Publication in an Indexed Journal: What does it mean?


What is  Journal Indexing?

  • Search engine optimization (SEO) is needed to let our website, blog or company website to be seen on the search engine (EG: Google, Bing or Yahoo) result page. Journal indexing has a similar concept and idea on the journal article.
  • Journal must increase their visibility, availability and readership
  • One of the ways is by which journals can achieve this is by getting their publication indexed by one or more leading databases.
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Image Credit: PixaBay

Why is Journal Indexing Essential?

  • it will increase it’s the accessibility to a wider audience
  • Being accessible in turn will improve your journal’s reputation as a reliable source of high-quality information in your field
  • Database research / deep web search the first activity researchers /Ph.D. students will undergo.
  • Being indexed in a known database in your field will help increase your journal’s readership


How does Journal Indexing Work?

  • Once a journal is indexed by a database, it is immediately made available to all users of that database
  • Some databases index titles, some index full articles while some others index only the abstract and/ or references. Web of science and Scopus only give you the title, volume, issues and abstract. They do not provide the full-text pdf. ScienceDirect is like Lazada or Shopee. Science direct let users download. Web of science and Scopus provide the researcher with some basic idea.
  • There are several abstracting and indexing services available today
  • Some are affiliated with institutions while some are provided by publishers.
  • The name of databases can be accessed by the Science Citation Index (SCI)/ Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)/ Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
Image Credir: Clarivate Analytics
Image Credit: Clarivate Analytics

Emerging Sources citation index (ESCI) by Web of science

  • The new index within the web of science core collection
  • 3000 journals currently indexed
  • Growing to 5,000 journals over the next year
  • Journal acceptance rate of 63%
  • to view master journal list
  • Same features set and indexing standards as other core collection editions
  • Full cover to cover indexing of all content
  • Not in JCR (ESCI journals do not receive impact factors)
  • No quality journals

Journal Metrics (Citation Impact)

Journal MetricsPublisherFormula
ElgenfactorWeb of Science
Article influence (AI)Web of Science
Outputs in top percentiles
Journal Impact Factor (IF)Web of Science2016 impact factor = 2016 citations to 2014 and 2015 content / total # citable items published in 2014 and 2015
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR)SCOPUSnumber of citations in a year / the total of articles published during the 3 years before.
Journal Source Normalised Citation Impact (SNIP)SCOPUSthe number of citations given in the present year to publications in the past three years / the total number of publications in the past three years
CitescoreSCOPUScitescore 2015 = citation received in 2015 for the documents published in 2012, 2013 and 2014 / sum of documents published in the title in 2012, 2013 or 2014 (all document types are included except articles pending)
H-index (Author profiler)

Does the Journal have Impact Factors?

  1. visit Master Journal List –
  2. Search the journal name. If the coverage is SCI / SCIE / SSCI, these journals will be calculated in impact factors.
Image Credit: Master Journal List
Image Credit: Master Journal List


How to Check Journal  Metrics from Scopus?

Image Credit: Scopus
Image Credit: Scopus

What is Malaysia Research Assessment Instrument (MyRA)?

It is a comprehensive system developed to assess the research capacity and performance of all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia.   Under the policy of MyRA, there are two important journals “search engine “:

MYRA- Malaysia Research Assessment

  • Quantity and quality of research (30%)
  • Networks and linkage (5%)
  • Support services (8%)
  • Professional service and endowment (7%)
  • Innovation (10%)
  • Quantity and quality of postgraduate (40%)
  • Quantity and quality of researchers (25%)
Image Credit: UTM

The talk was is given by  Associate Prof. Dr. Norhazilan Md Noor

  • Assistant Dean (Continuing & transnational education)
  • Reliability engineering & safety assessment research group (RESA)
  • School of civil engineering, Faculty of Engineering – UTM JB

The talk was conducted on 1 May 2019 at University Technology Malaysia (UTM)


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