- Resources should be organized by sub-topic/aspect and format (e.g., journal, monograph, database, discussion list, etc.) as appropriate. Webliographies should include an index to the organizational structure used; Annotations -- Should concisely convey the scope, coverage, quality, and special features of the resource. Annotations should be on the order of 50-100 words, but the length will depend on the nature of the resource; Length -- The number of resources that adequately describe the topic will vary. The absolute number of resources profiled is not as important as whether the topic is well represented by the webliography. On the order of 50 resources may be sufficient, but many more or many less may be appropriate, depending on the topic.

Scientific Correspondence

Welcome comment on research published in JSCIRES and will also include correspondence drawing attention to present academic discourse/issues. As these are meant to express a personal viewpoint, with rare exceptions, preferably should have not more than two authors. Ideally it should be restricted within 500-600 words and are subject to copyediting.

Conference/Meeting Reports

JSCIRES will also cover reports of the conferences and meetings organized by Associations /Societies. The Journal will be interested to consider reports that may be of interest to the readers. These will usually be 500 to 1,500 words in length and must be submitted within six weeks of the date of the meeting or conference.

The author(s) are encouraged to follow the following format: 

Applicable to all submissions


The journal accepts articles in LaTeX format

In each submission, author(s) should also write in the first page the type of submission i.e. whether the submitted manuscript is Research Article/Review Paper/Perspective Paper, etc

Reference: Authors should strictly follow the Vancouver citation style. For details, please consult - (

Manuscript will not be rejected if initial submission is not per citation style. However, once a Manuscript is accepted, then authors have to strictly follow the above citation style.

Author/authors need to submit response sheet to the reviewer's comments which should indicate that all comments raised by the referee(s) have been addressed. Author(s) can choose to differ with the referee comment, however reason for doing so should be properly justified.

Important e-mail IDs and URLs


Prof. Sujit Bhattacharya
Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR) &
Chief Scientist  (CSIR-NISTADS)
K.S. Krishnan Marg, Pusa campus
New Delhi -110012

Landline: +91-11-25843024
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