One of my papers is online published with volume, issue, and page number. The journal is published by IEEE and SCI-indexed with high impact factor. I need a report from Web-of-Science to obtain the results that indicates that my paper is SCI indexed. But, unfortunately, Web-of-Science does not able to search the paper. The paper is online on October. It is non-trivial to estimate the time.

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  • Is there any other way to say that my paper is SCI-indexed?
  • Any expected time?
  • Any help from IEEE or Web-of-Science?
  • if it's online, why you need to prove that it is indexed? Just write it yourself and let them find it (whoever might need the information)
    – BioGeo
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 9:59
  • I did the same. They ask for the report from web of science.
    – Mithun
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 10:32
  • In my experience Web of Science can be terribly slow with updating such things.
    – user64845
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 11:22

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Web of Science has a lag of potentially several months before a given paper from an indexed journal is uploaded. There is (I believe) nothing at all you can do about this - it's simply a matter of their workflow taking time due to the level of manual involvement needed. I would normally say that you could reasonably expect it to be up after about three months - but I wouldn't in the least be surprised if it takes longer, especially if it was up as some kind of "advance publication" and its official publication date is later than October.

Howver, I've never heard of anyone asking for proof a specific paper is indexed - the decision to index covers the journal, not individual papers, so it's normal to talk about "a paper published in an ISI-indexed journal" in this context. I would point them to the entry for this title in Journal Citation Reports or similar, to confirm that it is included, which implicitly states your paper will be indexed as part of it.

  • This is simply ridiculous. I also knew that if the journal is SCI-indexed (2nd ranking in Telecommunications by Impact Factor), then obviously the paper published in that journal would be included in web of science. I really don't know why they are asking for that report.
    – Mithun
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 13:54
  • Anyway, do you have any source that indicates the above statement?
    – Mithun
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 13:57
  • I believe you could get a screenshot about the journal being indexed.
    – BioGeo
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 15:22
  • @mithun I'm sure if you dug through the WoS or JCR helppages you could find something stating explicitly that indexing is on a journal level, but I don't have one to hand. Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 17:46

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