MIEM Professor’s Papers Among Most Popular Publications on SpringerLink
The paper by Yury Budkov, Professor at HSE MIEM School of Applied Mathematics, co-authored with Andrey Kolesnikov from Leipzig University, was initially published by a Russian journal, Polymer Science. Its English version was published by SpringerLink, where it generated considerable interest among visitors.
The paper “Models of the Conformational Behavior of Polymers in Mixed Solvents Polymer Science” was written in 2018 for a special issue of the journal Polymer Science (Series C – Selected Topics) commemorating the 90th anniversary of Tatiana Birshtein – a Soviet and Russian scholar renowned for her contribution to statistical physics of polymers. The paper contained critical analysis of the contemporary situation in the theory of conformational transitions of linear macromolecules in mixed solvents, and the most recent achievements in this field.
Springer regularly awards the authors of several Russian papers that generated the most interest among visitors of SpringerLink by reading annotations or downloading full texts. The authors of these papers receive money awards, but no less important is the fact that thanks to these publications, interest in Russian journals and research performed by Russian scholars is growing.
‘Polymer Science is one of the best Russian journals, which is actively supported by the academic community in the field of polymers and guarantees high publication quality,’ said Yury Budkov. ‘Its editor-in-chief is RAS member Alexey Khokhlov. My colleague and I wrote this paper in Russian intentionally and then translated it into English. The high interest in the paper is obviously due to its practical value – the opportunities to use polymer solvents and controlling their values in the food industry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnologies.’
Yury Budkov regularly publishes in recognized scholarly journals in physics and chemistry, mostly international ones. He teaches master’s courses and discusses the latest achievements in theory and computer modelling of condensed matters with his students; his teaching is based on the most recent papers from such journals. He believes that textbooks are not enough to teach MIEM master’s courses, so most special courses’ syllabi are based on papers in highly ranked international journals.
‘I tell my students that any scholar should aim to be published in such journals for two reasons. First, their audiences are huge, and their paper will be read by many colleagues. Second, editorial boards send you feedback: even if the paper is not accepted, serious criticism is useful, and these recommendations can be used to improve the paper,’ Budkov believes. ‘If someone is a serious researcher and their scientific field is relevant, their paper will eventually be approved for publication.’