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How to Identify ISI, Scopus, or Scimago Indexed journals?

When you wish to submit your research article in a journal. you have to select the target journal for your research area as well as the journal must be indexed in any of the major abstract indexing databases such as ISI, Scopus, SCI, SCI-E, or ESCI. But identifying a targeted journal with good journal citation report is not that easy. In this article, Eduindex News provides answers to frequently asked questions about journal selection. Also, this article discusses the difference between an SCI, SCIE and SCImago journals.

How to check a journal indexed in an ISI indexing database?

To check the journal, whether it indexed in ISI Web of Science database or not, do the following steps.
  1. Type the URL in your address bar : http://mjl.clarivate.com/
    It will direct into Clarivate Analytics Master Journal List search pageHow to Identify SCI Indexed journals
  2. Enter the targeted journal name in the search item field
    How to Identify SCI Indexed journals1
  3. Then in the next step, select the search Type
    Whether you have given a Title word, full Journal name, or ISSN number in the search terms.How to Identify SCI Indexed journals
  4. In the next step, select the database you want a check for indexing
    You can give a particular database or else you can select the master journal list to find overall coverage of the targeted journal.How to Identify SCI Indexed journals2
  5. Finally, you will get the detail about the journal with all database coverage
    Here you can see that the given journal is indexed in the Science Citation Index.How to Identify SCI Indexed journals2

How to Identify Scopus Indexed Journals?

Scopus is the number one abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed journals which contains more than 70 Million items like scientific articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, lecture notes, and books. It is very simple to check whether the target journal is indexed in the Scopus database or not.
In order to verify the targeted journal is indexed in the scops or not, we have to do the following steps.
  1. Type the URL in your address bar:
    www.scopus.com/sources
    It will direct into Browse sources on Scopus.com – Journal List search pagehow to identify scopus indexed journals
  2. Select the Title, Publisher, or ISSN number of the targeted journal to find scoups indexing
    how to identify scopus indexed journals
  3. Give the targeted journal name in the Title field.
    After given the title of the journal click find sources button.how to identify scopus indexed journals
  4. Finally, you will get the detail about the journal with all database coverage
    Here you can see that the given journal “Nature Reviews Genetics” is indexed in the Scopus database. Also, you will get a Scopus impact factor and journal citation reports for the last five years.how to identify scopus indexed journals

How to Identify Scimago Ranked journals?

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a public site to identify scientific rankings of the journals and country. SCImango Rankings are used to analyse a good quality journal to publish. Also, This ranking system is powered by Scopus.
To check the journal, whether it indexed in the Scimago database or not, do the following steps.
  1. To check if your target journal is indexed in Scimago please go to
    scimagojr
    It will direct into Scimago Journal & Country Rank search pageHow to Identify Scimago Ranked journal1
  2. Enter the targeted journal name in the search item field Then click the search button
    You can give Title word, Full Journal name, or ISSN number in the search bar.How to Identify Scimago Ranked journal2
  3. In the next step, select the name of the journal as a result from
    Scimago ranking result.
    It will direct you into the ranking page.
  4. Finally, you will get the detail about the journal with all the details of the Scimago database ranking result.
    Here you can see that the given journal “Nature Reviews Genetics” ranked in the Scimago Journals.How to Identify Scimago Ranked journal3

What is the difference between an SCI, SCIE and SCImago journal?

There is a lot of confusions among researchers when it comes to scientific indexing from different databases. Let’s find the difference between an SCI, SCIE and SCImago journal.

The Science Citation Index (SCI)

SCI: The Science Citation Index (SCI) is a citation index originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and created by Eugene Garfield.
SCI was officially launched in 1964. It is now owned by Thomson Reuters. SCI The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database (Elsevier).
These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. The larger version (Science Citation Index Expanded) covers more than 6,500 notable and significant journals, across 150 disciplines, from 1900 to the present.
These are alternately described as the world’s leading journals of science and technology, because of a rigorous selection process.

The Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)

SCIE: The Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) is a bibliographic database originally created by Eugene Garfield, produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), and now owned by Thomson Reuters (TR). The company that releases the journal impact factor every year.

SCImago Journals

SCImago Journal: This platform takes its name from the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator, developed by SCImago from the widely known algorithm Google PageRank. This indicator shows the visibility of the journals contained in the Scopus database from 1996. This index is based on SCOPUS database which has much wider indexed journals compared to ISI.
Hope, This article helps you to identify ISI, Scopus, or Scimago Indexed journals also know the difference between them.