Academic Journal Indexing: Overview, Requirements, Tips


Posted September 11, 2020


While it’s highly beneficial for publishers to have their publications accessible and discoverable on the internet and academic search databases such as Google, Google Scholar, Scopus, and the likes, sometimes it requires additional effort if you want to increase the reach of your academic content.

Getting your paper indexed in Abstracting and Indexing databases – or A&Is – is of the essence if you aspire to build a strong reputation and make your publications more discoverable online. Even more so as it’s one of the most widely used methods of searching for articles among the researchers’ community.

It may seem like a daunting task at first, considering that each index database maintains different inclusion standards, policies, and requirements. However, once you’re familiar with these nuances and start applying to indexes that match your journal’s scope, you will succeed.

In order for you to better understand the process of getting included in A&Is and to come up with your individual indexing strategy, we’ve prepared this list with basic indexing standards and requirements for journals. Hopefully, this will shed some light on how indexing works and will help you get started.

To Get Your Journal Indexed:

What else is recommended in addition to having your articles indexed?

Apart from complying with the basic indexing standards and some specific requirements that vary in each index, you should also make sure your journal’s publishing platform has link sharing functionalities that enable you to display the URLs of indexes featuring your publications.

PubliMill journal publishing platform provides publishers with a virtual environment that is linkable to databases where their publications were indexed in. This way, your audiences can easily discover, access, and share your content on the internet.

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