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International abstracting and indexing services

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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. Various international abstracting and indexing services exist that you can apply to join. They are often subject-specific. Many have specific quality criteria that you will need to comply with for your journal to be accepted. See below for some ideas and links to how to apply for inclusion.

 

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. More information on problematic metrics can be found here: http://scholarlyoa.com/other-pages/misleading-metrics/


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. http://indexmedicus.afro.who.int/

African Journals OnLine (AJOL): This is a not-for-profit organization working to increase global access to full text, peer-reviewed, African-published journals in all subject areas. Email info@ajol.info for instructions on the application process.

Anthropological Index Online is an online bibliographic index which catalogues the contents of anthropology journals http://aio.anthropology.org.uk/aio/

Bioline International: This is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative providing open access to quality bioscience research journals published in developing countries. How to apply to have your journal added http://www.bioline.org.br/info?id=bioline&doc=questionnaire

ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles of modern and contemporary art research. Part of ProQuest group:  http://www.csa.com/factsheets/artbm-set-c.php

ATLA Religion Database http://www.atla.com/products/publishing/Pages/default.aspx

BioOne provides a sophisticated online presence and cohort-based community of independent society and organizational publishers in the biological sciences http://www.bioone.org/  To apply for inclusion: http://www.bioone.org/page/publish/selection_guidelines & http://www.bioone.org/page/publish/benefits

CABI is a not-for-profit science-based development and information organization providing CABI Abstracts and CABI Global Health.

CABI Abstracts: coverage is of the applied life sciences includes agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition. To apply for inclusion visit: http://www.cabi.org/default.aspx?site=170&page=2080

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. http://www.cabi.org/default.aspx?site=170&page=2080

Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) monitors, indexes, and abstracts the world's chemistry-related information, updating it daily and making it accessible through state-of-the-art information services. Instructions on how to apply for inclusion are available here: http://www.cas.org/aboutcas/faq.html#cover

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. To get a journal submitted for consideration, click here: http://csxstatic.ist.psu.edu/submit

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. How to apply for your OA journal to be included: http://doaj.org/application/new

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: http://www-us.ebsco.com/online/

EconLit The American Economic Association’s electronic bibliography, EconLit, indexes over 120 years of economics literature from around the world.  http://www.aeaweb.org/aea_journals.php Email them at info@econlit.org to find out if they will include your economics journal.

Embase: Biomedical Journals commercial abstracting service. Click here to suggest your journal http://www.embase.com/info/customer-support/new-title-suggestions

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: http://wokinfo.com/essays/journal-selection-process/

The International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication (ICAAP) is a research and development unit within Athabasca University in Canada. ICAAP is devoted to the advancement of electronic scholarly communication.  http://www.icaap.org/about.php ICAAP is not currently accepting more entries to their international journal database, but may do so again in future.

JournalSeek is an online database covering academic journals. It includes journals published by over 4500 academic publishers. AJOL journals are automatically included: http://journalseek.net/

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that enables discovery, access, and preservation of scholarly content. To read more, and apply for inclusion, visit: http://about.jstor.org/participate-jstor/publishers

Linguistics Abstracts Online is a high quality abstracts database containing over 50,000 abstracts from over 600 leading linguistics journals. Email bvtucker@ualberta.ca to request inclusion of your journal. http://www.linguisticsabstracts.com/help.aspx

Medline Journal Selection (see PubMed below) and here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/jsel.html See the next link for a journal review application to Medline http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/lstrc/lstrcform/med/index.html

Periodicals Index Online is an electronic index to millions of articles published in the arts, humanities and social sciences: http://pio.chadwyck.co.uk/marketing/inclusion.jsp

Project Muse: http://muse.jhu.edu/ - to apply for inclusion of your journal: http://muse.jhu.edu/about/publishers/index.html

ProQuest: http://www.proquest.co.uk/en-UK/affiliates/default.shtml

PsycINFO® : an expansive abstracting and indexing database in the behavioral sciences and mental health: http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/psycinfo/index.aspx

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. See here on how to apply http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pub/pubinfo/

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. PubMed includes Medline citation data. http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/lstrc/lstrcform/med/index.html

SafetyLit is an online information source for current and past scholarly research about all aspects of injury prevention and safety promotion: http://www.safetylit.org/about.htm To recommend a journal for inclusion, please email david.lawrence@sdsu.edu

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. http://en.scientificcommons.org

Scirus indexes over 440 million scientific items. It allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information. http://www.scirus.com/

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. To apply to have your journal included, click here: http://www.info.sciverse.com/scopus/scopus-in-detail/cover/suggest

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: http://wokinfo.com/essays/journal-selection-process/ 


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. More information on problematic metrics can be found here: http://scholarlyoa.com/other-pages/misleading-metrics/

AJOL African Journals Online