Global Organization of Russian Studies: Large-Scale Scientometric Analysis of Publications and Citations, 1990-2020

17 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2024

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Katerina Guba

Center for Institutional Analysis of Science & Education

Elena Chechik

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Angelika Tsivinskaya

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nikita Buravoy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 16, 2024

Abstract

During the Soviet period, Russian studies existed as the research field which involve mainly Western scholars with dominance of US academic institutions. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the picture was changed. Does the dominance of Western European and North American authors persist in knowledge production about Russia, or has this imprint of center-periphery relations been overcome? This article addresses the issue of changes in the global organization of Russian studies by focusing on the quantity and impact of academic publications among main world regions over the period 1990–2020 using the Web of Science database. The findings reveal that the centrality of Northern America has been challenged as Europe having become more important and the growing development of Russian scholarship. From 1990 to 2020, the share of Northern America dropped from 63% to 28% of the overall output, the European share increased from 22% to 37% and the Russian output expanded from 9% to 23%. The decrease in the quantity of publications produced by US scholars follows with the decrease of the impact of the US articles, while the substantial increase in European production results in dramatic change in gaining global visibility. Although, Russia is one of the key players on the global research scene, the impact of these articles is below the world average.

Keywords: Russian studies, Russia, post-Soviet studies, knowledge production

Suggested Citation

Guba, Katerina and Chechik, Elena and Tsivinskaya, Angelika and Buravoy, Nikita, Global Organization of Russian Studies: Large-Scale Scientometric Analysis of Publications and Citations, 1990-2020 (January 16, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4696769 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4696769

Katerina Guba (Contact Author)

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Elena Chechik

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Angelika Tsivinskaya

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nikita Buravoy

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