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


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.

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.