Percentage of articles and reviews by countries in sources discontinued by Scopus
This dataset is important for estimating the problems with academic policy and quality control in some countries, which result in an excessive (compared to other countries) percentage of publications in questionable journals not providing a proper peer review and/or violating research ethics. Such journals are regularly discontinued from Scopus.
Steps to reproduce
To get the number of articles and reviews in discontinued journals: 1) Download the latest list of discontinued sources from Scopus here: https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/scopus/how-scopus-works/content 2) Do an advanced search in Scopus by Source ID, ISSN and/or title 3) Choose "Article" and "Review" as Document type and click "Limit to" 4) Choose desired year(s) and click "Limit to" 5) In "Country/Territory" click "View all", 6) Copy all countries and numbers and paste them to Excel sheet 7) For each country and year, divide the number of articles and reviews in discontinued sources by total number of articles and reviews. To calculate the total number of articles and reviews, make an Advanced search in Scopus by "DOCTYPE(ar) OR DOCTYPE(re)" and compete steps 3-6. *In this dataset, only countries with highest number of articles and reviews in discontinued sources and in all sources in any of the studied years are present. Countries with zero articles or reviews in discontinued sources in any of the studied year were excluded.