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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ERIH PLUS criteria

Published 2018-02-01

Only scientific periodicals/journals may be included in ERIH PLUS. Books, monographic series and conference proceedings are currently not included in ERIH PLUS. Please note that according to the ERIH PLUS approval procedures, a journal’s authorship is evaluated by reviewing the issues published during the last two years (see points 5 and 6 below). Therefore, in order to be approved in ERIH PLUS, a journal must have a publication history of at least two years. This is a minimum criterion.

Journals must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. ERIH PLUS requires an explicit description of the journal's procedures for external/independent peer review. As a minimum, the journal’s website must describe how the process ensures that reviewers are independent of the authors, i.e. not affiliated with the same institution.
  2. ERIH PLUS requires that the members of the academic editorial board are listed, along with their affiliations with universities or other independent research institutions.
  3. ERIH PLUS requires a valid ISSN code, confirmed by the International ISSN Portal. Be advised that journals with ISSN codes listed as “assigned to a publication but not yet confirmed” or “free ISSN” will not be processed.
  4. ERIH PLUS requires that all original articles are accompanied by abstracts in English and/or another international language relevant for the field. As the ERIH PLUS team needs access to the abstracts in order to evaluate the journal, they should be available online. It is not sufficient that the journal’s author/submission guidelines refer to abstracts.
  5. ERIH PLUS requires information on author affiliations for all scholarly articles for the last two years of publication, i.e. the full names of the respective universities or other independent research institutions. ERIH PLUS encourages journals also to include author addresses (either email or postal addresses).
  6. ERIH PLUS requires that no more than two thirds of the authors published in the journal are from the same institution. The authorship of journals is determined by reviewing the last two years of published issues.

As ERIH PLUS encourages transparency the requested information should thus be available on the journal’s website. However, if any of the information has limited availability, e.g. subscribers only, please notify us, either through a comment in the submission form or by email at

We welcome the submission of all journals within the humanities and social sciences. However scientific publication channels even if published outside Europe but used by European scholars will be prioritized.

Before submitting a new journal to ERIH PLUS, please read the ERIH PLUS approval procedures.

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2019-06-17: ERIH PLUS by Dimensions is a next-generation linked research information system that makes it easier to find and access the most relevant information, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Read more.

OECD Classification

2019-02-26: You can now use OECD classification as a search filter for journals in ERIH PLUS. The OECD-Frascati structure of disciplines will improve the usability of ERIH PLUS data for bibliometric statistics and research purposes.

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2018-10-09: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gabi Lombardo has joined the ERIH PLUS Advisory Group. Dr. Lombardo is the Director of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, the advocacy and science policy organization […] Read more.

New National Expert countries

2018-10-01: We are strengthening our expertise, as ERIH PLUS has recruited national experts from Germany, Ukraine and Slovenia. See our list of National Experts.

Open Access journals

2018-07-02: ERIH PLUS are marking the journals with DOAJ as a standard for Open Access.
Fact: 1600+ journals in ERIH PLUS are also in DOAJ.

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Privacy Notice regarding GDPR

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ERIH PLUS — three years at the Norwegian Centre for Research Data

2017-12-20: July 9, 2017 marked ERIH PLUS' three year anniversary here at NSD — The Norwegian Centre for Research Data in Bergen, Norway. To celebrate this anniversary, the ERIH PLUS Team wishes to share some of the developments made over the three year period.  Read more.

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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Warning: Service disruptions

2018-10-19: ERIH PLUS may experience service disruptions on 2018-10-20 due to work on infrastructure.

ERIH PLUS revision ending

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. ERIH PLUS 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.

All submissions are guaranteed a response regardless of the outcome of the evaluation process. The waiting time for new submissions to be processed is about five months.