Types of indexing in journals | journal indexing databases

In this blog post, we will discuss various types of indexing databases in journals.

Researchers use research journals to publish and read research articles (research papers). It is always advised to publish in reputed or indexed journals. Reputable journals are indexed by various journal indexing databases.

This blog post aims to shed light on different types of journals’ indexing/ list of journal indexing databases.

Further, we will also know how to check journal indexing.

It takes a long time to write a research paper. It is very important to know if the target journal has any database indexing.

Types of indexing in journals

  • Google Scholar.
  • Scopus.
  • PubMed.
  • Web of Science.
  • DOAJ.

Checking Journal indexing

This section will illustrate how to check a journal indexing through the official websites of different journal indexing databases.

Check Scopus journals indexing

Scopus is Elsevier’s abstract and citation database, launched in 2004. Scopus covers nearly 36,377 titles from approximately 11,678 publishers, of which 34,346 are peer-reviewed journals in top-level subject fields: life sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, and health sciences.

Steps to check Scopus journals indexing

  1. Visit the official website of Scopus: https://www.scopus.com/sources.uri
  2. Enter the journal title
  3. Click on Find Sources to know Scopus details of the journal.

Check Web of Science journals’ (SCI) indexing

Web of Science Core Collection includes only journals that demonstrate high levels of editorial rigor and best practice.

Steps to check SCI journals

  1. Visit the official website of Web of Science: https://mjl.clarivate.com/search-results
  2. Enter the journal title.
  3. Click on Find Sources to see the Web of Science details of the journal.

Check PubMed Medline Journals indexing

PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.

Steps to check PubMed journals

  • Visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/
  • Type the journal-title or ISSN on the search box and click on the search button.
  • The journal details will be shown if it is in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) catalog.
  • Check the “Current indexing status.” Indexed journal shows “Currently indexed for MEDLINE”

Check if the journal is open access or not

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Steps to check open access journals

  • Visit the official website of DOAJ.
  • Enter the journal-title into the search box and click on the search button.

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