Web of Science Core Collection

Editorial selection process

The robust evaluation and curation of our data make the Web of Science Core Collection™ the world’s most trusted publisher-independent global citation database.

Curated by an expert team of in-house editors, the Web of Science Core Collection is a trusted, high-quality, definitive database for journals, books, and conference proceedings. We are guided by the legacy of Dr Eugene Garfield, inventor of the world’s first citation index: we remain true to his principles of objectivity, selectivity and collection dynamics, but also adapt and respond to technological advances and changes in the publishing landscape.

A unique curation process

Publisher neutral

Our editorial decisions are conducted by our expert in-house editors who have no affiliations to publishers or research institutes – removing any potential bias or conflict of interest.

Category knowledge

Each editor is focused on specific subject categories, enabling them to gain a deep, nuanced knowledge of journals in that field.

In-house curation

Our rigorous process for the Web of Science Core Collection contrasts with that for other databases that rely on algorithmic approaches and/or delegating aspects of editorial decision-making to the research community.

The Web of Science Core Collection selection process

The basic principles of our selection process are objectivity, selectivity and collection dynamics. Our selection processes are designed to ensure that only trustworthy publications and reliable content are covered in our indexes.

Journals

We use a single set of 28 criteria to evaluate journals: 24 quality criteria designed to select for editorial rigor and best practice, and four impact criteria designed to select the most influential journals in their respective fields.

Books

We use a single set of 18 quality criteria designed to select for editorial rigor and best practice.

Conference Proceedings

We use a single set of 26 quality criteria designed to select for editorial rigor and best practice.

Editorial Policies, Category Change Requests, and Appeals Process

 

 

How to submit

Journals

To submit journals for evaluation, use the Web of Science Publisher Portal.

Please note: Only publishers are granted access to the Publisher Portal to submit journals for evaluation or track progress of evaluations. The Publisher Portal should only be used to submit evaluation requests for journals not currently indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection.

Books

To submit a book, please email us at:

clarivateeditorialbookrequests@clarivate.com

Please note: only publishers can submit books and enquire about evaluation status.

Conference Proceedings

To submit conference proceedings, please email us at:

tr.pubrelations-proceedings@clarivate.com

Please note: only publishers can submit conference proceedings and enquire about evaluation status.

Meet the team

Dr Nandita Quaderi, Editor-in-Chief and VP Editorial, Web of Science

London 

Nandita leads the Web of Science™ editorial team. She has overall responsibility for setting editorial strategy and for the policy and practices governing the selection process for the Web of Science.

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Marie McVeigh, Head of Editorial Integrity, Web of Science

Philadelphia 

Marie ensures the selection and curation of Web of Science content is completed rigorously and consistently; by day, she investigates ethical questions on content, publishing and citation metrics. By night, she is a Citation Ninja.

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Anna Treadway, Executive Editor, Web of Science

London

Anna’s responsibilities include management of the Web of Science Editors to define best practice, implement standard operating procedures and to promote unity across the global editorial team.

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Esheeta Mangalpara, Deputy Executive Editor, Web of Science

London

Esheeta’s responsibilities include management of the Web of Science editors to ensure consistent application of editorial policies, as well as managing workloads and priorities across the global editorial team.

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Aina Borras, Head of Editorial Systems, Web of Science

Barcelona

Aina leads the effort to define the internal technology platforms needed to support Web of Science editors to make objective, data-driven decisions and work as efficiently as possible

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Dr Mireia Guardingo, Head of Editorial Outreach, Web of Science

Barcelona

Mireia is responsible for ensuring our editorial policies, selection process and evaluation criteria are clearly understood.

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Matt Rice, Editorial Manager, Books & Conference Proceedings, Web of Science

Philadelphia

Matt leads the Web of Science book and conference proceedings selection team, developing policy and workflows to ensure consistent and efficient content selection.

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Editorial Disclaimer

As an independent organization, Clarivate does not become involved in and is not responsible for the editorial management of any journal or the business practices of any publisher. Publishers are accountable for their journal performance and compliance with ethical publishing standards. The views and opinions expressed in any journal are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Clarivate. Clarivate remains neutral in relation to territorial disputes, and allows journals, publishers, institutes and authors to specify their address and affiliation details including territory.

Criteria for selection of newly submitted titles and re-evaluation of existing titles in the Web of Science are determined by the Web of Science Editors in their sole discretion. If a publisher’s editorial policy or business practices negatively impact the quality of a journal, or its role in the surrounding literature of the subject, the Web of Science Editors may decline to include the journal in any Clarivate product or service. The Web of Science Editors, in their sole discretion, may remove titles from coverage at any point if the titles fail to maintain our standard of quality, do not comply with ethical standards, or otherwise do not meet the criteria determined by the Web of Science Editors. If a journal is deselected or removed from coverage, the journal will cease to be indexed in the Web of Science from a date determined by the Web of Science Editors in their sole discretion – articles published after that date will not be indexed. The Web of Science Editors’ decision on all matters relating to journal coverage will be final.