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Journal Coverage

Article counts for Essential Science IndicatorsTM are derived from 11,855 journals indexed in Web of Science Core Collection (Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index only) over a 10-year period.Citation counts for these articles are derived from journals indexed in Web of Science Core Collection (Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index)

Each journal is assigned to one of 22 research fields. In ESI, a journal can be assigned to only one field.  Journals such as Science and Nature are categorized as multidisciplinary since they publish research in many different fields. As a result, papers published in these multidisciplinary journals are assigned to a field based on the representation of the cited journals. For example, if the majority of citations to a paper published in Science come from neuroscience journals and the majority of cited references in the paper are to neuroscience journals, the paper is then categorized as neuroscience. 

Journal List

The master journal list (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet, 761.9 kB, info) comprises all journals covered for Essential Science IndicatorsTM as of November 12, 2015 to cover a 10-year plus 8-month period, January 1, 2005 - August 31, 2015. Data is updated bimonthly (six times a year). This is the fourth bimonthly period of 2015.

This master journal list will be updated regularly. The current extraction date is October 1, 2015.