Web of Science: Arts & Humanities Citation Index

Discover the world’s most influential arts & humanities journals with Arts & Humanities Citation Index

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Arts & Humanities Citation Index contains over 1,800 journals across 28 arts & humanities disciplines. More than 4.9 million records and 33.4 million cited references date back from 1975 to present.

Our expert in-house editors use a single set of 28 criteria throughout the journal selection and curation process. Divided into 24 ‘quality’ criteria and four ‘impact’ criteria, our editors select the most influential journals in their respective fields (using citation activity as the primary indicator of impact) for the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

Compared to the clinical, natural and social sciences, the arts & humanities may differ significantly regarding the type of content that is considered to be of scholarly importance, norms for reviewing content, and citation behaviour. The Web of Science editors give these differences due consideration when reviewing journals in these subjects for Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

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    33.4 million cited references dating back to 1900
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    4.9 million total records
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    117K+ total Open Access records
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    1,800+ unique global journals
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    28 disciplines

Why use the Arts & Humanities Citation Index?

Our process of curation is unique

Editorial decisions are conducted by our expert in-house editors, who have no affiliations to publishing houses or research institutes. Using objectivity, selectivity, and collection dynamics as the basic principles of our selection process, we use a single set of 28 criteria to evaluate a journal’s quality (24 quality criteria) and influence (4 impact criteria). These are dynamic collections, subject to continuous curation, to ensure journals continue to meet our editorial standards and are in the appropriate collection.

Cover-to-cover indexing

All the journals that we select for inclusion in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index are indexed cover-to-cover. For each paper, we capture all the authors, all the author affiliations, the abstract and key words (if provided by the author), funding acknowledgements, including agency and grant numbers (if provided), and all the cited references.

True Cited Reference Searching

True cited reference searching lets you find anything that has ever been cited from the 33.4 million cited reference connections in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Cited reference searching lets you track how any idea, innovation, or creative work has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected, and discover anyone who is citing your research worldwide.

Why Web of Science data?

Web of Science Core Collection content is uniquely selective and our indexing is uniquely consistent. Our independent and thorough editorial process ensures journal quality, while over fifty years of consistent, accurate, and complete indexing has created an unparalleled data structure. Every article and all cited references from every journal have been indexed, creating the most comprehensive and complete citation network to power both confident discovery and trusted assessment.

Only the Web of Science Core Collection indexes every piece of content cover-to-cover, creating a complete and certain view of over 115 years of the highest quality research.

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