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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New ERIH PLUS National Experts

2020-07-01: We are pleased to inform that we have recruited new National Experts for the United Kingdom, Russia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Czech Republic and Finland. See our list of National Experts.

ERIH PLUS seminar *Cancelled*

2020-03-13: Dear all,
We are very sorry to inform that, due to the coronavirus outbreak, NSD – Norwegian Centre for Research Data has decided to suspend or cancel all external meetings and seminars in the near future, including the ERIH PLUS seminar 16 April, as a protective measure and to follow the guidance from the Norwegian government. Hence, we have cancelled hotel rooms and seminar dinner reservations related to the seminar.
We sincerely hope that the cancelling of the ERIH PLUS seminar will not be too much of an inconvenience for you, and we plan to arrange the seminar next year.

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ERIH PLUS seminar in Bergen (cancelled)

2020-01-23: ERIH PLUS is pleased to announce that the ERIH PLUS seminar will take place from Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 April 2020 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen. The aim is to provide knowledge and give an update on various facets of the research index. The program is available here. The core target group is the National Experts as well as others interested in scholarly communications.

Enquiries regarding the seminar, e.g. if you are interested in participating, can be directed to the ERIH PLUS Team.

New requirements for documentation

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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.

Additional member of the Advisory Group

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

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