Journal directories & useful websites

Want to browse larger journal databases or are you unsure what a journal abbreviation stands for? Or maybe you want to get notified every time something is published in your favorite journal? Then check out the resources below!

Journal directories & useful websites

    • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
      Comprehensive database of Open Access journals covering all scientific and scholarly subjects. To be included in the DOAJ, journals must use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access and must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control.
    • Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
      The EZB is the most comprehensive database for academic e-journals. It provides general information and links to the full-text of more than 75,000 journals, more than half of which are Open Access journals.
    • OA in Individual Disciplines (
      Experts from various disciplines have compiled information including disciplinary repositories and open access journals.
    • SHERPA/RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher's policies regarding the self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.
    • Web of Science Master Journal List
      The Web of Science Master Journal List (formerly known as the «Thomson Reuters Master Journal List») includes all journal titles covered in the databases of the Web of Science. Impact Factors are calculated only for a subset of these journals and published yearly in the InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR).
    • Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB)
      The ZDB is the world’s largest specialized database for serial titles (journals, annuals, newspapers etc., incl. e-journals). The ZDB contains more than 2 million bibliographic records of serials from the 16th century onwards, from all countries, in all languages, held in 3,620 German and Austrian libraries, with 18.4 million holdings information.
    • CAS Source Index (CASSI)
      Abbreviations for journals in the chemical and biological sciences.
    • List of Title Word Abbreviations
      Most journal abbreviations are based on a word list from the ISSN's «List of Title Word Abbreviations». Use this list to build an abbreviation word by word. If the journal title has only one word, the title should not be abbreviated (e.g. Nature, Cell).
    • WoS Journal Title Abbreviations
      Full name and abbreviation of journals in the «Web of Science».
    • WSL List of Journal Abbreviations (WSL intranet only)
      Abbreviations for journal titles according to ISO standard; maintained by the Editorial Office at WSL.
    • JournalTOCs
      Current Awareness Service (CAS) where you can discover the newest papers coming directly from the publishers as soon as they have been published online. It contains articles' metadata for over 30,000 journals (including more than 14,000 selected Open Access journals) from over 3,300 publishers and pulls together a database of Table of Contents (TOCs) providing a convenient single interface to these TOCs. It also offers an e-mail alerting service on the latest articles of your followed journals.

Need journal citation data?

Journal citation data, including Impact Factors are published each year in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

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