Posted by: bluesyemre | February 1, 2013

Are Our Databases Letting Us Down? A Case Study by Bruce White

I had become aware some time ago that at least one very questionable journal was being indexed by the Scopus database so I cross-checked the 123 titles on the list to see whether any of them had made it to Scopus. The answer was that 11 of them had! I then checked the (Elsevier) Sciverse website to see what their criteria and standards were for inclusion of journals in Scopus – you can read them here – where the following are listed as minimum criteria –

  • The title should have peer-reviewed content
  • The title should be published on a regular basis (have a ISSN number that has been registered with the International ISSN Centre)
  • The content should be relevant and readable for an international audience (for example have references in Roman script and English language abstracts and titles)
  • The title should have a publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

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