Journal Impact Factor! Web of Science (SCI, ESCI, ISI)? How to Know If a Journal is Indexed?

Journals Indexing

Web of Science (SCI, ESCI, ISI)! It is important to know if a journal is indexed and the journal impact factor 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 what was formally known as ISI and now known as Web of Science in order to consider the publication for either applications of postgraduate programs applicants or faculty promotions.


  1. Just go to
  2. Choose NLM Catalog from the dropdown menu next to the search box
  3. Enter the journal name
  4. Click on the journal name in search results
  5. Scroll down to the “In” and “Current Indexing Status” fields. This will show you if the journal you are researching is indexed in any of the National Library of Medicine databases as shown in the figure below.
تصنيف المجلات العلمية ISI Web of Science


  1. Go to
  2. Enter the journal name in the search box
  3. 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”.


  1. Go to
  2. Look for the specialty you are interested in, like “Medicine” or “Dentistry”
  3. Click on “Excel” or “HTML” that appears next to coverage list
  4. Check the indexing start date and stop date for the journal of interest
  5. Make sure that indexing stop date is empty otherwise, it means that the journal is not indexed in EBSCO anymore


  1. Go to
  2. Download the list of journals. Alternatively, you can download the list of journals for 2021 here.

Web of Science (SCI, ESCI, ISI), (Previously known as Thomson Reuters/ISI)

  1. Go to
  2. In the search field, write the full journal name.
  3. In coverage, if you see Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), this means that the journal is indexed.
  4. A lower level of indexing is Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).
  5. See the image below as an example.
تصنيف المجلات العلمية ISI Web of Science. Web of Science (SCI, ESCI, ISI)

To find the journal impact factor and the quartile of a journal in Web of Science

  1. Register an account at here.
  2. After completing registration, go to this link.
  3. Look up the journal in the search field.
  4. Click on the journal’s name.
  5. Look for the impact factor and the quartile (Q1, Q1, Q3, or Q4) as it is shown in the images below.
Web of Science Journals ranking and impact factor IF. تصنيف المجلات العلمية والفهرسة ومعامل التأثير.
Web of Science Journals ranking and impact factor IF Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. تصنيف المجلات العلمية والفهرسة ومعامل التأثير.

You can also look up journals by specialty by clicking (Category) on the top of the page or click on this link (must be signed in). You can there find the full report for the selected journal including quartile and journal impact factor.

That was a quick guide for journals citations. It is a useful source for academicians and postgraduate programs applicants. You can read the Arabic version of this article by clicking here.


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