It is important to know if a journal is indexed before you submit a manuscript. Here is a quick guide to know if your journal is indexed or not. Indexing usually reflects the quality of a journal. Nowadays, many institutions require a journal to be indexed especially in ISI (Clarivate) in order to consider the publication for either applications of postgraduate programs applicants or faculty promotions.
- Just go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/
- Choose NLM Catalog from the dropdown menu next to the search box
- Enter the journal name
- Click on the journal name in search results
- Scroll down to the “In” field. You will see if the journal is indexed in any of the databases (image below)
- Go to https://www.scopus.com/sources
- Enter the journal name in the search box
- If the journal name appears in the search results, it is indexed
Instead of entering a journal name, you can alternatively search for journals in a specific specialty. Just enter the specialty’s name like “cardiology” or “periodontics”.
- Go to https://www.ebsco.com/title-lists
- Look for the specialty you need like “Medicine” or “Dentistry”
- Click on “Excel” or “HTML” that appears next to coverage list
- Check the indexing start date and stop date for the journal of interest
- Make sure that indexing stop date is emptyotherwise, it means that the journal is not indexed in EBSCO anymore
- Go to https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/embase-biomedical-research/embase-coverage-and-content
- Download the list of journals. Alternatively, you can download the list of journals for 2017 here.
Clarivate Analytics (Previously known as Thomson Reuters/ISI)
- Go to http://mjl.clarivate.com/
- In the search field, write the full journal name and choose “Full Journal Title” from the dropdown menu next to the search box
- Click on coverage below the journal name in the results
- If Science Citation Index appears, this means it is index (image below)
Alternatively, you can click on “Science Citation Index” before searching and click on visit list.
That was a quick guide for journals citations. It is a useful source for academicians and postgraduate programs applicants. An Arabic version of this article is available here.