Prestigious Indices – What Does It Take to Get Your Journal Accepted?

By Marissa Massare on Jul 19, 2021

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Journal indexing can be a very complex concept to wrap your head around. If you look at a list of journal indices, you may ask yourself, “Why is this journal included in one journal indexing database and not another?” or “Why is a certain journal not included at all?”. There are many different answers to these questions, but some may be:
  • The journal has not been established long enough to qualify for a specific index.
  • The journal’s citation rates are not high enough.
  • The journal’s coverage and scope does not align with the index.
  • The journal does not have enough published content to qualify for an index.
  • The journal’s contributors and reviewers are primarily from the same institution and/or country.
Selection criteria for indices is based on the amount of highly cited content found in the journal, as well as practical relevance to scope and coverage and the contributions it makes to the field of research, among several other key areas. Publishers must adhere to guidelines and requirements of indices when selecting journals to submit.
Journal Indexing Critical Requirements
  • Quality content, with more research forthcoming
  • Timeliness
  • Quantitative citation data, with low self-citation rates
  • Diverse authorship
  • Journal has been established for two or more years
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It’s important that journals publish a consistent flow of content year-to-year as indices aren’t just looking at how frequently the content is being utilized and cited (citation impact), but they are also closely monitoring the level of interest coming from contributors to the journal. Journals that display a gradual decline in submissions from year-to-year may be pulled from or rejected by the index, especially if the journal is also experiencing declining citation rates. Also, more specialized/niche journals oftentimes will have a more difficult time getting indexed and carrying an impact factor due to a smaller set of researchers actively utilizing the content. It’s important that editors of more niche journals are keeping a robust network of colleagues to support them in promoting the journal – encouraging its usage and also engaging prospective contributors.
What many don’t understand is that just because a journal isn’t currently indexed, it doesn’t mean that it never will be. As specified above journals must be established for a minimum of two years before they can be considered for inclusion in most prominent indices. So any newly established journal would not yet be eligible. Submitting to a newer journal can have many benefits as oftentimes these journals are in the most innovative content areas and positioned well for future indexing, and even if your work is accepted into the journal before the journal is formally accepted into an index, once the journal is accepted into an index, you as an author will be recognized as having your work included in an indexed journal.
Also, another important thing to note is that open access journals (gold open access journals specifically) can at times have a leg up on being indexed due to the content being more open and available for use under Creative Commons licensing. Without any paywalls or heavy usage restrictions, it is much easier for researchers to access and source the content in these journals leading to a higher potential for citation impact. IGI Global’s open access content operates under the CC BY license, allowing authors’ work to be freely accessible to the entire community, which leads to an 89% increase in usage and citation impact. As such, many of IGI Global’s gold open access (OA) journals are indexed in multiple prestigious indices. Below are just a few of IGI Global’s highly indexed OA journals that have been successful in meeting indexing criteria and carry strong citation impact:
Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM)
Prof. Zuopeng (Justin) Zhang (University of North Florida, USA)
  • Gold Open Access
  • Indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, Ei Compendex,
    & Inspec
  • Currently Accepting Articles for the 2021 Volume Year
  • Provides Forum to Share Leading-Edge Knowledge in the Global Information Resource Management Area
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Since 1993, the Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM) has encouraged researchers to submit and disseminate their knowledge about all aspects of global information resources management. At the helm, Editor-in-Chief Prof. Justin Zhang of the University of North Florida, U.S., gathers with a growing list of over 2,400 industry-leading experts to compile what is JGIM. JGIM publishes articles that deal with issues such as usage, failure, success, policies, strategies, and applications of information technology across nations.
Explore JGIM’s Coverage:
  • Global IT and Government
  • Global Marketing and Human Resources
    Information Systems
  • Global IT Diffusion and Infrastructure
  • Global Enterprise Systems and E-Commerce
  • IT in Europe
  • IT in Latin and North Americas
  • IT in the Asia Pacific
  • IT in the Middle East and Africa
  • Plus Many More!

