Abstracting and Indexing

The success of any scholarly publication is greatly dependent upon its visibility in the academic community and the number of researchers and scholars who cite and share the work with their colleagues and in their own publications. To assist authors and editors in disseminating their content to as many readers as possible, a number of citation indices and abstracting services provide lists and repositories of quality work to increase the visibility of that work to the greater academic community.

IGI Global takes great pride in having publications indexed by major indices worldwide. So long as they meet the required criteria, all IGI Global publications are submitted for indexing to indices including Thomson Reuters, Scopus, Inspec, PsycINFO, Compendex, and more. IGI Global has a dedicated abstracting and indexing department that focuses on assisting editors with formulating a strong campaign for their books and journals. They work very closely with the editorial department at IGI Global to ensure that as new books and journal issues are released on schedule, they are immediately submitted for consideration to the appropriate channels.

Many of the most prominent indices are very selective in the content they choose to accept, so it is imperative that authors and editors carefully prepare their published work according to established guidelines in order to increase their chances for acceptance. To be considered for indexing, the following requirements must be fulfilled before a publication can be submitted by IGI Global’s abstracting and indexing department to any of these indices for consideration. A publication rejected by a major index for not meeting these requirements may be placed on probation, or worse, no future chances for inclusion. It is IGI Global’s goal to have all of our publications included in these prestigious indices. A sincere thanks to our authors and editors who assist in making this happen.

Journal Indexing Requirements

Quality Content, with more research forthcomingTimelinessQuantitative citation data, with low self-citation ratesDiverse authorshipJournal has been established for two or more years

- Quality Content, with more research forthcoming

Superior research with advanced scientific content and outstanding editorial quality builds a strong foundation for journal indexing. It is also important that the research is ongoing, with a solid lineup of future content providing opportunities for new cutting-edge article submissions. A journal with quality content will publish articles with descriptive titles and abstracts relevant to the journal's mission and focus.

- Timeliness

It is absolutely integral for the purposes of indexing that each issue of a journal is submitted on time. Late journals submitted for indexing will result in rejection and a temporary suspension of the journal for resubmission. At minimum, the three most recent issues of the journal must be released according to schedule for the journal to be considered. IGI Global will only submit journals that are not only on time but also have a track record of judicious performance. Late submissions will disqualify a journal from indexing consideration until such a time as the journal meets its targeted deadlines. A schedule of deadlines for issue submission is available in the Editor's Guide.

- Quantitative citation data, with low self-citation rates

One important determining factor regarding journal indexing is the number of times articles from that journal have been cited by an outside source, otherwise known as the journal's citation impact. Indices also evaluate the citation record of the contributing authors and editorial board members. This allows the index administrators to evaluate the journal's ability to attract contributions from scholars whose prior work has been useful to the research community. The number of self-citations a journal has is also evaluated. If a journal self-cites too much, it reflects negatively on the content.

- Diverse authorship

Today’s research development takes place in a global context; therefore, we must ensure that our journals incorporate international diversity among editors, authors, and journal review board members. IGI Global’s cutting-edge research targets an international audience, and an internationally diverse journal is more likely to have importance in the international community of researchers. Indices look closely at the diversity of a journal's contributors in their evaluations.

- Journal has been established for two or more years

At least two years of timely issues establishes a dedicated commitment on behalf of journal contributors. Many journals launch and then falter or are cancelled. Two years is the standard minimum age for most indices when evaluating new journals for indexing consideration. Additionally, this two year period is an important time when journals can build citation impact, which is a crucial requirement for prominent indices.

To view a list of all IGI Gloabl Journals included in any given Index click here.

Questions regarding IGI Global’s initiatives in abstracting and indexing can be directed to: indexing@igi-global.com.

Last Updated July 13, 2015