Emerging Sources Citation Index

We now have an additional database available via Web of Science – Emerging Sources Citation Index.


This database is for new and emerging journals which haven’t yet been accepted into the full citation indexes. It expands the range of journals in Web of Science and picks up quite a lot of new open access journals, independent publishers and scholarly societies plus journals with irregular publication patterns.

Journals accepted for ESCI have to be peer reviewed, follow ethical publishing practices, meet technical requirements and be recommended by Web of Science users as for the other indexes. All journals now submitted to WOS will be considered for this index initially while they are undergoing a full evaluation. If a journal is accepted for one of the other citation indexes it will move out of ESCI so that there is no duplication.

ESCI journals will not be assessed for an impact factor though the citations in these journals will contribute to the impact factors of others.

This database should add some depth to sources available for new and emerging fields of study so is a useful addition to Web of Science. Of course, if you prefer to keep to the traditional citation indexes you can simply deselect it in the More settings section of the initial screen.

List of journals covered 


Keep up to date with Browzine


Browzine allows you to browse many of the journals subscribed to by Swansea University in one single easy platform. You can access it online at http://browzine.com/libraries/242/subjects or you can download an app to use it on your mobile device.

When you go into Browzine you can choose to search for a journal or browse titles for your subject. If you sign up for an account you can set up bookshelves of the journals you want to keep up with so that you can access them quickly. This will sync across your mobile devices as well so could be useful for reading on the train! You will receive an email when new content is added to your chosen journals.

When browsing a title you can expand an article to see the options below. You should be able to click through to full text for most titles if you find an article you are interested in.

Browzine image

You can bookmark articles you have found useful which you will be able to access through My Articles or export citations to reference managers like EndNote and Mendeley.

Browzine isn’t the best tool for searching for articles on a particular subject but it is a handy way to keep up with the latest articles. Give it a try and see if it works for you.

Tips for using Scopus: compare journals in your field

We ran a fully-booked session on “Getting Published” for Postgraduates this week in the library. One of the topics we looked at was finding the journals in your subject that have the biggest impact factor. The “Impact Factor” of a journal is a metric developed and owned by Thomson Reuters. Swansea University staff and students can use their Journal Citation Reports database for Social Sciences or Science to find the “Impact Factor” and other rankings for journals.

Scopus has its own alternative metric for assessing journal impact and ranking called the SJR (Scimago Journal Rank). This can be queried on the Scimago website (freely available) or from within the Scopus database. Some journals are ranked using this metric that do not appear on the Journal Citation Reports, in particular more recent journals as JCR requires three years of citation data before a journal can be ranked.

From within Scopus, click “Analytics” on the blue menu bar.

Search for a journal e.g. “Welsh History Review”. You can then drag and drop the journal title into the right-hand area to view line charts or tables for that journal. Search for more journals (e.g. “English Historical Review”) and add them to compare citation patterns. Use the slider tool below the chart to restrict to more recent years. Citation patterns are not usually comparable across subject areas – there is a drop-down list of subject areas below the search box if you wish to restrict the journals you are viewing.

To view all journals within a subject area by ranking, the Scimago website has a handy Journal Rankings facility.

Tips for using Scopus: finding the most significant articles on a topic

Swansea University library has a subscription to the SCOPUS database, a vast multidisciplinary index of academic materials. The database is straightforward to use for a search and will hopefully retrieve a substantial set of results for your topic. However, if you wish to identify which are the most influential articles for your topic, you can use the “Sort By” drop-down box to re-order your results and display the most-cited articles first:
When you have selected to view details of a particular article in SCOPUS, you can then click through to see details of all the articles that cite it:
Screenshot of Scopus showing option to view citations
There is then a further option to analyze this citation data:
Scopus screenshot showing Analyze Results

You can then view the citation patterns according to these criteria:

  • Year: see the pattern of citations over time
  • Source: see which journal titles it was cited in
  • Author: see which authors cited the article the most
  • Affiliation name: see which institutions cited the article the most
  • Country
  • Document Type e.g. article, conference paper etc.
  • Subject area
You can also export the citation data as a .csv file (suitable for use in Excel): the export file will only contain the data for the specific criteria you are viewing (e.g. Year).


For more information, see our Guide to Scopus for Researchers (PDF) and a general guide to using Scopus (PDF).

New e-Resource now available – SCOPUS database

Swansea University Library now has a subscription to SCOPUS.

SCOPUS is the largest abstract and citation database of both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With nearly 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide, SCOPUS offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in a wide variety of subjects including science, engineering, medicine, health and life sciences, arts and humanities, social sciences, psychology, and economics.

If you are a researcher you can…

  • …find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received.
  • …use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest.
  • …uncover important and relevant articles for your topic.

Take a look at these online tutorials to see how SCOPUS can help your research.

Available both on and off campus, you can access SCOPUS using this link to iFind Discover, the library catalogue and click on the Access this resource link (Athens username and password required)

If you need any further help using this new resource please contact your subject librarians