SciRev is a resource for academic researchers of all disciplines that allow researchers to share their experiences of submitting articles to peer-reviewed journals. Here, researchers submit a review of their experiences with a particular journal (after completing a free registration) and also about the period of the peer review process.

You may search these journal reviews by journal or by discipline.

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OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.

Now you may search, upload or download many of the full text of theses/dissertations/other academic documents submitted to various universities in all parts of the world in different subject areas using Open Thesis free database. You may find more information and search this database at:

IETD (Indian Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Portal

The IETD portal is available for access at

Setting-up IETD at INFLIBNET

IETD Repository at INFLIBNET replicates structure of each university in terms of Departments / Centres and School each university has. This structure facilitates research scholars from universities to deposit their theses in the respective Department / Centre. While online submission of electronic theses by researchers / supervisor or university’s representative as mandated by the universities would be preferred, the INFLIBNET encourages individual researchers to submit their theses and dissertations either online or off-line (through E-mail or CD / DVD) on voluntary basis till universities adopt and implement UGC Notification, 2009.

Retrospective Metadata of Ph.D Theses

The INFLIBNET Centre maintains a Union Database of Theses containing bibliographic records of doctoral theses submitted to universities/institutes in India. The theses database of the INFLIBNET, accessible through an interface called IndCat, has over 2,19,074 unique records in different subject areas. These bibliographic records are contributed by participating universities offline. Besides, bibliographic records are also collected from other reliable sources like circulars issued by universities, University News, etc. Universities may ensure that all bibliographic records of theses submitted to their universities are available in the INFLIBNET’s Theses Database.

Science Communication through Print Media

Short-Term Training Course on Science Communication through Print Media

3-5 March 2010

Organized by
Training Division
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi, India

Broad course contents:

  • Science popularization in the Indian context
  • Basics of popular science writing for magazines and newspapers
  • Research communication versus popular communication
  • Science communication through R&D newsletters, reports, etc.
  • Creation of information resources, e.g. encyclopaedic publications, etc;
  • Use of modern IT tools in science communication;
  • Role of graphic arts in popular science communication
  • Production of S&T publications

COURSE FEE for participants from:

  • India Rs. 1200/= (Without Accommodation); Rs. 1600/= (With Accommodation)
  • SAARC/ Vietnam US$ 80 (With Accommodation)
  • Other Countries US$ 110 (With Accommodation)

How to apply:
Application form is available at or can be obtained by sending an email to Filled in application form along with the appropriate course fee is to be paid by Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Director, NISCAIR” and sent to In-Charge (Training), Education and Training Division, NISCAIR, 14-Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi – 110067

Dr. Narendra Kumar,
In-Charge, Training Division,
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)
14, Satsang Vihar Marg
New Delhi-110 067
Tel: +91-11-26965094/+91-11-26863617
FAX: +91-11-26862228
E-mail: training[at]; narendrakumar[at]

Further Details

Indian Citation Index Database (ICI)

Indian Citation Index Database (ICI) is a multidisciplinary research platform primarily intend to perform literature search and multiple angle evaluation using citations similar to international databases like WoS and SCOPUS. Citation databases are specialized Abstracting & Indexing information products used to evaluate, map and measure information contents using citations as the association of R&D ideas. The references that researchers cite in their papers make explicit links between their current research and prior work in the literature archive. Indian Citation Index (ICI) organizes these intellectual links by listing both cited and citing works. Like other indexes, ICI enables users to move back in time to previously published papers, but uniquely one can also look forward in time to determine who has subsequently cited an earlier piece of research.

Indian Citation Index (ICI) is a home grown database, planed to have multidisciplinary information/knowledge contents from about 1000 top Indian scholarly journals. It provides powerful search engine basically to perform search and evaluation for researchers, policy makers, decision makers etc.

At present, it is planned to start with five years back files (depth) which would go over 10 years and beyond in next few month’s time. ICI right now is in zero version stage and its alpha version is being issued for users feedback and comments by 15th January 2010 and thereafter shortly its beta version would be launched. It is also planned and working accordingly that in next few months ICI with full search and analytic features would be served to users for using long awaited essentially needed information product. The ICI is owned by M/s Divan Enterprise for all practical purposes.

