FAQ

Question 1: Will those local journals which do not appear in this list, be considered as 'recognized' by HEC?

Answer: In HJRS the local journals that indexed with either WoS or Scopus or both and have prestige measures would definitely get a higher chance of getting a prestigious category according to their JPI Score. The non-indexed local journals would be evaluated for some interim period of time by HEC Committees and would be placed in Y category after following the due diligence process. This is the maximum category that a local non-indexed journal might get.


Question 2: Why categories of certain journals have been changed from W to X or Y ?

Answer:  W, X and Y categories of HJRS are determined on the basis of relative JPI score of a Journal in each Subject area. Thresholds for different disciplines/subject areas are determined by the Scientific Review Panels of HEC. The good thing about JPI is that it is computed as a cumulative index of 6 internationally recognized journal prestige measures.


Question 3: Why publisher name and impact factor are not provided of the journals?

Answer: In order to have a fair assessment, all journals that are indexed in Scopus and Web of Science (WoS), the CD2 (Scopus Impact Factor) is reported. However, the journals that are indexed in WoS only, CD2 is JCR impact factor.


Question 4: HJRS will become effective from which date?

Answer: HJRS has been launched on a testing basis as a beta version. The New policy of Research Journals (HJRS) will be implemented w.e.f. 1st July 2020. Till this date, the existing policy/SOP is applicable for recognition of journals. HJRS will be updated periodically. Detailed information including revised SOP and notification of new policy is available on http://hec.gov.pk/site/journals


Question 5: What will be the status of journal publications which are published before July 1st, 2020.

Answer: The recognition of journals according to HJRS will become effective starting from July 1st, 2020. All journal publications before this date will be recognized as per the existing HEC policy in vogue.


Question 6: What is the status of HRJS in comparison to the existing recognition criteria of HEC with regards to national and international journals?

Answer: The existing policy remains valid till June 30th, 2020. All national and international journals would be recognized according to HJRS starting from July 1st, 2020.


Question 7: Can we currently use this site in order to decide about the international journals where we intend to submit our future publications?

Answer: HJRS has been launched as beta version for testing until 30th June 2020. The new policy of Research Journals will be implemented w.e.f. 1st July 2020 and till that date the existing policy/SOP is applicable.


Question 8: Is there any time limit criteria of when a journal can be considered as 'recognized'? The HJRS site shows 2017 and 2018 in the list of years. What does these years represent?

Answer: New policy of Research Journals will be implemented w.e.f. 1st July 2020 till that existing policy/SOP is applicable. These years only provide a temporal evolution of the prestige measures of a journal. Typically, the JPI score does not significantly change on a yearly basis; therefore, one can make an informed assessment about journal categories for the year 2019 once prestige measures are released in 2020.


Question 9: Is the given HJRS website authentic for journals at HEC? I don’t find it on the official page of HEC.

Answer: Yes, the official web page under HEC domain is available at https://hjrs.hec.gov.pk/index.php?r=site%2Findex


Question 10: Why the Journals that in Master Journal List (MJL) are not appearing in HJRS?

Answer: The Journals that appear in MJL and have neither an impact factor nor other parameters like AIF, EFT, H-Index, SJR, SNIP would be eventually placed in Y category. This work is in progress.


Question 11: Why some journal does not show? like Pakistan Entomologist is listed in ISI master list and is also in Y category but when we search in HJRS, it shows nothing

Answer: Please read answer to Question 10.


Question 12: Why Annals of King Edward Medical University Pakistan ISSN, Online 2079-0694 isn't available on HEC Journal Recognition System. This journal is included in Master Journal List of Clarivate Analytics in Web of Science, also included in Emerging Citation Source Index, Directory of Open Access Journal, Pakmedinet and many other databases.

Answer: Please read answer to Question 10.


Question 13: Why impact factor journals listed in Science Citation Index are in X category? To give you an example, Journal of Applied Statistics has 0.76 impact factor but it is X category journal. Similarly, Pakistan journal of Statistics was previously derecognized but now it is listed as Y category journal. Please clarify this.

Answer: The Journals are recognized according to JPI score that is a composite index of 6 prestige parameters including impact factor. The thresholds for W, X and Y are decided for each subject area by relevant Review Panels.


