Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index

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Since launching the Emerging Sources Citation Index in 2015 we have added over 7,800 titles, with backfiles dating back to 2005. Journals included in the Emerging Sources Citation Index cover all disciplines and range from international and broad scope publications to those that provide deeper regional or specialty area coverage.

More than 3 million records and 74.4 million cited references date back from 2005 to present.

Part of the Web of Science Core Collection, Emerging Sources Citation Index contains quality publications, selected by our expert in-house editors for editorial rigor and best practice at a journal level.

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    74.4 million cited references dating back to 1900
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    3 million total records
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    1.16 million total Open Access records
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    7,800+ unique global journals
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    254 disciplines

Why use the Emerging Sources 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 Emerging Sources 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 74.4 million cited reference connections in the Emerging Sources 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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