Quality of Social Science Research in India

Amit Shovan Ray, M Parameshwaran, Manmohan Agarwal, Sunandan Ghosh, Udaya S Mishra, Upasak Das, Vinoj Abraham

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The chapter analyses the quality of research in terms of quality of articles and of journals by using a quality index. It uses two-dimension indicators to judge the quality of articles, that is, citations (scholarly) and readership, which is the number of hits an article receives in a simple Google keyword search. The quality of a journal is measured in terms of three dimensions: its presence over time, its presence across space, and its depth. The study took 21351 journal articles from 1006 journals (902 journals from Scopus and 104 journals from ISID for five-year period, 2010–14. It emerged that India’s social science research (SSR) contributes more to public debates and policy formulations and relatively less in pushing the frontiers of knowledge for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Science Research in India
Subtitle of host publicationStatus, Issues and Policies
EditorsSukhadeo Thorat, Samar Verma
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199474417
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Quality
  • Scopus
  • citation
  • Journal
  • H-Index
  • Google hits
  • scholarly citations
  • readership

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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