Emerging Sources Citation Index back-file added to Web of Science

This month we’ve added an additional 10-year back-file of The Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) to the Web of Science Core Collection. This extends our coverage so that we now have ESCI access for 2005 to present.


ESCI extends the range of publications in Web of Science to include high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging fields. The majority of the journals are focused on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities.


One of the aims of ESCI is to reflect the growing global nature of scholarly activity. It adds over 7,500 new journals to the Web of Science Core Collection from over 100+ countries and more than 2,700 publishers are represented. 80% of the research output is from outside North-America.


ESCI complements the core highly selective indexes that underpin Web of Science. The journals in ESCI are currently under evaluation for inclusion and, although they don’t yet meet the strict criteria for the traditional Citation Indexes, their addition to the Core Collection allows deeper coverage of content of regional importance and newly emerging journals. The citing articles in Web of Science include citing articles from ESCI – making related research more discoverable – ESCI connects to over 1.4 billion citations across the Web of Science.



  • Expands global and regional coverage;
  • Deepens coverage in many subjects and disciplines;
  • Captures new and emerging fields before they display high impact on the corpus of literature;
  • Adds hundreds of new journals from independent publishers and scholarly societies.


When you search in Web of Science, ESCI will automatically be included. For access:

  • Login to the Portal http://portal.stir.ac.uk/
  • Select the Resources tab
  • Click on A-Z list of online resources
  • Select W, then Web of Science Core Collection (or Web of Science – All Databases)



Clare Allan

Senior Research Librarian


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