Finding the level of Research Papers | Reading, Referring and Publishing High Level Research Papers

How do you define research and research strategy? How can you identify if acquisition and selection of research papers is qualitative activity which has been performed by you. How will you find the development and implementation of existing techniques which have been described in existing research papers? How do I decide that which journals and conferences are good for paper publication and what is the level of my research paper. In this article, we shall try to figure out answers to some of these queries.

Factors to Determine The Level of Research paper

As observed from the image above, the process of identifying quality of research paper is very subjective. It depends on person to person that how he/ she takes this research paper. There are many criteria by which one may identify the level of research paper. These factors have been discussed as follows.


It depends on who and how many researchers are reading the research article. If researchers with high h-index are citing the research paper, it is considered as important. If its visibility is high, that means if it is published in journal which is highly subscribed or in some conference whose proceeding is followed by many researchers, it is considered to be important research paper


The citation count indicates number of time the research paper has been cited. If the research paper is recent, that means, if it is published recently and have high citation count, except that of self citations, then that means, the research paper is good and should be followed. Thus, the citation count also depends upon the age of research article.


The publication is dependent upon the level of journal or conferences. This is very subjective from person to person. Most of the research follows the following hierarchy but it may vary. The publication process is divided into two categories namely


There are lakhs of journals which can publish your research work. But in order to make your research work get noticed, you should follow following levels. Try to find out all the journals which are related to your research work. Always keep references from high level journals

Level 1: IEEE/ ACM Transactions

Usually Transactions, being core journals are considered to be the most prestigious journals. Once you publish your work in one of the most prestigious journals, you will be highly cited, reputed and recognized in research industry. Transactions usually have high impact factor but even if impact factor is not significant, you should try these journal for high reputation. For writing research paper for these journals, you need to be very efficient and expert in your domain.

Level 2: SCI/ SCIE Indexed Journals

SCI/ SCIE indexed journals are those journals which publish high level research papers only. There are many fake sellers and claimers for SCIE indexed journals in the market. One should definitely avoid any such pranks. People who claim your research work for SCIE indexed journals are fake and no-one in this world can assure you SCI indexed publication unless he has >50 research articles in SCIE indexed journals. One should definitely follow a guide for how to write a research paper for SCI/ SCIE indexed journals. You may also write a review paper for SCI/ SCIE indexed journal but it is usually not recommended for beginners. Always write review paper after 4-5 years of your research work on same topic. You may follow steps to write review paper for SCI/ SCIE indexed journals.

Level 3: SCOPUS Indexed Journals

The scopus indexed journals are comparatively more in number. This indexing accepts good research papers which have some novelty in it/ The novelty is mapped by identifying the approach. These are comparatively lenient and easy journals which have high acceptance rate. The review followed by scopus indexed journals is equally good but is more diverse in terms of scope. Scopus indexed journals are considered to be good brand as compared to all other normal and paid journals.


All the other journals including UGC Approved journals and many other who take some bucks of money to publish your research papers within a month or even earlier are even more fake. The only impact factor which matters is the one which is given by Thomson Reuters. Many journals claim some local impact factors which are not valuable in any way.


The level of conferences is very clearly segregated in first two but second and third are subjective. The level-wise segregation is shown as follows:


Core conferences are those conferences which are based on one theme of the domain. A specific domain is focused in this conference and all the researchers need to present their research work. These conferences are conducted all over the world and are ranked as A*, A, B, and C. The ranking for core conferences can be found here.


These conferences are good for beginners. the Springer indexed conference have different proceedings of LNCS, LNAI, LNEE, AISC etc which are published as books and research papers are published as book chapters. Usually, these proceedings are submitted for indexing in SCOPUS. Similarly, in Elsevier indexed conference, the papers are published in Procedia Computer Science and other scopus indexed journals. The research papers are available on


These conferences are good conferences but do not have good reputation. This is so because many research papers are published without authentication. The paper acceptance is dependent upon local reviewers which may or may not biased. Thus, the authenticity of IEEE conference papers is low and is usually not considered for publication.

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