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An assessment of the impact and visibility of Saudi Arabia Journals

This research thrived to assess to Saudi Arabia research journals as per quality bibliometric indicators and scientometrics tools. Designated research assessment means are likely to underline comparisons between indicators significance and rates. Equally, the research work illustrated performance of well cited journals and portrayed sort of informational correlations among chosen indicators. Complex algorithms and reputable databases were used in assessing journals quality ranking. The key objective of the research undertaken is to review currently employed (2015) scientific journal quality indices with stress on the broadly employed indicators: Journal Impact Factor (JIF), Eigenfactor Score (ES), SCImago Journal Rank indicator (SJR) and H5-index. Particular Saudi Arabia research journals were picked from their category within Web of Science. JIFs and ESs are obtained from Journal Citation Report and the SJR from the SCImago Journal and country rank website. The ten (10) chosen Saudi Arabia research journals were noted and their related data and information reclaimed from their primary sites in linking associated JIF, SJR, ES and H5 quality indicators for ranking and refereeing their quality. Correlations between indicators were represented by means of Pearson’s and Spearman’s statistical correlations, calculated using SPSS software. All retrieved journals are indexed in Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus. Inspected JIFs fluctuated between 3.613 and 0.311; ES ranged between 0.00396 and 0.00052, while JSR extended between 0.552 and 0.24 and H5 varied between 29 and 20. Bivariate correlation between the four indicators (JIF, ES, SJR and H5) for ranking of the selected Saudi Arabia research journals revealed a high Pearson’s (r) statistical correlation between JIF and SJR indicators (r = 0.607) and a rather low statistical correlation between JIF and H5 indicators for journals in the selected category (r = 0.522). This correlation is lowest between JIF and ES values (r = 0.461). With respect to Spearman’s rho statistical correlation, a high correlation was observed between JIF and each of H5 and SJR indicators for Saudi Arabia research journals (coefficient values of 0.821 and 0.782, respectively), while a low correlation was recorded between JIF and ES rankings (coefficient value = 0.556).

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