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 thus 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 Ag 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 recognized globally.

“The University enthusiasm for reaching this milestone and said that 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 university.

To be frank this is a nightmare since we dream of all 24 journals registered to the Scopus but still, we have a chance,” he said.

Either Prof Boniface urged researchers to send their journals so that they can enter Scopus and be able to promote themselves, university and the country as a whole.

Prof Boniface said UDSM, Makerere and Nairobi University are 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 while our colleagues have published them, that is why they seem to be more than us,” said Prof Boniface.

The CoSS Principal, Prof Christian Neo said the Scopus indexed journals were those that 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 recognized 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 to be in Scopus showed how their researchers can be international.

“Through Scopus, the authors of the African Review Journal have already become internationally we have hired them and that is the beginning,” 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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