Frequently Asked Questions


Can I save an uncompleted suggestion form?
Yes, the suggestion form is automatically saved if you click on any of the buttons: Previous / Next.

How long will the data from an uncompleted suggestion form be available?
After the first save (i.e., clicking on previous / next), the data will be saved for 7 days. Please make sure to submit your partially filled in suggestion form within that timeframe, otherwise you will have to start over again. 

Do all browsers work with the suggestion form?
We recommend using a recent version of your browser, i.e., current version minus 3 versions. Example: for Internet Explorer, the current version is 11. So versions 8, 9, and 10 will still work fine. Please note that older versions may cause the form to work incorrectly.


What is Ei Compendex? 
Ei Compendex is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world. It provides a global view of peer-reviewed engineering literature, comprising nearly 19 million indexed documents from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines. Every document is carefully selected and indexed using the Engineering Index Thesaurus to ensure discovery and retrieval of engineering-specific literature upon which engineering students and professionals rely. By using Ei Compendex, an engineering researcher can be confident that the information is relevant, complete, accurate and of high quality. For more information, please refer to Ei Compendex Content.

What is GEOBASE?

GEOBASE is a database of indexed research literature unequalled in its coverage of the international geoscience literature: Earth sciences, ecology, geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation. The content crosses subject, language and cultural boundaries, providing a unique research tool to users. GEOBASE covers over 3 million abstract records of multidisciplinary content, enabling comprehensive geological evaluation of any desired region. This includes geological structure and its relation to natural resources as well as linking resource management, transport, and regional and urban planning.  For more information, please refer to GEOBASE Content.

I am not sure if my title is already covered by Ei Compendex. How can I find out? 
Please check the Ei Compendex Source List found here to determine whether the title you wish to suggest is already covered in Ei Compendex. Please note that the Ei Compendex Source List is dynamic and continuously maintained.

What is this form used for? 
Use this form if you wish to submit your serial publication or conference proceeding for evaluation of its suitability for inclusion in Ei Compendex and/or GEOBASE. Please note that submitting your title does not guarantee acceptance.

Where can I find more information about Ei Compendex’s Content Policy and Selection? 
Please visit Ei Compendex Content Policy and Selection page.


Are there any costs involved in having a title evaluated for Ei Compendex? 
No, evaluation is free of charge. We never charge or accept any money for evaluation, selection or coverage of any title. Review of your suggested title does not guarantee or promise selection of the title.

Who can make a title evaluation suggestion for Ei Compendex consideration?

Please note that we will only consider a title evaluation submission if we have verified that you are the editor or you are on the editorial board or that you are the publisher of this publication.

How many times do I need to suggest a title in order to be considered by Ei Compendex?

Please note that the evaluation of a title is not influenced by the number of times it is suggested. Multiple submissions of the same title will only delay the review process. After you have completed and submitted the suggestion form, you will receive an email of acknowledgement which confirms that we have received your title suggestion.

How long will the evaluation of my title take? 
We strive to evaluate new title suggestions as quickly as possible; however, please allow at least six to twelve months for the review process to be completed.

What happens after the title is reviewed with a decision?

You will be notified by email about the review decision by the EV Content Team once the review is completed. Review of your title suggestion does not guarantee or promise selection of the title.

To ensure you receive communications from the Ei Title Suggestion System or the Ei Title Suggestion mailbox, please add to your email's safe senders list. Additionally, if emails from appear in your spam or junk folder, make sure to tell your email software that it is not spam by hitting the ‘not spam’ or ‘not junk’ button. This will ensure your receipt of communications from regarding your submission.

What are your minimum selection criteria? 

      For journals

  1. The title should publish peer-reviewed content.
  2. The title should be published on a regular basis (i.e. have an ISSN that has been registered by the ISSN International Centre). To register an ISSN, please visit this page.
  3. The title should have English-language abstracts and article titles.
  4. The title should have a publication ethics and publication malpractice statement.
  5. The title should have a digital preservation policy

In addition to these minimum criteria, we recommend that a title has a publication history of at least two years before it is suggested for review. We may decline to review a title if the publication history is deemed too short to enable a proper review.

For conference proceedings

  1. The title should publish peer-reviewed content.
  2. The title should have an ISBN, or an ISSN that has been registered by the ISSN International Centre. To register an ISSN, please visit this page.
  3. The title should have full-text conference papers with English-language abstracts and paper titles.
  4. The title should have a publication ethics and publication malpractice statement.
  5. The content should be available online.

Please also refer to our content policy and selection criteria as described on

Can I suggest a title for Ei Compendex evaluation even though it does not meet all the minimum criteria? 
No, only suggested titles that meet the Ei Compendex minimum criteria will be evaluated by us.

My title does not have an ISSN and/or E-ISSN number. How can I request these? 
You can request an ISSN and/or E-ISSN through the ISSN International Centre:

What’s the importance of having a Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement? 
The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standard of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.

More about Publishing Ethics can be found in the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK). 

My title does not have a (comprehensive) online Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. What is considered a valid statement? 
Please visit our Publishing Ethics page for a comprehensive overview.

May I suggest serial titles other than journals, like book series or conference proceedings? 
Yes, all serial publications (e.g., journals, book series, conference series) can be suggested for evaluation as long as they meet our minimum selection criteria. For conference proceedings, please choose the conference proceedings suggestion form, and fill in all required information. Note that both standalone conferences and conference series/serials may be suggested in the form. Evaluation is dependent on meeting minimum eligibility criteria. However, if conference proceedings are published in a series, the entire series is considered as one publication, and selection is based on the entirety of the source’s content and not on individual parts or volumes.