Published 2021-04-21

ERIH PLUS (originally called the European Reference Index for the Humanities or ERIH) is an index holding bibliographic information on academic journals in the Social Sciences and Humanities (HSS). The aim of the index is to increase visibility, searchability and availability of the HSS.

ERIH PLUS is an online service, and it grants updated data on European journals. The main target group of the index are researchers and research within a European framework. To the extend which the index holds journals from other parts of the world, it is because they are assumed to add value to the ERIH PLUS main target group and scope.

ERIH PLUS for increased visibility and quality

ERIH PLUS is a key journal index within the HSS field, widely used by the European academic community. We want to be a key player in the European work that is done to make HSS research available to the wider community, and we want to do this by providing an index which not only supply metadata about journals, but also place the HSS research in a wider academic context.

By cooperations and memberships with other actors within academic publication we aim to raise the use of the ERIH PLUS data. One example of a successful cooperation is the development of ERIH PLUS by Dimensions Here, ERIH PLUS metadata has been combined with the functionality and expansiveness of Dimensions, making it possible to explore the ERIH PLUS content in detail. At the moment more than 10 million articles are available through the ERIH PLUS by Dimensions search.

The ERIH PLUS team is involved in different key-organisations. We are member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), where we held a place in the Advisory Group from 2019 to 2021. These memberships enable us to take part in ongoing discussions within the field of academic publishing and to raise the awareness of the HSS field. Our wish is to contribute to ethicality within scientific publishing and contribute to the coordinated work against weak scholarly venues.

We aim to be transparent, open and involved.


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