Social Sciences Citation Index

The Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) is a commercial citation index product of Clarivate Analytics. It was originally developed by the Institute for Scientific Information from the Science Citation Index. The Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index and indexes over 3,000 social sciences journals – 1988 to present.[1]

Science Citation Index
ProducerClarivate Analytics (Canada and Hong Kong)
DisciplinesSocial sciences
Record depthIndex & citation indexing
Title list(s)


The SSCI citation database covers some 3,000 of the world's leading academic journals in the social sciences across more than 50 disciplines.[2] It is made available online through the Web of Science service for a fee. The database records which articles are cited by other articles.

The Master Journal List provides users with the ability to search for journals that have been indexed.

"The Master Journal List is an invaluable tool to help you to find the right journal for your needs across multiple indices hosted on the Web of Science platform. Spanning all disciplines and regions, Web of Science Core Collection is at the heart of the Web of Science platform. Curated with care by an expert team of in-house editors, Web of Science Core Collection includes only journals that demonstrate high levels of editorial rigor and best practice. As well as the Web of Science Core Collection, you can search across the following specialty collections: Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Zoological Record, and Current Contents Connect, as well as the Chemical Information products."[3]

This platform also provides a large database for training and guidance, which can be accessed here.


Philip Altbach has criticised the Social Sciences Citation Index of favouring English-language journals generally and American journals specifically, while greatly underrepresenting journals in non-English languages.[4]

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  1. ^ "SSCI – Social Sciences Citation Index (via the Web of Science)". Online Library | Maastricht University. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  2. ^ "Social Sciences Citation Index". Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  3. ^ company, Web of Science Group, a Clarivate. "Web of Science Master Journal List". Web of Science Group, a Clarivate company. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  4. ^ Altbach, Philip (2005). "Academic Challenges: The American Professoriate in Comparative Perspective". The Professoriate: Profile of a Profession. Dortrecht: Springer. pp. 147–165.

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