One of the most agonizing undertakings for any researcher is having to select a highly indexed journal with which to publish their research article. Whether a researcher is looking for a reputable journal to publish their article out of research interest or compulsion from their university, the struggle is endless. In either case, they should only shortlist the journals with the right impact factor to establish an academic identity in both research universities and higher education. So what is a good journal? Is it solely the impact factor that determines the reputation of a journal or is there other determining factors in judging a journal’s credibility as well?
The truth is, there are quite a lot of them. In addition to the impact factor, the credibility and relevance of journals can be examined through their indexing. Indexing a journal would imply that the journal has managed to get itself past the quality control measures as well as also the authenticity control measures put in place by the journal indexing database in which it has managed to get itself indexed and is successfully published every week to make a significant contribution to academia. Therefore, if a research paper is ready to publish an article where it has the highest visibility ratio, they need to take a look at some of the reliable and reputable journal index databases.
The purpose of indexes from journals such as SCI and SCIE is to educate researchers around the world on innovative ideas and research studies designed by experts at niche research universities. As these databases sustain ethical protocol and high standards of prominent journal publications, indexing in any of these databases is no easy undertaking for a journal.
So if a researcher doesn’t know where to publish their journal article, they should take a look at the various SCI and SCIE Journals to pick one. SCI and SCIE journals, however, both serve different purposes. This blog will offer insight on exactly what these differences are and how a researcher should go about choosing a journal (which is either SCI-indexed or SCIE-indexed) that’s best for them. The major differences between SCI and SCIE journals have been highlighted below.
SCI Journals Have Been Proven To Have Higher Citation Rates
According to bibliometric research carried out by Dirk Lunger and Rafael Ball, SCI journals have demonstrated higher citation rates in comparison to most other journals, even SCIE-indexed journals. The expanded scope of indexing journals from a wide range of subjects has resulted in reduced qualitative content, unlike SCI. SCI only indexes about a percentage of the total number of journals requesting indexing, as few journals can meet the strict journal selection criteria defined by SCI. The journal is chosen based on limited volumes that it produces annually or every six months without compromising its quality.
Therefore, novice researchers prefer SCI journals more when it comes to referencing and citing a dependable and trustworthy source of knowledge. Nevertheless, there are numerous good journals indexed by other databases such as SCIE based on a rigorous screening process, SCI journals win the citation rate race. Therefore, SCI journals may opt for print publication if one is to maintain higher citation prospects soon after publication. However, since a lot of journals aren’t published in SCI, SCIE continues to be a more desirable choice among other contenders in the market.
Differences In Importance Of Impact Factors
SCI-indexed journals have non-zero impact factors. To understand why some reviews don’t have an impact factor one needs to know what the impact factor is. The impact factor essentially denotes the average number of citations of current articles published in a given journal annually. Brand-new journals, which are usually indexed from their very earliest released issues, tend to obtain an impact factor just after a couple of years of being indexed; in which case, the citations of the year leading up to volume one and the number of articles publication lead up to volume one are known null values.
Most people prefer peer-reviewed journals to conference proceedings, as long as the former is not in the “predatory” category. Although some journals do not yet have an impact factor, they can be indexed by databases such as SCI and even SCOPUS Journals and ARDA journals. As such they are always reliable. The vast majority of conference proceedings aren’t peer-reviewed, and very few are even indexed. Therefore, these are not good leads to consider SCIE journals on the other hand are only ranked for impact factors.
More Comprehensive Curation Processes Are Followed For SCIE
Editorial choices are made by SCIE’s specialist team of editors, who have no connection with any research institute or publishing house. Using objectivity, selectivity and collection dynamics as basic principles of their selection process the SCIE team uses a single set of twenty-eight different criteria to assess the quality of a journal (twenty-four quality criteria) and its influence (four impact criteria). They are constantly evolving collections that are subjected to constant curation to help ensure that the journals continue to adhere to SCIE’s high editorial standards and are in the proper collection.
The impact standards that a journal is required to satisfy in addition to the previously stated quality criteria to be listed in the SCIE journal index are as follows
- Benchmarking Of Citations
This criterion relates to the number of citations that articles published in the journal receive and from which other journals.
- Author Citations Analysis
The author’s publication history should be consistent with the category and scope of the journal.
- Analysis Of Citations From Editorial Board Members
The publication history of editorial board members should be consistent with the category and scope of the journal.
- Importance Of Content
The content of the journal should be seen as interesting, important and valuable. These criteria are evaluated in sequence and journals that do not meet the first quality criteria are not subject to further evaluation cycles. However, reviews that pass the first rounds are then evaluated for their impact and can potentially be included in the SCIE database. This means that the SCIE is generally considered to contain better quality higher impact journals.
- End-To-End Indexing Is Unique To SCIE Journals
Every one of the journals that the SCIE team picks for incorporation into the Science Citation Index Expanded is the indexed cover to cover. For each article, the team captures all authors, all author affiliations, abstract and keywords (if provided by the author), funding acknowledgements, including agency and grant numbers (if provided) and all references cited.
- SCIE’s Search Mechanisms Spare No Effort
The power of the comprehensive citation search gives researchers access to the entire citation network of 1.18 billion citation connections cited in the Science Citation Index Expanded. Cited Reference Search makes it possible for researchers to trace how a concept, discovery or original work has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended or corrected and find anyone who cites their research around the world.
- Disparities In Storage Mediums & Capacities
The SCI (Science Citation Index) journal indexing database is a much smaller portion of the SCIE (Science Citation Index Expanded) journal indexing database containing journals that rank competitively among the most-cited core journals in their category. The Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) journal indexing database is in effect, the online version of what was previously a database solely available only on CD-Rom.
When selecting journals for the Science Citation Index, researchers choose the best journals from each subject category and complement them with the best regional journals from each category to provide broad geographic and multidisciplinary coverage. Check for more Upcoming Conferences from our conference portal, The examination and endorsement of a journal for the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) or the Science Citation Index (SCI) journal indexing databases are fundamentally identical with one significant difference.
This difference lies in the application of citation analysis to the journal. While each scientific journal in the database is covered by the Science Citation Index Expanded and only journals with a relatively higher citation impact are selected for the Science Citation Index. In other words, the Science Citation Index (SCI) journal indexing database only encompasses the most cited and high-impact journals in each category. It is because of CD-ROMs and print media constraints that there is no distinction in the selection process for Science Citation Index (SCI) journals and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) journals. If you have any queries to publish in SCIE and SCI journals contact us for more queries.