The post-Soviet publication landscape for higher education research

Abstract

We studied the population of articles on higher education published in academic journals by researchers from post-Soviet countries in the last three decades. We found that post-Soviet countries contribute differently to the overall publication output, with only Russia, Lithuania, and Estonia having more than 100 articles in journals indexed in Scopus. Countries also have different publication profiles in terms of articles’ language, topics, methodology, and the balance between articles in local and international journals. In comparison with a sample of international articles, post-Soviet authors publish a substantially smaller share of research articles, and articles about teaching and learning issues, student experience and outcomes, and academic work, but a larger share of policy-related articles and articles about system policy and history. Researchers from one post-Soviet country collaborate much less within their country compared with authors from the international sample, where people collaborate more actively between institutions within a country. At the same time, scholars from different post-Soviet countries do not collaborate with each other. Our analysis demonstrates the disunity of the community of post-Soviet scholars disconnected by national borders.

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Acknowledgments

We thank Liudmila Ugolnova for her excellent research assistance. We are also grateful to participants of the 19th HSE International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development (2018) and the CHER 31th Annual Conference (2018) for their comments and fruitful feedback.

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The article was prepared within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and supported within the framework of a subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project '5-100'."

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Table 5 Description of the topics
Table 6 Journals with highest number of articles
Table 7 Article language
Table 8 Percentage of different article types among articles with different collaboration patterns
Table 9 Characteristics of the empirical articles in different journals

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Innovative Higher Education

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Lovakov, A., Yudkevich, M. The post-Soviet publication landscape for higher education research. High Educ 81, 273–299 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00541-2

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Keywords

  • Higher education research
  • Post-Soviet countries
  • Journal articles
  • Research collaboration
  • International collaboration
  • Academic community