Approval procedures

New scholarly and scientific journals can be submitted continuously. Books, monographic series and conference proceedings are currently not included in ERIH PLUS.

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 journal must contain the following publicly available information:

The proposer is responsible for providing this minimum adequate information when submitting a new journal for consideration. If the information provided is not sufficient, the submission will not be further evaluated.

All submissions are treated in a standardised way. NSD first examines whether the ISSN code provided for the journal is confirmed by the international ISSN register, which is a condition for approval.

Next, the journal is evaluated against other criteria which are a condition for inclusion. This is done by examining the information on the journal’s website. Here, NSD verifies whether the articles are reviewed by external academic peers; whether the journal has an academic editorial board; and if abstracts are in English and/or another language relevant for the field.

Finally the authorship is established. Authorship of a journal is defined in accordance with the following:

Scholarly and scientific journals with local authorship will not be included in the ERIH PLUS. National authorship is required as a minimum if external peer review is to function properly in a scientific journal. Otherwise, questions can be raised as to whether external peer review can function satisfactorily for a journal that primarily represents an institution’s own researchers.

NSD determines the authorship of journals by reviewing the issues published during the last two years. For this process it is essential that information on author’s affiliation (preferably including the country where the institution is located) is available in the journal. Only original publications will be considered (translated works that have already been published will not be considered).

The editorial board will be contacted if the necessary information cannot be accessed on the website. However accessibility of information on the website speeds up the process of verification. NSD also searches for additional information about the journal 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 of the process. Moreover, NSD keeps a complete record and contact information for those who have proposed a journal.

Difficult cases labelled as ‘special cases’ may require special attention. The ERIH PLUS Advisory Group will confer and make recommendations in those cases.

See also criteria for inclusion of new journals.