I would like to write a few words about the situation of science in Poland and ask you whether the situation described by me sounds familiar to you.
Last year, the Ministry of Science in Poland published a list of approved, rated scientific journals (the long-awaited document was published on July 31). This is a crucial document for thousands of Polish scientists, which includes 29,000 scientific journal titles.
The academic achievements of faculties in Poland are evaluated according to the points received by scientists for publications. The researchers are expected to provide the appropriate number of points for the university. They are expected to publish in the “right places”.The more points you get for publications, the higher the budget subsidy for your university.
The Ministry of Science evaluated tens of thousands of scientific journals from around the world, assigned them to specific disciplines and determined their values in points. The entire quality assessment of research conducted by Polish universities (for the period 2017-2020) will depend on this list.
Scientists have found mistakes and questionable decisions that could indicate political interference in the assessment (for example journals publishing articles critical of the current right-wing government in Poland received a low number of points, many prestigious journals are not on the list at all etc.).
Thank you for the opportunity to share this fact with you.