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
Those of you who use Web of Science for your research may be interested in the following developments:
- There will be changes in the way open access is flagged up to distinguish gold final versions from green ones. Also they will be marking hybrid open access papers as open access which has not been possible before.
- Web of Science are working in partnership with Impact Story and have bought Publons which allows peer reviewers to get credit for their work.
- Emerging Sources Index – this indexes journals which do not yet meet all the Web of Science standards but are still peer reviewed and meet certain standards. It is included in the core package from 2015 onwards. You will search it as part of the Web of Science core collection but it can be filtered out using the Web of Science Index filter at the left of the screen.
- The citation report has been redesigned to have a clearer graphic.
- There is now a chrome extension which will allow you to jump from a word in chrome to do a search in Web of Science.
- The marked list has been expanded to hold up to 50,000 records.
- Accessibility has been assessed and there are some features, such as fixed menus rather than drop downs which are designed to improve the user experience.
- Web of Science will start indexing early access articles provided they are peer reviewed and accepted so that information is available earlier. They will be labelled early access until the full article appears. Initially these articles will not be taken into account for Journal Citation Reports though this will be considered after 2018.
- There is now a company library guide for Web of Science with tutorials, guides, etc.