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Abstracting and Indexing

There is a couple of interdisciplinary abstract and indexing services, for example those from Thomson Reuters or Elsevier are SCOPUS and substantial number of discipline particular indexing services. Herald works with practically every Abstract and Indexing service, through a dedicated department and in close collaboration with our publishing editors. We update Abstract and Indexing services about new journals, journal title changes or publisher changes. We support this service by giving electronic metadata for faster and more accurate indexing. Metadata incorporate the article data (journal, volume, page, titles, authors, abstracts) as well as reference records.

  • Assuming that you are an author and intend to know in which Abstract and Indexing services, a journal is incorporated; basically scan the journal’s homepage to uncover a complete list.

Journal Selection Process

Thomson Reuters Web of Science: We send provision for assessment to Thomson Reuters when we want to have a journal assessed for their databases. Thomson Reuters assesses the journal by looking at the journal issues for 1–1 ½ years. They assess the articles for scientific content; publication quality (exact reference records, clear figures, etc). The two most essential criteria for selection are convenience of publication and number of citations.

PubMed/Medline: With a specific end goal to be incorporated in Medline, a journal needs to experience an audit by the NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee. The most significant criteria are pertinence to human health analysts and other professionals. The reviews are led three times every year in February, June and October.

Other Abstract and Indexing Services: The procedure for getting accepted by the different Abstract and Indexing services contrasts. Most of the discipline, in particular, these services just checks if the subject area of the journal fits in their scope. Assuming that it does, they will incorporate the journal, others have a more unpredictable review process. Several of the commercial services take business contemplations, since they pay for the information they index. If you have inferences, please send the journal title and Abstract and Indexing service to Herald's Abstract and Indexing team. We will contact the Abstract and Indexing administration and work with them to have the journal included.

Incorrect Data in Abstract and Indexing Services

Assuming that the data about an article in an Abstract and Indexing administration is incorrect, please brief the Herald Abstract and Indexing Department. We will contact the Abstract and Indexing administration to have the information corrected. Contingent upon the administration, rectifications can take up to several months. Assuming that the data on Herald is inaccurate, we will correct it as quickly as time permits. For many Abstract and Indexing services it takes 4-6 weeks, once in a while longer, to include articles. If your article was published more than two months prior in the final printed issue (or final electronic issue), please inform the Herald Abstract and Indexing Department. We will work with the Abstract and Indexing service to have the article included.

Consistence with Open Access Archiving Mandates

The NIH mandate applies to all articles published in 2008 or later that are supported by the NIH. With a specific end goal to support our authors, we have voluntarily given a free administration to our authors in which they can request the deposition of NIH grant supported articles in PubMed Central. Articles that are not subsidized by the NIH cannot be uploaded to PubMed Central, until they are made open access via Herald's Open Choice.