UDSM attains scopus indexing status

DAR ES SALAAM: THE University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) has achieved scopus indexing status following a quality publications and evaluation based on stringent process by Elsevier’s abstract and citation database that profile the university.

Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database encompassing peer-reviewed scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings and offers a comprehensive overview of global research output across various disciplines.

Speaking at the celebration of the African Review Journey to Scopus recently, the UDSM Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research, Prof Nelson Boniface said in the world of academia publishing research papers in reputable journals is crucial for enhancing visibility and impact.

“We celebrate the achievements of the Scopus Indexing for the African Review Journal, a high-quality journal in the world that will increase the UDSM’s market and continue to be recognised globally.

“The University enthusiasm for reaching this milestone and Scopus indexing recognition was a testament of UDSM’s firm commitment to the cutting-edge research and dissemination of treasured knowledge on critical issues of national and international importance,” said Prof Boniface.

He said through the College of Social Sciences (CoSS) who published the African Review journal the university got mileage worldwide which increased their credibility and trust.

Prof Boniface said UDSM still has 24 pending journals to be processed for registration and they will make sure that all will be entered in the database to increase the appearance of the oldest varsity in the country.

“To be frank this is a dream since we have a plan for all 24 journals registered to the Scopus, we believe it is possible because we still have a chance,” he said.

Moreover, Prof Boniface urged researchers to send their journals so that they can enter Scopus and be able to promote themselves, the university and the country in general.

Prof Boniface said UDSM, Makerere and Nairobi University are of the same age although in the journal publication they (Makerere and Nairobi) exceed UDSM by twice according to the publications seen in the world.

“We have a lot of journals but they are not published, but our colleagues have been able to publish more than us” said Prof Boniface.

The CoSS Principal, Prof Christine Noe said the Scopus indexed journals were those, which have been evaluated and accepted by the Scopus team based on stringent selection criteria.

“These criteria include factors such as the journal’s quality, relevance, international presence, editorial standards, and citation analysis. Being included in the Scopus database signifies that a journal meets these criteria and is recognised as a trusted source for scholarly research,” said Prof Noe.

She said the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) is an ‘international’ group of 17 subject chairs responsible for reviewing Scopus content and selecting new titles.

On his part, the African Review Journal Managing Editor, Dr Rodrick Henry said being in Scopus is vivid evidence of great strides in research at both local and international levels.

“Through Scopus, the authors of the African Review Journal have already made international appearance, and this is the way to go,” Dr Henry stressed.

He said that Scopus is an advantage for the college because many academic institutions and funding agencies consider publications in Scopus Indexed Journals as a significant criterion for evaluating research output.

“Researchers who have published in these journals may enjoy increased opportunities for collaboration, funding, career advancement and recognition within their academic communities,” said Dr Henry.

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