Question 14: Why Pakistani journals are not included in this category system. Is this for international journals. From which date it will be effective. Why HEC has still not issued any letter in this regard. All students and researchers are confused to use it or not. Please guide in this regard and propagate it to all newspapers and electronic media for awareness.

Answer: All Pakistani Journal that are indexed in WoS or Scopus are included and categorized according to their JPI score. The non-indexed journals are being reviewed by an HEC Review Panel and would be placed in Y category if they met the criteria as specified in the new Policy.


Question 15: The journal "South Asian Journal of Business Studies" is a master listed journal, indexed in Scopus indexing and Emerald Insight is the publisher. However, it is not available on HJRS. Can you please explain why HEC has missed this worthy journal to include in the list of recognized journal?

Answer: Please read answer to Question 10.


Question 16: Why the category of JPMA is changed to "X" in HJRS.

Answer:  W, X and Y categories of HJRS are determined on the basis of relative JPI score of a Journal in each Subject area. Thresholds for different disciplines/subject areas are determined by the Scientific Review Panels of HEC. The good thing about JPI is that is computed as a cumulative index of 6 internationally recognized journal prestige measures.


Question 17: Is "Pakistan Journal of Medical and Health sciences" recognized by HEC or not?

Answer: Detailed information of HEC recognized local journals is available on http://hec.gov.pk/site/journals. This journal is recognized in the Y category according to its JPI score.


Question 18: It is good news that HEC has developed a new web site for seeking the categories of the journals. The alarming situation is that those reputed journals which has impact factors, W category show the X category. It means what is the difference between impact factor and mon impact factor journals.  Please rectify these issues.

Answer: W, X and Y categories of HJRS are determined on the basis of relative JPI score of a Journal in each Subject area. Thresholds for different disciplines/subject areas are determined by the Scientific Review Panels of HEC. The good thing about JPI is that is computed as a cumulative index of 6 internationally recognized journal prestige measures.


Question 19: As a researcher I have serious concerns over "HJRS" journal ranking system. Even, Journals ranked "A" category in ABDC are categorized too low in HJRS system. For example, Journal of retailing and consumer services is "A" in ABDC but in HEC ranking it stood at "Bronze". I seriously doubt HEC evaluation system which is dubious, unclear and somewhat unrealistic.

Answer: HEC Journal Recognition System (HJRS), A collection of research journals that are categorized into three different categories – W, X and Y -- within their respective knowledge areas on the basis of a number of internationally benchmarked and recognized parameters that measure the quality of a journal. The relative position and category of each journal is computed by a propriety algorithm that is designed with the objective of promoting quality research across various disciplines. Please click on “about HJRS” tab to read for an in-depth understanding.


Question 20: Before this current HJRS categories, every journal having an impact factor was considered as W category. But in this current HJRS system, an impact factor journal might not be in a W category. So, is the current categorical system different from the one of the past?

Answer: HEC Journal Recognition System (HJRS), A collection of research journals that are categorized into three different categories – W, X and Y -- within their respective knowledge areas on the basis of a number of internationally benchmarked and recognized parameters that measure the quality of a journal. The relative position and category of each journal is computed by a propriety algorithm that is designed with the objective of promoting quality research across various disciplines. Please click on “about HJRS” tab to read for an in-depth understanding.


Question 21: Can you please tell me the status/category of journals in JML that are not impact factor journals?

Answer: Please read answer to Question 10.


Question 22: Please add these two Scopus/ESCI journals in HJRS database 1-Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies. (Emerald) 2-Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion. (Taylor & Francis)

Answer: All journals that are indexed in WoS or Scopus are included in HJRS. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion. (Taylor & Francis) is a W Category journal.  Please find journals https://hjrs.hec.gov.pk/index.php?r=site%2Findex. Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies is in Scopus and hence also in HJRS. You can also search a journal through ISSN.


Question 23: Chinese Journal of Structural Chemistry is an impact factor journal but not included in the HJRS list issued by HEC.

Answer: All journals that are indexed in WoS or Scopus are included in HJRS. Please find journals https://hjrs.hec.gov.pk/index.php?r=site%2Findex. You can also search a journal through ISSN. Sometimes indexed name of a journal differs slightly from its known name.