Frequently Asked Questions


Do all browsers work with the suggestion form?
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For example, Internet Explorer is currently version 11, so previous versions 8, 9, and 10 will work just fine. The latest versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are also supported. Please note that older versions may cause the form to work incorrectly.

What happens with my collected data?

Scope Database  is committed to maintaining your confidence and trust with respect to the privacy of the personal information we collect from you. Please read this privacy policy carefully to understand our practices about how we collect, use and share your personal information: 


What is Scope Database?

Scope Database is a collection of bibliographic citation database of scholarly scientific journals, conference proceedings, trade journals and book series. Scope Database is the world’s most trusted global citation database used by many research Institutions all over the world. Scope Database provides extensive summary of the research achievements in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology, Management, Medicine, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities etc.

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I am not sure if my title is already covered by Scope Database. How can I find out?
Please check the Scope Database Source List by navigating to the followinlink to determine whether the title you wish to suggest is already covered by Scope Database. The available source lists are updated periodically.

What is this form used for?
Use this form if you wish to submit your serial publication for evaluation of its suitability for inclusion in Scope Database. Please note that submitting your title does not guarantee acceptance.

Where can I find more information about Scope Database Content Policy and Selection?
Please visit our Content Policy and Selection page


Are there any costs involved in having a title evaluated for Scope Database?
Yes, suggesting your title for possible coverage by Scope Database is chargeable for Evaluation of the title.

We will collect, Evaluation fee of $ 1000 US Dollar/Title Excluding Tax. After receiving the payment, we will start to evaluate the title. We will send the official invoice to the publisher for payment.

What are Scope Database minimum criteria?

  • The title should publish peer reviewed content.
  •  The title should be published on a regular basis (i.e., have an ISSN that has been confirmed by the ISSN International Centre).
  • The title should have English language abstracts and article titles.
  •  The title should have references in Roman script.
  •  The title should have a publication ethics and publication malpractice statement.

Can I suggest a title for Scope Database evaluation even though it does not meet all the minimum criteria?
No, only serial titles that meet the Scope Database  minimum criteria shown above will be processed by us.

My title does not have an ISSN and/or E-ISSN number. How can I request these?
You can request an ISSN and/or E-ISSN through the ISSN International Centre:

What’s the importance of having a Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement?
The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them.

Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author; the journal editor; the peer reviewer; the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals must all adhere to these standards.

Can I suggest serial titles other than journals, like a book series or conference proceedings?
Yes, all serial publications can be suggested for evaluation as long as they meet the Scope Database minimum criteria shown above.

Who is responsible for the Scope Database review procedure?

The independent Content Selection Committee (CSC) is an international group of scientists, researchers and librarians who represent the major scientific disciplines. The Committee members are responsible for reviewing all titles that are suggested to Scope Database

The CSC is comprised of 45 Subject Chairs, each representing a specific subject field. The committee works with the Scope Database team to understand how Scope Database is used, what content is relevant for users and what enhancements should be made. The recommendations of the CSC directly influence the overall direction of Scope Database and the prioritization of new content requests to ensure that Scope Database content stays international and relevant.

How long will the evaluation of my title take?
We strive to evaluate new title suggestions as quickly as possible, however, please allow at least a six months from the time of initial suggestion for the review process to be completed.


How are review decisions for Scope Database made?

Scope Database reviews which journals it wants to include in its commercial product according to its own Content Selection Committee (CSC) selection criteria of quality and utility, as they have been developed in collaboration with the independent and the needs of the wider research community.

Subject matter experts from the editorially independent CSC have the responsibility to review individual titles according to the set Scope Database quality criteria and make the decision whether a given journal should be included in Scope Database

What if a title has been rejected for Scope Database inclusion?

Review decisions are final and will not be reconsidered until the communicated embargo period has passed and the journal can be submitted for review again.

The Scope Database team cannot overrule or change the result of the CSC's decision because the CSC is independent.

Can I (as the publisher of the title) question the review decision?

Complaints or objections of review decisions are usually resolved between the publisher and the Scope Database team, who will consult with the reviewers of the CSC if needed.

For cases where the decision is still being questioned, an appeal procedure is put in place. Appeals only apply to the question whether the procedure of assessment has been followed correctly (for example the correct criteria have been considered in the assessment, or the reasons for not including the journal have been properly communicated) and not the merits of the review.

To invoke the appeals procedure, the publisher of the journal needs to explain carefully in what way one feels the procedure has not been followed correctly in this case. One needs to be sure to understand the difference between procedure and merits of a case.

The publisher can submit an appeal case to the Scope Database team via, which should be done within 6 weeks after receiving the rejection letter.

By asking for an appeal, the publisher is undertaking to accept the findings of any appeal as final.

Appeals are submitted to the independent Appeals Officer for consideration and the Appeals Officer will determine if the appeal is warranted.

In case of a valid appeal, the reviewers of the CSC will be asked to reconsider the review process and decision. However, a valid appeal case does not guarantee that the final decision by the CSC is changed.