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Q&A: How can I get my journal indexed in a database?

Basically I don't know how I can get my journal indexed in data bases related to my field such as Master file, EBSCO, Scopus, Ulrich, Cooper nix, ERIC, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Proquest, etc.  How can I decide which indexing agency I have to choose?  I am working for a journal titled: Journal of Management and Research (JMR).

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To get your journal indexed in a database, you will first need to choose a suitable database. Here are a few things you need to consider when choosing a database:

  • Find out which databases index journals from your field.
  • Go through the information provided on the webpage of each database about how the database works
  • Understand the features the database provides: some databases only index abstracts, some index keywords, while some others also include citations in their indexing system.
  • Knowing how exactly your journal will be visible and accessible to the user will help you choose the right journal indexing database.

Once you have selected a database, you will have to submit a formal application to the database and provide relevant documents and evidence supporting its application. Once you submit the application, it will be reviewed by the database. If your journal meets all criteria, it will get indexed. If your journal does not meet the criteria required for indexing, you may need to introduce some changes in your journal workflow to make sure that your journal is eligible. Note that you can get your journal indexed in multiple databases for more visibility.

The following articles will provide you more detailed information about indexing: