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Designing a model to evaluate scholarly publications with special reference to social sciences in India

  • Bapan Kumar Maity
  • Sudip Ranjan Hatua


One of the most popular methods to measure the quality of journal is impact factor. However this may not be the only criteria to evaluate a journal. It has its own limitations. The present work gives an alternative model to evaluate the quality of a journal. To test this model the present work used 17 popular journals on Social Sciences specifically in the areas of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology published in India during 2012–2014. The test proved to be successful. This model can be applied to any journal to find its quality. Three approaches have been considered, namely, physical presentation, reference studies and citation analysis. The model, named journal quality point (JQP), is suggested as a feasible technique to evaluate the quality of a journal.


Journal evaluation Journal ranking Journal quality Social Science Journal Impact factor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research ScholarRabindra Bharati UniversityKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Library and Information Science DepartmentRabindra Bharati UniversityKolkataIndia

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