Procedures for processing new submissions

New scientific publication channels can be submitted continuously.

The submissions may only come from scholars affiliated with universities and other independent research organizations. Journal editors, librarians and members of scholarly associations may submit if they meet this general requirement. Submissions from commercial publishers will not be considered.

Proposals are submitted online, and it is a prerequisite that a user account is created. The submission of a new publication channel must contain the following information:

The proposer is responsible for providing adequate information when submitting a new publication channel for consideration. If the information provided is not sufficient, the submission will not be considered.

All submissions are treated in a standardised way. NSD verifies that the information provided is correct and that the criteria for inclusion are met. For journals, series or conference proceedings, NSD first examines whether the ISSN provided is confirmed by the international ISSN register, which is a condition for approval. When considering a publisher, NSD examines whether the provided ISBN prefix is used by the publisher in its list of scientific publications.

Next, the publication channel is evaluated against other criteria. This is done by examining the documentation provided with the submission. Here, NSD verifies whether the documentation meets the criteria for inclusion. The editor or the editorial board may in some cases be contacted if the information proves insufficient.

NSD also conducts a search for additional information about the publication channel through diverse sources, e.g. research indexes.

All submissions are guaranteed a response from NSD regardless of the outcome of the evaluation process. All registered users can track their own submissions and follow the outcome. NSD keeps a complete record and contact information for those who have proposed each publication channel.

Difficult cases labelled as «special cases» may require special attention. The Working Committee of the National Publication Committee will discuss and make decisions in those cases.