Checklist for Journal Self-Evaluation for Eligibility to be Indexed


Checklist for Journal Self-Evaluation for Eligibility to Be Indexed in the Social Science Citation Index or Science Citation Index Expanded)


1             The journal has been published regularly for at least three issues (online-only journals have been publishing continuously for at least 9 months with at least one article a month, and at least 20 articles per year).  

2             The peer-review system is concrete to guarantee scientific integrity.     

3             The period from submission to publication is less than 1 year.   

4             The proportion of articles written by editorial board members as corresponding authors is less than 0.40.           

5             The proportion of articles in one issue written by the same author is less than 0.30.       

6             The proportion of the non-citable articles is less than 0.20.         

7             The references are formatted exactly as stipulated in the instructions to authors.           

8             The proportion of research articles supported by research funds is at least 0.10.              

9             The journal meets research and publication ethical standards.  

10           The self-citation rate is less than 0.25.   

11           Journal title, article title, author, address, abstract, and bibliographic information are fully descriptive.

12           The language in which the journal is published is English.            

13           The aims and scope are unique compared to other SCIE (or SSCI) journals, indicating that the journal would enrich the database. Moreover, the aims and scope are precisely stated in no more than 150 words.    

14           The number of authors’ countries over the most recent years’ issues is at least 10, and the proportion of articles of which the authors are from a single county is less than 0.50. 

15           The editorial board members and consultants are from at least 15 countries.    

16           The total number of total citations is more than twice of the number of citable articles published in given year.

17           The manually calculated impact factor of the Web of Science Core Collection corresponds to at least 30% of the Journal Citation Ranking (JCR) in the specific category. 

18           The citation histories of authors and editorial board members are sufficient to attract established scholars.       

19           Electronic formats (XML and PDF) are compatible with digital standards.             

20           The aims and scope, editorial board, archives, instructions to authors, and contact information are stated on the journal’s website.   

21           A digital object identifier (DOI) is provided for each article.         

22           Journal title, year of publication, volume, and/or issue number, article title, and author names and addresses are stated on the journal’s website.