Abstracting and Indexing

The success of any scholarly publication is dependent upon its visibility in the academic community, and the number of researchers and scholars who cite and share the work with their colleagues. To assist authors and editors in disseminating their content to as many readers as possible, a number of citation indexing 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 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 consideration to indices including Web of Science, Scopus, Inspec, PsycINFO, Ei 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.

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

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.


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 they 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I have my journal indexed in prestigious indices such as Web of Science, Scopus, etc.?
First of all, do not submit your own journal. Secondly, adhere to the above journal indexing requirements. It is IGI Global’s goal to have all of their premier references indexed by as many prestigious indices as possible. All content that adheres to indexing guidelines will be submitted for consideration and the journal indexing team will keep all contributors informed of indexing developments regarding their publications.

How do I receive an Impact Factor for my journal?
Impact Factors are assigned through Journal Citation Reports from Clarivate and Scopus. An Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period. All IGI Global journals that meet Journal Indexing Requirements are submitted to Clarivate Analytics; to receive an Impact Factor for your journal, adhere to the Journal Indexing Requirements listed above. More information is available here.

How do I see where my journal has been indexed?
On your journal's web page, click “Indices” on the middle menu bar for the full index listing.

Can I submit a journal for indexing myself?
No. IGI Global will submit all qualified journals for indexing. We strongly discourage authors or editors from submitting their journals to indices because this can result in rejection as well as a suspension period of up to three years before any re-submissions are permitted. IGI Global carefully evaluates and submits qualified journals and ensures that all required content is present before submission.

How often does IGI Global submit journals for indexing?
The IGI Global indexing team constantly monitors the entire list of published journals for publications that meet the requirements for indexing submission.

Why can’t I see or search my publication on a particular index's website?
IGI Global does not have control over any index's website. If you have received a notification that your journal has been indexed, but do not see it on the index’s web site, the index has most likely not yet uploaded its newly indexed publications. Please be patient. If after a few weeks you still do not see your publication on the site, please contact the IGI Global Indexing team at marketing@igi-global.com and notify them of the error; we will contact that index to resolve the issue.

I received an email notification from the IGI Global indexing team entitled “Your Journal Has Been Submitted for Indexing.” Does this mean my journal has been indexed?
No. This is a notification to let you know that the publication you are associated with has been submitted for indexing consideration. The publication has met the preliminary requirements for indexing. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOUR JOURNAL HAS BEEN INDEXED; this means it is currently under review. You will receive a notification from the IGI Global indexing team notifying you if your publication has been accepted for indexing under specific indices. Please note that the indexing process can take over a year to complete.

If my publication is rejected by an index, what does that mean?
This means that your publication did not meet the established criteria of that specific index. If your publication is rejected, it may be put on a temporary suspension period to allow time for adjustments. During this time, we recommend that contributors continue to adhere to the Journal Indexing Requirements to encourage citation and timeliness. We will resubmit the journal when it has met indexing criteria and the index-mandated suspension period has passed.

Last Updated October 25, 2022