The RCUK Office in India is undertaking a series of mapping activities in order
to gain a better understanding of the Indian research context in specific areas.
These mapping reports highlight the strengths and challenges of Indian research
in a targeted area, the institutions and institutes working in the areas, and who
some of the key funders are.
In order to better understand how research quality is measured in India, RCUK India initiated an essay competition on the topic of measuring research quality in India. The winning entry 'Are citations really the best measure of research quality in India? – or should we look at more meaningful ways of measurement?' is available here .
This essay considers the performance of Indian research on an international basis and discusses whether using citation rates as an indication of performance is the best method for Indian research. India is growing in scientific strength because of increased funding opportunities, increased investment in research and development, more scholarships for young science students and the opening of new scientific institutions. However, despite this growth, Indian research is not necessarily well known internationally.
The authors look at various reasons for this including a reluctance from Indian researchers to cite the work of colleagues. India does now have a national citation index database of 200 Indian journals. However, it’s international reputation is still not as strong as it could be. The essay discusses various alternative methods to citation that could increase the international standing of Indian research in future.
RCUK India has also gathered information on reports on India’s research landscape commissioned by other bodies. This can be found here.
Please note that while every effort has been made to ensure the information provided is accurate, the views and statements expressed in these publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of RCUK.