Requesting List of Indexes

Requesting List of Indexes  

  By: Edwin Paul on March 20, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

Hi All

I am looking for journal indexing lists based on your experience may I have your list of reputable Journal Indexing

Re: Requesting List of Indexes  

  By: Andy Nobes on March 20, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Dear Edwin,

Thanks for your important question. The main reputable journal indexes are generally thought to be the Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed and DOAJ, but there are lots of smaller and subject-specific indexes. Many deceptive 'predatory' journals fake their inclusion in these indexes, so make sure you double-check that their claims are accurate by checking the links below.

Clarivate (formerly Thomson Reuters) Web of Science

In order to be eligible for an 'Impact Factor', a journal must be indexed in Clarivate’s Web of Science (also sometimes referred to as ‘ISI Web of Knowledge’ or ‘Journal Citation Reports’(JCR)). You can check if the journal is indexed in the Web of Science by searching for the name in the Clarivate Master Journal List: There are approximately 12,000 journals indexed, and the selection criteria are very strict.


Scopus is a journal index owned by Elsevier and is generally thought to be a good indicator of a high-quality, credible journal. You can search to check if journals are indexed via this link:

Scopus also has a rival metric to the Impact Factor, called ‘Scopus Cite Factor’ which can be found here


Pubmed is an index for medical journals. You can search the database here:

The best quality journals in Pubmed are included in a higher ‘tier’ called Medline. You can identify these journals in Pubmed as they are marked with ‘Currently indexed for MEDLINE’.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ provides a listing of Open Access Journals that have passed its basic entry criteria. It was criticised several years ago for allowing very low quality and ‘predatory’ journals into the index, but has since re-assessed and removed many journals. Journals that have been re-assessed and are credible have a green tick. Journals that follow best practice have also been awarded a gold seal.

What about Google Scholar?

It is very easy to get a journal indexed in Google Scholar, so this shouldn’t be seen as a sign of journal credibility. However, some journals mention their Google Scholar H5-index rating. This is similar to an ‘impact factor’ and is calculated according to the number of citations the journal receives. This may be useful for assessing how popular the journal is. See here for the list of top journals by H5-index:

Other indexes

There are also many smaller and subject specific indexes and abstracting services. For example:

  • British Humanities Index
  • CAB Abstracts
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • EconLit
  • Geographical Abstracts
  • International Political Science Abstracts
  • MathSciNet
  • PsycINFO
  • Ulrich's periodicals directory

For more information, see:

The best sources of information about scholarly, peer-reviewed journals
How do I find a suitable journal and how can I afford the publishing fees?

Have I missed any useful indexes or resources? Let me know.

Best wishes

Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator

 Last edited by: Andy Nobes on March 18, 2019, 12:47 p.m., edited 1 time in total.

Re: Requesting List of Indexes  

  By: Thamara Gunasekare on March 21, 2018, 1:31 a.m.

Dear andy , Thank you very much for the informtion posted on indexed journals.It is helpful for us to find a reputed journal for our manuscripts.

Thank you once again,


Re: Requesting List of Indexes  

  By: Prof. Never Assan on March 21, 2018, 8:10 a.m.

Europe monopolise the indexing, Andy you are trying to say in Africa we do not have good journals


Re: Requesting List of Indexes  

  By: Andy Nobes on March 21, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

Hi Never,

Good point. You are absolutely right, most of these indexes are established in Europe or the United States and you are right to be cynical of this - there are inevitably certain biases towards journals in those regions, and against journals in Africa, Asia and Latin America, who struggle to get indexed in many of the indexes above - except in my opinion DOAJ, which has a good geographical spread of Open Access journals.

I should have mentioned these platforms in my earlier post, which are good sources of credible journals in the Global South:

I have heard that there will soon be a new platform for French-speaking African journals - watch this space :)

* All the 'JOL' platforms above have a new quality control criteria called the JPPS which is being developed and finalised by AJOL (see here for more information

Do you know of any other platforms or indexes?

Best wishes

Andy Nobes

Forum Administrator

Re: Requesting List of Indexes  

  By: Edwin Paul on March 21, 2018, 7:50 p.m.

Thank you very much Andy

This is quite useful