Whether you’re a forthcoming author, active researcher, up-and-coming Managing Editor, or an established Editor-in-Chief, it’s valuable to fully realize that remaining vigilant about how your content may be perceived by prestigious indices is crucial for any publication to become successful. In order to gain the reputation as an authoritative and trustworthy information resource, editors must constantly strive to boost their publication’s visibility. Aside from effective marketing, the best way to yield these desired results is by being recognized in scholarly databases and indices.
Going through the process of becoming indexed by reputable lists will help your publication gain a broader readership. Consequently, prominent indices will continue to add your publication(s) to their repositories; researchers will gradually distinguish and associate quality substance with your name or your publication(s)—or both—more frequently. This process leads to achieving your unending goal as a scholar: disseminating content that’s widely cited and shared.
A Background Behind Indexing
The most prestigious indices are highly selective, so as such, the process takes much longer than many authors and editors originally think. Typically, publishers are dedicated to continuously submitting their acquired publications to relevant indices, focusing on helping authors and editors with developing quality content to ensure that, as an inaugurated publication, material is submitted timely for consideration.
Yet, content that fails to meet the necessary requirements and criteria set forth by indexing and abstracting services won’t even be considered. So, acceptance into any index is contingent on carefully prepared content. Below are the key guidelines to follow, provided by our partnering publisher, IGI Global:
The Prominent Indices
With no index necessarily recommended before another, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top indexing and abstracting services in scholarly publishing. Learn them, research them, and dependent on your area of study, strive to be included in them:
Using Your Knowledge
Remember, once a publication is indexed by a database, its readership and accessibility increase enormously. Some of these online repositories only index titles and abstracts, while many are comprised of full-length articles. Irrespectively, now that you know some of the basics behind the indexing of academic publications, you can elevate your next article, journal issue, chapter, or book to a new level—with a new mission.
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