Currently you may access it by URL: Indian Citation Index

Author Mapper

AuthorMapper, an online tool for visualizing scientific research, enables document discovery based on author locations and geographic maps. Integrating content and mapping technology, AuthorMapper provides an easy-to-use, dynamic interface that allows

  • Explore patterns in scientific research
  • Identify new and historic literature trends
  • Discover wider relationships
  • Locate other experts in your field

AuthorMapper searches the springer journals collection and offers access to nearly one hundred fifty years’ of articles from more than 1,900 journals available on Springer Link. Comprehensive coverage includes both current and archival content in all major subject areas including life science, medicine, engineering, mathematics, computer science, business, and law, contributed by the world’s best academics and researchers. AuthorMapper is a powerful knowledge discovery tool that provides unique insights into scientific literature.

For more details

National Rankings by Output in Sciences and Social Sciences, 1999-2008

Rank Name Papers
1 United States of America 2,999,344 31.8 38.2
2 Japan 806,008 8.5 8.0
3 Germany 775,787 8.2 7.7
4 England 687,778 7.3 7.2
5 China 586,664 6.2 1.5
6 France 555,113 5.9 5.7
7 Canada 420,636 4.5 5.0
8 Italy 400,229 4.2 3.2
9 Spain 296,892 3.1 1.8
10 Russia 279,904 3.0 4.5
11 Australia 271,311 2.9 2.3
12 India 242,222 2.6 2.5
13 The Netherlands 234,947 2.5 2.3
14 South Korea 222,348 2.4 0.4
15 Sweden 176,642 1.9 1.8
16 Switzerland 170,842 1.8 1.5
17 Brazil 161,716 1.7 0.7
18 Taiwan 147,430 1.6 0.6
19 Poland 134,068 1.4 1.0
20 Belgium 127,307 1.3 1.0

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters’s Essential Science IndicatorsSM database, January 1, 1999 through October 31, 2008.

The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 1999 through October 2008, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Here our ranking in all fields of the sciences and social sciences is by papers produced. For articles with multiple authors from different nations, each nation receives full, not fractional, publication credit. Essential Science Indicators tabulated a total of 9,445,252 articles and reviews for the period indicated. The world percent figure is calculated for each nation based on that total. The percent shares of these top 20 nations sums to 102.8%, which reveals multinational coauthorship.

Essential Science Indicators surveys publication and citation data over a decade, with bimonthly updates. To contrast the world share figures for these nations for 1999-2008, Thomson Reuters’s consulted its National Science Indicators database, which covers the period 1981-2007, and checked the world share figures for these top 20 nations for 1989-1993. As the table above shows, the United States, Canada, and Russia have lost world share, comparing 1989-1993 with 1999-2008, whereas China, South Korea, Brazil, and Taiwan have increased their world shares of science and social science papers dramatically.

Visit Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters for more information.

Journals Ranked by Impact: Microbiology

Rank 2007 Impact Factor Impact 2004-08 Impact 1981-2008
1 Clin. Microbiology Rev.
(15.76 )
Microbiol. Mol. Bio. Rev.
Microbiological Reviews
2 Nature Rev. Microbiol.
Nature Rev. Microbiol.
Microbiol. Mol. Bio. Rev.
3 Microbiol. Mol. Bio. Rev.
Clin. Microbiology Rev.
Ann. Rev. Microbiology
4 Ann. Rev. Microbiology
Ann. Rev. Microbiology
Clin. Microbiology Rev.
5 PLoS Pathogens
FEMS Microbiol. Rev.
Adv. Microb. Ecology
6 FEMS Microbiol. Rev.
Curr. Opin. Microbology
Adv. Microb. Physiology
7 Curr. Opin. Microbology
Trends in Microbiology
CRC Cr. Rev. Microbiol.
8 Trends in Microbiology
Adv. Microb. Physiology
FEMS Microbiol. Rev.
9 Clin. Infect. Diseases
Clin. Infect. Diseases
Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol.
10 Molec. Microbiology
Molec. Microbiology
Molec. Microbiology

The above table compares the citation impact of journals in a given field as measured over three different time spans. The left-hand column ranks journals based on their 2007 “impact factor,” as enumerated in the current edition of Journal Citations Report®. The 2007 impact factor is calculated by taking the number of all current citations to source items published in a journal over the previous two years and dividing by the number of articles published in the journal during the same period–in other words, a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. The rankings in the next two columns show impact over longer time spans, based on figures from Journal Performance Indicators. In these columns, total citations to a journal’s published papers are divided by the total number of papers that the journal published, producing a citations-per-paper impact score over a five-year period (middle column) and a 28-year period (right-hand column).

SOURCE: Journal Citations Report and Journal Performance Indicators.


At the time of publication, July 5, 2009, the impact factor year was incorrectly stated in the above text as 2008. It has since been changed to the year 2007.

Source: Sciencewatch

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