ERIH PLUS (originally called the European Reference Index for the Humanities or ERIH) is an index containing bibliographic information on academic journals in the humanities and social sciences (SSH).[1] The index includes all journals that meet the following requirements: "explicit procedures for external peer review; an academic editorial board, with members affiliated with universities or other independent research organizations; a valid ISSN code, confirmed by the international ISSN register; abstracts in English and/or another international language relevant for the field for all published articles; information on author affiliations and addresses; a maximum two thirds of the authors published in the journal from the same institution".[2] ERIH has not been intended for evaluation purposes.[3]

ProducerNorwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (Norway)
History2014 - present
DisciplinesHumanities and Social Sciences
Record depthBibliographic information
Format coverageAcademic journals
Geospatial coverageEurope
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ERIH was originally established by the European Science Foundation and was transferred to the NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data in 2014, mainly because it already operated the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.[4] At the same time, it was extended to also include social science disciplines and renamed ERIH PLUS.[5][6] The aim of ERIH PLUS is to increase the visibility and availability of SSH. The index goes beyond the commercial indexing services by providing a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly communication and publishing in the fields, enabling researchers to better disseminate their work in national and international languages.[7] As of July 1, 2021, the ownership was transferred to the fresh Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.



ERIH PLUS has been criticized for "the ease of having the journal included [in it] – semi-automatically, upon a set of criteria which are mostly formal, without taking quality into consideration".[3]


  1. ^ "About". ERIH PLUS. Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.
  2. ^ "Criteria for inclusion". ERIH PLUS. Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.
  3. ^ a b Dahlig-Turek, Ewa (2015). "ERIH Plus: National Experts' Role and Expertise" (PDF). ERIH PLUS Conference. Bergen, 28–29 May 2015.
  4. ^ Grethe Tidemann, "Nytt register skal kvalitetssikre europeiske, vitenskapelige publikasjoner" [New index shall ensure the quality of European academic publications], Uniforum, 29 May 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ ERIH PLUS, Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.
  6. ^ "European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH)." European Science Foundation, 30 July 2014.
  7. ^ Gry Ane Vikanes Lavik; Gunnar Sivertsen, "Erih Plus – Making the Ssh Visible, Searchable and Available", Procedia Computer Science, 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
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