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. National journals recognized in HJRS are eligible for accreditation and funding according to their respective category from 1st July 2020.


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 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 implemented w.e.f. 1st July 2020. Before this date previous policy/SOP stands intact. Publications up till June 30, 2020 will be dealt as per previous policy/SOP. 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 has become effective from July 1st, 2020. All journal publications before this date will be recognized as per previous HEC policy in vogue.


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

Answer: The previous 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: Yes. However, maximum care should be taken keeping in JPI of particular journal.


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

Answer: : New policy of Research Journals has been implemented w.e.f. 1st July 2020. 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 coming year.


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: What is the status of journals exist in Master Journal List (MJL) of Web of Science?

Answer: The Journals that appear in MJL and have neither an impact factor nor other parameters like AIF, EFT, H-Index, SJR, SNIP are placed in Y category. Journals available in following indexes of Web of Science core collection are mapped in HJRS:

Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)

Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)

Arts & humanities Citation Index (AHCI)

Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)


Question 11: 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: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Which category of journal w, x or y in hjrs are acceptable for promotion and appointments on BPS and TTS in universities, colleges or institutes.

Answer: Query regarding appointment /promotion pertains to Quality Assurance (QA) division of HEC. Detailed information is available on https://hec.gov.pk/english/services/universities/QA/Pages/default.aspx


Question 17: Which category of journal W, X or Y in HJRS are acceptable for PhD publication / Award of PhD Degree.

Answer: Query regarding PhD publication / Award of PhD Degree pertains to Quality Assurance (QA) division of HEC. Detailed information is available on https://hec.gov.pk/english/services/universities/QA/Pages/default.aspx