In October of 2011, Thomson Reuters launched the Book Citation IndexSM as an edition of Web of Science. The content is comprised of scholarly books, both Series and Non-series that present fully referenced articles of original research, or reviews of the literature.

As with the journal and proceedings literature, books are also selected according to a well-defined set of criteria. By careful evaluation of the form and content of each publication, Thomson Reuters assures not only that all citation indexes in Web of Science will contain the most relevant and timely research, but also that rigorous Bibliographic Control will ensure this research is discoverable.

WHAT TYPE OF BOOKS ARE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION?

  • The Book Citation Index will cover only scholarly books that present fully referenced articles of original research, or reviews of the literature.
  • The Book Citation Index will cover both series and non-series books.
  • Books with copyright from the current or previous five (5) years are considered for coverage in the Book Citation Index.

A recent change to our selection criteria and the addition of more content demonstrate the unique nature of scholarly books and how they fit into the broader world of researched content. The biggest change is the introduction of non-English language books, an expansion based on feedback from our users. Read the Book Selection Process Essay.