How does a scientific journal get into Scopus and Web of Science?

Many editors ask: “What are the necessary steps to take in order to be in the treasured Scopus and Web of Science?”. Therefore, we give practical recommendations that will help answer this question:

  1. Read the recommendations in Scopus and Web of Science.

These scientometric databases are ready to contribute in every possible way to conscientious scientific publications and offer a number of tips and recommendations. Therefore, after reading the sections “Frequently Asked Questions” and “The process of selecting magazines” on their sites – much becomes clear. The “Support” section contains comprehensive information on any issue arising from the editorial board.

  1. Get acquainted with the work of colleagues.

To obtain additional knowledge, you must carefully study the leading foreign publications of your profile, which are successfully indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. All of them have certain standards for the design of scientific articles that correspond to the international level, frequency, composition of the editorial board, archive with published articles. The more publications will be studied, the better, it is recommended to consider magazines of different ratings and geographical locations.

  1. To analyze the work of their own publication.

You should critically evaluate your journal in terms of its science-intensiveness, whether it will be able to bring new scientific data to those industries that are represented by other journals included in the scientometric citation databases of Scopus and Web of Science. In most cases, it is necessary to adjust the name of the journal, the purpose and scope of its scientific activity, and revise the problems. To enter international citation databases, journals publishing articles in the field of technical scientific knowledge, natural and social sciences have an advantage. Humanitarian magazines are extremely difficult to get into Scopus.

  1. Convert the magazine.

First of all, it is necessary to increase the requirements for the design of scientific materials, and carefully check the manuscripts for plagiarism. The release of new numbers should be strictly regulated and carried out according to a schedule, for example, 1 number per quarter. The editorial board is required to determine the optimal number of publications in the issue, as world practice shows – it is better to increase the number of pages in the article and reduce the number of printed materials. When choosing the language of the magazine – stop in English as the main one. It is necessary to translate the cover of the publication, the title page and contents into English, verify the correct translation of the abstracts of the article and the articles themselves, and give priority to articles in English and foreign authors. It is not unimportant to attract foreign experts to the editorial board who successfully publish in journals indexed in Scopus or WoS.

  1. Convert the site.

A well-designed website is a component of a successful entry into Scopus or WoS, it is a source of scientific information for users, authors, reviewers and international experts who have to analyze the work of the publication. The site must have a full English version with a professional translation of all the necessary data. The technical direction of improving the site involves the use of Open Journal Systems – a platform that was developed specifically for leading scientific journals. Information direction – the availability of the necessary information material on the site: the purpose and direction of the journal, reviewing and publishing articles, quality control system, anti-plagiarism, ethics, confidentiality, conflict of interest, open access, licensing, copyright, archive, payment for publication, subscription, business -model, information about the publisher / owner / manager, advertising policy. Each of the blocks should have its own page or link on this site and not copy information from sites of other magazines. Despite the fact that these blocks are standard, all material must be subject to high-quality rewrite.

  1. Report a magazine.

To implement this item, it is necessary to submit applications to 2 databases – Ulrichsweb (the registration database, which is used by scientometric databases to collect information about the journal, registration is quite simple) and DOAJ (the database of scientific journals with open access). The DOAJ database serves as a source of publication information for Scopus and WoS experts, and is also considered the first step towards indexing in international citation databases. Registering on this resource is more difficult, it is necessary to fulfill certain requirements, which are possible for an open-policy journal. It is also necessary to select and submit applications to abstract databases, electronic libraries, catalogs and repositories, as well as search platforms. Such an integrated approach makes it possible to comprehensively express themselves.

  1. Submit an application to the international scientometric base.

After the work done, which is described in paragraphs 1-6, it is necessary to publish the journal according to the schedule, all the actions of the editorial board should be transparent and the policy of an open bona fide journal should not violate to be violated. In this mode, you need to work for several years. After which you can apply for registration, the application process is quite simple and requires only filling out a form in English (it includes information about the journal). The term for consideration of an application from the publisher is on average up to 1 year. It should be remembered that the publisher is committed to producing a quality magazine that meets all international criteria. In case of violation of the rules, you can lose your registration, and the period of the embargo on the filing of a repeated application is from 1 to 5 years.

Additional information on the development of the scientific journal can be found on the website: //openscience.in.ua/useful