Author FAQs: Citation Indexes

Q. What citation indexes do T&F send data to/work with?

  • Web of Science (owned by Clarivate) indexes both T&F journal content at the article level and our book content at the chapter level. At present Web of science contains circa 100,000 books and T&F is in the top ten contributing publishers.
  • Scopus (owned by Elsevier)indexes both T&F journal content at the article level and our book content at the chapter level. Scopus contains circa 150,000 books from over 5,000 publishers and T&F represents around 5% of the total indexed content.
  • Google Scholar is a freely accessible non-selective web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

Q. My funder requires me to submit my book to PubMed/PMC/Bookshelf. How can I do this?

Please contact your editor. We can index and send book content to PubMed/Bookshelf, providing the funder of the content is from the following list:

  • NIH
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • UKRI
  • Nutrition and HIV Epidemiological Evidence to Public Health

If a book or chapter is not published by Open Access then an embargo of 12 months after publication (for STEM subjects) and 18 months (for HSS subjects) must be put in place before sending the work to PubMed/Bookshelf.

If another funder is requesting submission to PubMed/Bookshelf then please let your Editor know.

Q. My book/chapter is Open Access? How do I get it deposited into OAPEN, the library of openly accessible books?

Taylor & Francis send all OA content to OAPEN.

Q. I'd like to submit my book/chapter to an index not listed here. How do I do that?

Please contact your Editor and we can reach an agreement with the relevant index and submit your work for you.


1. When does a book get submitted for inclusion?

We have a direct feed to Web of Science and Scopus and submit newly published content monthly. All book content that fits the criteria is submitted.

Google Scholar now (as of 2018) crawls for our book content and metadata and indexes it. This means all T&F books/content on our platform is discoverable when people are searching for material using google scholar.

2. How long will it take for a decision/to see the book in an index?

This varies and T&F has no control or influence over the processing time.

Web of Science: book receipting, evaluation, and indexing is a labor-intensive process driven by Web of Science editorial priorities, all book suggestions are manually reviewed. There is no average timeline from initial delivery to indexed content. Currently, our books appear to be taking around 6 months to go through the process

Scopus: a dedicated team manually reviews all suggested books once per year, during the summer. All suggested books are evaluated based upon the below-described selection criteria.

Google Scholar: We have recently made an agreement with Google Scholar for them to index T&F content, including backlist titles so all books will materialize there in due course. Your T&F editor will not able to give an ETA for a specific backlist book appearing, but going forward, we would expect all books to appear on Google Scholar within a few months of publication.

Criteria for Inclusion

1. What are the criteria for having a book considered for the Web of Science book citation index?

WOS considers both HSS & STEM content across over 250 disciplines. The index considers any scholarly books that present fully referenced original research, or reviews of the literature (NB books with full text in a language other than English are also considered for coverage). Product types considered include dissertations (if part of established book series with diverse content/published as a well-edited and reviewed monograph), well-referenced textbooks aimed at graduate or advanced research audiences, biographies, scholarly reference books, and reissued content may be considered if it bears a current copyright date and has not been covered previously. Books containing lots of reprinted content are not generally considered.

2. What are the Criteria for having a book considered for Scopus?

Scopus in general considers HSS & STEM content across all disciplines. As with WOS books with full text in a language other than English are also considered for coverage. Product types considered include Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, and graduate-level texts. Product types not eligible include dissertations, undergraduate-level textbooks, atlases, yearbooks, biographies, popular science books, manuals, etc.

3. Are our CRC books considered by Scopus?

As of 2018 CRC books are now being accepted for consideration by Scopus, they will also be considering all our available CRC backlist titles.

4. Why did my book get rejected for inclusion in the Web of Science?

Web of Science retains the right to choose what they index. The most common reason we are given that a T&F book is rejected is due to it not fulfilling one of the criteria above (e.g. too much previously published material).

5. Why did my book get rejected for inclusion in Scopus?

As with Web of Science, the ultimate decision about whether to include a book is taken by SCOPUS. We are not currently provided with individual reasons for rejection.

6. How many books in total are indexed each year on Web of Science/Scopus?

Across all publishers, Scopus intend to index circa 20,000 per year going forward. There are currently circa 150,000 books indexed in Scopus.

Web of Science: WOS index 10,000 books a year and accept a maximum of 1000 books per publisher per year (they take 1000 a year from T&F). They have currently indexed circa 100,000 books.

7. Can I appeal a decision if a book is rejected after consideration?

Neither WOS nor Scopus takes appeal requests from the author or the publisher if a book is rejected.

8. If I find my research outputs scattered across different author profiles on Scopus, what can I do to draw them together?

Your publications on Scopus may be spread over different author profiles because these are generated automatically. The Start button here will take you to the ORCID site, where you can give permission for Scopus to read your ORCID record (to find your profile(s) in Scopus) and send your ID to ORCID. If you choose to send a list of your publications to ORCID at the end of this process, Scopus will repeat this to gain permission to update the corresponding ORCID record. Scopus and ORCID share and sync their data monthly.