Quality of research in Indian agricultural sciences

The authors give here some views from the perspective of an agricultural scientist with regard to the situation in agricultural sciences. Relatively low/no citation of papers in agricultural sciences does not mean that the research output in the field is of poor quality, though there is no denying the fact that the citation of research output is important for promoting a good publication. But, the quality cannot be judged merely on the basis of citation index.

The authors submit that citation of papers in agricultural sciences could not be compared with other sciences (basic biological, chemical or physical sciences) due to different research priorities in agriculture, which have the main focus on product development that should have direct relevance to the farming systems. Practicability of research experiments is given more favour and consideration over the outputs of merely academic nature. Wide-scale adoption of the technology by the endusers is more important than high citation of the publications based on this technology.

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