International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management (IJABIM)
Prof. Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain)
  • Gold Open Access
  • Indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, & Inspec
  • Currently Accepting Articles for the 2021 Volume Year
  • Publishes Timely Analysis on the Globalization and
    Sustained Development of Asian Commerce and
    Management Technologies
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The International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management (IJABIM) provides timely and in-depth analysis on the subject of globalization and sustained development of Asian commerce and management technologies, specifically focusing on Central Asia, Himalayan region, Southeast Asia, and the Far East. Editor-in-Chief Prof. Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos of the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain, works with researchers to ensure that the journal is publishing on the latest developments surrounding tourism, entrepreneurship, and cultural and creative industries.
Explore IJABIM’s Coverage:
  • Business
  • Organization Structure
  • Chinese Investment in Europe
  • Sustained Development
  • Resource Allocation
  • International Trade
  • And More!

Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC)
Profs. Sang-Bing Tsai (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Zhongshan Institute et al.
  • Gold Open Access
  • Indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, Ei Compendex, & Inspec
  • Currently Accepting Articles for the 2021 Volume Year
  • Covers High Impact Research in All Areas of Organizational and End-User Computing (OEUC) From More Than
    Six Continents
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The Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC) was established in 1989. Since that time, it has published research from over 1,000 industry-leading contributors from more than 30 countries and has been accepted into many prestigious indices, including Web of Science, Scopus, and Inspec. Editor-in-Chief Prof. Sang-Bing Tsai of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Zhongshan Institute, China and the Research Center for Environment and Sustainable Development, Civil Aviation University of China, China, is committed to ensuring that the journal publishes empirical and theoretical research concerned with all aspects of organizational and end-user computing with a focus on significant studies that explain how this area of research can impact OEUC performance and productivity, strategic and competitive advantage, and electronic commerce.
Explore JOEUC’s Coverage:
  • OEUC in Healthcare
  • OEUC Management
  • OEUC Risk Factors
  • OEUC Privacy and Security
  • OEUC Productivity and Performance
  • Plus more facets of OEUC!

International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems (IJAEIS)
Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA) et al.
  • Gold Open Access
  • Indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, Ei Compendex, & Inspec
  • Currently Accepting Articles for the 2021 Volume Year
  • Presents High-Quality Research on the Design and Implementation of Information Systems in Agronomics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and the Environment
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The International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems (IJAEIS) publishes high quality research on the design and implementation of information systems in fields such as mathematics, agronomics, computer science, and the environment. While collaborating with researchers, professors, environmentalists, and academicians, the Editors-in-Chief Prof. Frederic Andres of the National Institute of Informatics, Japan, Prof. Chutiporn Anutariya of the Asian Institute of Technology, Prof. Teeradaj Racharak of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan, and Prof. Watanee Jearanaiwongkul of the National institute of Informatics, Japan, provide a space for innovation in the development of applied software engineering and environmental information systems.
Explore IJAEIS’s Coverage:
  • Land Use
  • Agricultural Production
  • Water Management
  • Forest fires
  • Data Integration
  • Eco-Technologies
  • Software Engineering
  • Soil Air and Water Quality Models
  • And more!

International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (IJDCF)
Prof. Feng Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Gold Open Access
  • Indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, Ei Compendex,
    & Inspec
  • Currently Accepting Articles for the 2021 Volume Year
  • Encourages State-of-the-Art Coverage in the Development
    of Digital Crime Prevention and Forensics
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The International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (IJDCF) explores legal evidence found in computers and electronic storage mediums while delving deeper into the use of electronic devices and software for crime prevention and investigation. Its research hails from a growing list of more than 650 contributors from 5 continents and is led by Editor-in-Chief Prof. Feng Liu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Relevant research on digital crime and forensic disciplines can be found in the journal as it contributes to IJDCF being indexed in prestigious indices such as Web of Science, Scopus, Ei Compendex, and Inspec.
Explore IJDCF’s Coverage:
  • Crime Scene Imaging
  • Malicious Codes
  • Digital Evidence
  • Watermarking for Digital Forensics
  • Computer Virology
  • Digital Document Examination
  • Terrorism Knowledge Portals and Databases
  • And much more!

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