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.
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.
Each editor is focused on specific subject categories, enabling them to gain a deep, nuanced knowledge of journals in that field.
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.
These dynamic collections undergo continuous curation to remove low-quality journals and ensure that journals are in the most appropriate collection.
Further information can be found in the journal selection process below.
The basic principles of our selection process are objectivity, selectivity and collection dynamics.
We use a single set of 28 criteria to evaluate journals. These are divided into:
24 quality criteria
Designed to select for editorial rigor and best practice at the journal level.
4 impact criteria
Designed to select the most influential journals in their respective fields using citation activity as a primary indicator of impact.
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Find out more about our selection process and evaluation criteria.
To pass our initial triage stage, you will need to provide the following information:
Only publishers of the journal can submit for evaluation and enquire about evaluation status.
Before submitting, please:
Please note: only publishers of the book can enquire about evaluation status.
To submit a book, please email us at:
To submit a conference proceeding, please email us at:
Dr Nandita Quaderi, Editor-in-Chief, Web of Science
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.
Marie McVeigh, Head of Editorial Integrity, Web of Science
Marie ensures the selection and curation of Web of Science content is completed rigorously and consistently; she investigates ethical questions on content, publishing and citation metrics by day, by night, she is a Citation Ninja.
Anna Treadway, Executive Editor, Web of Science
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.
Mariana Boletta, Deputy Executive Editor, Web of Science
Mariana’s responsibilities include management of the Web of Science editors to ensure consistent application of editorial policies, as well as training of new and current editors to support their ability in applying the evolving editorial workflow.
Aina Borras, Senior Editor, Bibliometrics & Data Visualisation, Web of Science
Aina is leading the effort to define the internal technology platforms needed to support Web of Science editors make objective, data-driven decisions and work as efficiently as possible.
Learn about our journal evaluation and selection process by reading our guides.
Find out more about the Web of Science Core Collection