Increase your Journal's Online Presence

Having your journal's Tables of Contents and Abstracts included in online collections can increase the visibility and perceived quality of your publication. They are often subject-specific, and many have specific quality criteria that your journal will need to cply with to be accepted. See below for some ideas and links to how to apply for inclusion.


  • African Index Medicus - In order to give access to information published in or related to Africa and to encourage local publishing, the World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA), has produced an international index to African health literature and information sources.
  • Anthropological Index Online is an online bibliographic index which catalogues the contents of anthropology journals.
  • Bioline International: This is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative providing open access to quality bioscience research journals published in developing countries. 
  • ATLA Religion Database 
  • BioOne provides a sophisticated online presence and cohort-based community of independent society and organizational publishers in the biological sciences. To apply for inclusion, see here.
  • CABI Abstracts: coverage is of the applied life sciences includes agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition. 
  • CABI Global Health is the only specialist bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health research and practice. Derived from over 3500 journals, plus reports, books and conferences, Global Health contains over 1.2 million scientific records from 1973 to the present.
  • CiteSeerx is an evolving scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. CiteSeerx aims to improve the dissemination of scientific literature and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness in the access of scientific and scholarly knowledge. 
  • The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a global list of qualifying open access, free full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages. 
  • EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS) is a commercial service that provides its customers with an index of thousands of e-journals containing millions of articles from hundreds of different publishers, all at one web site. Through Africa-Wide Information, a database compiled by NISC SA and which is part of EBSCO, AJOL journals’ metadata is automatically indexed in this service.
  • EconLit The American Economic Association’s electronic bibliography, EconLit, indexes over 120 years of economics literature from around the world. Email them to find out if they will include your economics journal.
  • Embase: Biomedical Journals commercial abstracting service. 
  • Impact Factor more accurately refers to the Web of Science Journal Citation Reports (JCR) (Thomson Reuters commercial product). This is the source of the "Impact Factor". It is very difficult for developing country journals to be added into the Journal Citation Reports in order to obtain an Impact Factor.
  • JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that enables discovery, access, and preservation of scholarly content. 
  • Medline 
  • Periodicals Index Online is an electronic index to millions of articles published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • Project Muse
  • ProQuest
  • PsycINFO® : an expansive abstracting and indexing database in the behavioral sciences and mental health.
  • PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of full text biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Only journals that are OA or OA after an embargo period can qualify for inclusion, amongst other stringent criteria. 
  • PubMed is different to PubMed Central (PMC) above. PubMed is a citation database, instead of a full text database like PMC. It lets you search millions of journal citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed does not display the full text of articles. Publishers participating in PubMed electronically submit their citations to NCBI (US National Center for Biotechnology Information) prior to or at the time of publication.
  • SafetyLit is an online information source for current and past scholarly research about all aspects of injury prevention and safety promotion. To recommend a journal for inclusion, please email
  • ScientificCommons is a project of the University of St. Gallen Institute for Media and Communications Management. The major aim of the project is to develop the world’s largest archive of scientific knowledge with full text freely accessible to the public. ScientificCommons includes a search engine for publications and author profiles. AJOL journals are automatically included
  • Scopus (Elsevier product) is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 19,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, SciVerse Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities. 
  • Web of Science Journal Citation Reports also called Impact Factors (Thomson Reuters commercial product). This is the source of the "Impact Factor". It is very difficult for developing country journals to be added into the Journal Citation Reports in order to obtain an Impact Factor.


PLEASE BE CAREFUL OF THE MANY FAKE INDEXING "SERVICES" that have sprung up over the last few years. These will usually ask for a payment of some kind. AJOL strongly advises journals to avoid becoming involved with these. Click here for more information on problematic metrics.