The European Science Foundation (ESF) signed in January 2014 a memorandum of understanding with the NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data to transfer the maintenance and operations of the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) to NSD. The ERIH database operated by NSD is called ERIH PLUS.


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Criteria for inclusion of new journals

To be included in ERIH PLUS, journals must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Explicit procedures for external peer review
  2. Academic editorial board, with members affiliated with universities or other independent research organizations
  3. Valid ISSN code, confirmed by the international ISSN register
  4. All original articles should be accompanied by abstracts in English and/or another international language relevant for the field
  5. Information on author affiliations and addresses
  6. No more than two thirds of the authors published in the journal are from the same institution

See also approval procedures.

Latest news

ERIH PLUS revision completed

2017-09-06: Between 2015 and 2017 all journals transferred from ERIH to ERIH PLUS were revised against the new ERIH PLUS criteria. The aim of the revision was to ensure that all indexed journals follow the ERIH PLUS standard. The revision process was completed on August 31, 2017. All journals not complying with the ERIH PLUS criteria by this date are no longer indexed. However, the outcome of the revision is not final. ERIH PLUS maintains records of these journals, and they may request a re-evaluation on basis of new documentation indicating compliance with the criteria.  Read more.

Fake academia

2017-03-29: A seminar addressing predatory journals and fake news. See announcement at Bergen Resource Centre for International Development and Centre on Law & Social Transformation.

Open Access as an academic publishing requirement

2016-11-22: By 2020, all academic publications are to be based on the Open Access principle; in other words, they are to be freely accessible. Read more.

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Archived news

ERIH PLUS revision

2017-05-10: All journals transferred to ERIH PLUS as approved journals from the ERIH-register are currently being revised against the ERIH PLUS criteria. Once all ERIH journals have been revised, journals that do not comply with the ERIH PLUS criteria will no longer be listed as approved journals in ERIH PLUS.  Read more.

Downloaded more than 600 times

2016-03-21: We are both surprised and happy to see that our new and free to use downloadable list of all included journals is so much used. Approximately 600 times it has been downloaded in the first month. This tells us that this application has been awaited and that it has improved our service to the research community with interests in Social Sciences and Humanities journals.

Download ERIH PLUS list

2016-02-15: The list is open and free to download.


2015-08-26: Starting fall 2015 all journals transferred from ERIH to ERIH PLUS will be revised against the ERIH PLUS criteria.  Read more.

ERIH PLUS Conference 2015 in Bergen

Summary with presentations

Presentations are now available.


NSD will host an ERIH PLUS Conference in Bergen May 28-29 to mark the start of ERIH PLUS. The conference will start with a meeting for the ERIH PLUS Advisory Group on the 28th of May at NSD. On the 29th of May there will be a Conference seminar on Hotel Radisson BLU for the Advisory Group, The National Experts and the NSD staff working with ERIH PLUS. The aim of the Conference is to create a forum for common understanding of ERIH PLUS.

Bergen and Strasbourg, 9th July 2014

The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data are pleased to announce that the transfer of the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) to NSD has been completed and ERIH PLUS is now accessible at the NSD website:

Following the memorandum of understanding signed in January 2014, NSD will now operate the new reference index for scientific journals in the humanities and social sciences. Our goal is to enhance the global visibility of high-quality research in the humanities and social sciences across Europe, and to facilitate access to research journals published in all European languages. The ERIH PLUS index encompasses the original ERIH lists, which initially only covered the humanities disciplines. The new reference index is called ERIH PLUS, in order to indicate that the list has been extended to also include social science disciplines.


We are pleased to announce that ERIH PLUS is ready to receive submissions for the inclusion of journals.

To be included, the scientific journal must meet the benchmark standards described here.

For submissions of new journals for inclusion in ERIH PLUS, please submit new journal.

The processing time for new submissions is about one month. All submissions are guaranteed a response once the result is ready.