My target journal says SCI indexed. What does it mean?
For researchers, it is an achievement to publish scientific journal articles in indexed journals. It ensures that all subscribers to that journal will read and cite your article. With so many journals available, the subscriber base of a particular journal may not be very high. Some researchers may want to find out about the topic of your article later or they may not currently have subscriptions to indexed journals. Indexing and abstracting services are important to the prestige of the journal. Indexing can increase the number of citations of a journal article. More citations can increase the impact factor and the score in Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The reputation of a journal is established in the JCR. According to the discipline of the journal, the Thomson Reuter citation index varies. SCI indexing refers to Science Citation Index. The Science Citation Index (SCI) is a citation index originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). These are alternatively described as the world’s leading journals of science and technology, because of a rigorous selection process. The index is made available online through different platforms, such as the Web of Science and SciSearch. The other such indexes include:
- SCIE: Science Citation Index Extended (Thomson Reuters or ISI)
- SSCI: Social Science Citation Index (Thomson Reuters or ISI)
- A&HCI: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Thomson Reuters or ISI)
- EI: Engineering Index or Compendex (Elsevier)
The list of those journals indexed under each is available in their respective sites or just by searching their search engines. These databases allow a researcher to identify which later articles have cited any particular earlier article, or have cited the articles of any particular author, or have been cited most frequently.
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