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Article

The Monster Ten You Have Never Heard of: Top Russian Scholarly Megajournals

Higher Education in Russia and Beyond. 2017. No. 1(11). P. 11-13.

eLIBRARY.ru, а dominant regional bibliometric database, currently indexes 5279 scholarly journals, 4755 of them Russian. It is a vast universe of supposedly academic literature, largely unknown to those who do not understand Russian. In this paper I will provide a brief overview of the leading players in this field: 10 megajournals, which, taken together, annually publish much more articles than all Russian yearly output in the Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection. I will utilize a set of various metrics to capture this remarkable phenomenon. All data is sourced from eLIBRARY.ru and journal websites, and none of these journals are indexed in the WoS or Scopus databases. At the same time, one should realize that these ten are just the tip of the iceberg.