

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
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