Social Sciences Citation Index

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The Social Sciences Citation Index ( SSCI ) is an interdisciplinary citation database published by Clarivate Analytics and developed by the Institute for Scientific Information . It includes more than 3,100 specialist journals from more than 50 social science disciplines. This directory can be viewed for a fee on the Web of Science .


Philip Altbach (2005) criticizes the fact that the SSCI primarily takes US magazines into account, which creates a bias. Journals in languages ​​other than English are rarely represented, for example research in the world languages ​​Chinese, Arabic and Spanish is hardly to be found in the index. He emphasizes that the scientifically dominant position of the USA is supported by the fact that publishing in SSCI-listed journals in other countries is also good for a career.

The criteria and the informative value of the SSCI are criticized. With regard to economics , Daniel Klein and Eric Chiang (2004) complain, among other things, that articles from "left" journals have a disproportionately higher chance of being recorded by SSCI than publications from economically liberal journals.

Furthermore, the SSCI's indexing quality is sometimes criticized, and even the names of star authors are sometimes incorrectly indexed.

See also

Web links

Journal Search - IP & Science - Thomson Reuters

Tüür-Fröhlich, T. (2018). An “authoritative” database on the test bench: The Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and its data quality. Information - Wissenschaft & Praxis, 69 (5-6), pp. 265–275

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Journal List, Social Science Citation Index 2013 for Web of Science , Thomson Reuters
  2. Terje Tüür-Fröhlich: The Non-trivial Effects of Trivial Errors in Scientific Communication and Evaluation. tape 69 . Werner Hülsbusch Verlag, Glückstadt 2016, ISBN 978-3-86488-104-6 .
  3. ^ Philip Altbach: Academic Challenges: The American Professoriate in Comparative Perspective. In: Anthony Welch: The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession. Springer, Dordrecht 2005, ISBN 978-1-402-06178-3 , pp. 147-165.
  4. ^ D. Klein, E. Chiang: The Social Science Citation Index: A Black Box — with an Ideological Bias? In: Econ Journal Watch. Volume 1, Number 1, April 2004, pp. 134-165.
  5. Ulrich Herb : "Pierre Bourdieu is also an indexing victim" - science researcher Terje Tüür-Fröhlich on science evaluation and incorrect citation databases. In: telepolis. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017 .