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Scientific journal "Letonica" succeeds in Scopus citation ranking

The scientific journal "Letonica", published by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia (ILFA), has been ranked in the top quartiles (Q1 and Q2) of the latest ranking of the international citation database Scopus. This confirms that the citation index of original scientific articles published in the journal reaches at least 50% of the industry average citation index.

The Scopus database indexes the journal in five areas - literature and literary theory (Q1), visual and performing arts (Q1), history (Q2), music (Q2), and cultural studies (Q2) - thus covering the broadest range of topics among Latvian academic journals.

"The news about the excellent performance of "Letonica" coincides with the 25th anniversary of the journal and the publication of its 50th issue last year, when, in retrospect, the main key to its success - a wide range of authors from outside the ILFA, interdisciplinarity and a gradually growing attraction of foreign authors - crystallised. Much credit is due to the former editors, especially to the current Editor-in-Chief, Jānis Ogas, who has carefully monitored not only the high scientific quality of the journal but also the opportunities for increasing citation rates and disseminating the journal to a wide international academic community. Publishing in "Letonica" and other journals included in international citation databases allows humanities researchers to reach a wide scholarly audience by presenting research results of national importance to foreign colleagues and engaging in co-publications, placing their research interests in wider contexts."

Vice-Rector of Sciences of the University of Latvia Assoc. Prof. Guntars Kitenbergs emphasises that "the humanities at the University of Latvia have a special role and a special responsibility in the national context. At the same time, modern science is international, so it is important to present national issues in a way that is relevant to current research trends and is internationally visible. The team at ILFA and "Letonica" is doing this by setting an excellent example to learn from and follow."

Edvards Francis Kuks, Head of the RIS3 Unit of the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of the Ministry of Education and Science, writes: "The Ministry of Education and Science is delighted with the success of the scientific journal "Letonica". The 1st and 2nd quartile rankings are a testament to the quality of the researchers and the journal's visibility in literary and related fields. "Letonica's" growth reminds us that scholarship is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary and requires close collaboration across disciplines. The dedicated work of ILFA in developing cooperation with Baltic and European researchers can serve as an example for other Latvian scientific journals. For Latvian researchers, it is an opportunity to publish in a high-quality journal, thus also contributing to the international visibility of Latvian science."

"Letonica" is an interdisciplinary scientific journal published since 1998. The journal publishes articles in the humanities and social sciences that are original, previously unpublished studies based on scientific research. All articles published in the journal are anonymously peer-reviewed. The journal is indexed in the Scopus, ERIH PLUS and EBSCO databases.

Six issues of the journal were published in 2023, including four thematic issues and three in English. The thematic issue "Urban Experiences: Narratives, Memories and Place Heritage" was published in 2024, and two more issues are planned. The publication is supported by the University of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation, and the Latvian Research Council.

Issues of "Letonica" can be purchased in major Latvian bookstores, the National Library of Latvia Friends Room and the ILFA Publishing House in Riga, Mūkusalas 3.

The journal is also available open access:

Last time modified: 07.06.2024 12:59:03