National Academy of Agricultural Sciences

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17. Such other information as may be prescribed

(a) Scoring of Scientific Journals

The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences is a think tank that provides a forum to scientists to present their views on critical issues relating to agricultural research, education and extension. The Academy encourages cutting edge research in different fields of agriculture and accords recognition to scientists by electing them as Fellows, giving them Awards and admitting young scientists to Associateship.

The election of Fellows involves a rigorous assessment of research achievements of the nominees for which emphasis is given to their scientific publications. Therefore, a need was felt in the Academy for critically assessing the published work of the nominees for the Fellowship/Associateship and for developing a transparent and quantifiable mechanism that avoids arbitrariness in assessment. Accordingly, the Academy initiated a process of rating/scoring of scientific research journals with the primary objective to bring uniformity in the evaluation of publications by the nominees for Fellowship/ Associateship by different Sectional Committees. 

CRITERIA ADOPTED FOR CALCULATION OF PUBLICATION MARKS OF NOMINEES FOR: 

A. FELLOWSHIP OF THE ACADEMY

(i)         For the twenty most important research publications (Maximum 30 marks)

Publication marks for each paper will be calculated by multiplying NAAS Score of the journal with 0.15. Thus, each paper in journal with NAAS Score 10 would get 1.5 marks and paper in journal with NAAS Score 5 would get 0.75. Similarly, marks for paper in journal with NAAS Score 20 would get 3.0 and with NAAS Score 15 would get 2.25 and so on. Marks will be totaled for all papers with a maximum cap of 30 marks in this category. 

(ii) For the next twenty most important research publications (Maximum 10 marks)

Publication marks for each paper will be calculated by multiplying NAAS Score of the journal with 0.05. Thus, each paper in journal with NAAS Score 10 would get 0.5 marks and paper in journal with NAAS Score 5 would get 0.25. Similarly, marks for paper in journal with NAAS Score 20 would get 1.0 and with NAAS Score 15 would get 0.75 and so on. Marks will be totaled for all papers with a maximum cap of 10 marks in this category. 

B. ASSOCIATESHIP OF THE ACADEMY

(i) For the twenty most important research publications (Maximum 50 marks)

Publication marks for each paper will be calculated by multiplying NAAS Score of the journal with 0.25. Thus, each paper in journal with NAAS Score 10 would get 2.5 marks and paper in journal with NAAS Score 5 would get 1.25. Similarly, marks for paper in journal with NAAS Score 20 would get 5.0 and with NAAS Score 15 would get 3.75 and so on. Marks will be totaled for all papers with a maximum cap of 50 marks in this category. 

(ii) For the next twenty most important research publications (Maximum 20 marks)

Publication marks for each paper will be calculated by multiplying NAAS Score of the journal with 0.1. Thus, each paper in journal with NAAS Score 10 would get 1.0 marks and paper in journal with NAAS Score 5 would get 0.50. Similarly, marks for paper in journal with NAAS Score 20 would get 2.0 and with NAAS Score 15 would get 1.5 and so on. Marks will be totaled for all papers with a maximum cap of 20 marks in this category.

For determining NAAS score of research journals, the Academy has classified them into the following two categories:- 

Category I: Those journals where Thompson Reuters Impact Factor is available, the scores are assigned as 6.00 + Impact Factor with capping on 20.00. 

Category II: Those journals where Thompson Reuters Impact Factor is not available, the marks are assigned on the basis of information provided by the Publishers in a proforma prescribed by the Academy.

Proforma and Guidelines for assessment of research journals with no impact factor

(b) Regional Chapters

The Academy has fifteen Regional Chapters. These Chapters make suggestions with regard to policies and problems concerning their areas of operation and also of national importance. The main activities undertaken by these Chapters are to:

arrange lectures on current topics,

organize workshops/brainstorming sessions on important topics,

undertake public awareness exercise on popularization of science,

publish directory of agricultural scientists in their respective towns/regions,

bring out periodicals/newsletters and

undertake schemes for recognizing and motivating young scientists.

The list of 15 Chapters along with their Conveners is as under:

Regional Chapters

Name of Convener

Regional Chapters

Name of Convener

Ludhiana              :

Dr. B.S. Dhillon

Bhubaneswar       :

Dr. T. Mohapatra

Karnal                   :

Dr. A.K. Srivastava

Nagpur                  :

Dr. K.R. Kranthi

Jodhpur                :

Dr. J.C. Tarafdar

Mumbai                 :

Dr. W.S. Lakra

Lucknow                :

Dr. P.S. Pathak

Hyderabad             :

Dr. CH. Srinivasarao

Patna                     :

Dr. B.P. Bhatt

Bangalore              :

Dr. M. Udaya Kumar

Guwahati              :

Dr. K.M. Bujarbaruah

Kochi                     :

Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan

Imphal                   :

Dr. S.N. Puri

Chennai                :

Dr. Ajay Parida

Kolkata                  :

Dr. Biswapati Mandal