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CARHUS Plus+ 2010, current version

CARHUS Plus+ is a system for the classification of scientific journals in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities published on a local, national and international level. This project, developed by the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) and commissioned by the General Directorate for Research, is presented with a view to contribute to an objective evaluation of research being carried out in the Catalan scientific and university system.

Some new journals have been included in the last version and some misclassification errors in some journals have also been mended, as a result of the calculation of the concerned parameters.

On 20 October 2011 we published the final version of Carhus Plus+ 2010, which replaces the previous review of 29 December 2010

If you have any comments or suggestions, please email us at carhus@agaur.gencat.cat.

Look up which journals are available in Carhus Plus + 2010 with the new search engine.

The journals included come from:

  • ERIH Lists. European Reference Index for the Humanities 2007: Classification of European journals in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities developed by the European Science Foundation. A selection of all the journals with an ICDS (Índex Compost de Difusió Secundària - Secondary Diffusion Index) classification of more than 3 and available from this source of information have been included. For a more detailed explanation of the ICDS, see the section “What is the ICDS?”.
  • Research groups recognised by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia in 2005 in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities: A selection of the journals where these groups have published articles between 2001 and 2005 has been included from this documentary source. Only those that are obviously in areas of knowledge outside Social Sciences and Humanities have been excluded.
  • IN-RECS. Índice de impacto de las revistas españolas de ciencias sociales - Impact index of Spanish journals in social sciences: Lists of journals published by the research group for evaluation of the science and scientific communication of the University of Granada. All the journals of the index of this documentary source, both citations and those mentioned in the period 2001-2005, have been included.
  • RESH, Revistas Españolas de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas - Spanish journals in social sciences and humanities:Classification of journals developed by CINDOC (Centre for Scientific Information and Documentation). All the source journals mentioned up to 2003 and those quoted in the period 2000-2003 have been included from this documentary source.
  • National Citation Report for Spain 1981-2006:List of journals where Catalan research workers have published articles during the period 1997-2006 based on a search of the Thomson Reuters Scientific database which contains the scientific production present in various bibliometric databases –in particular, the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI).
  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR ) 2007 Social Sciences Edition:
  • Database developed by Thomson Reuters Scientific. Journals in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities classified in descending order according to their impact factor. On the basis of this order, a selection was made of the journals in the first and second quartile. Journals in the subjects of Nursing and Psychiatry were excluded as they were not of these areas of knowledge.
  • Collective proposals addressed to AGAUR from mainly Catalan universities and research centres.
  • Catalan journals in the fields of language, literature and history according to some specific sources: the Reports on research in Catalonia: 1996-2002 of the Institute of Catalan Studies or the thesis by Jordi Ardanuy Baró.

Journals ceased before 2005 have been excluded because they are considered as inactive.

If you cannot find a journal of the previous edition of CARHUS+ in CARHUS+ 2010, check the file «Journals with name changes» to verify whether or not they have changed. If a journal is not included in this file, it is because it is no longer published.

There is a total of 5,430 journals. However, there are 820 journals to be included that are not yet classified because originally they can be found in libraries outside Catalonia.

The following table shows the number of journals per area and level:

SCIENTIFIC AREATotal number of journalsABCD
ANTROPOLOGY 149 57 54 33 5
ARTS 270 109 44 97 20
ECONOMY 289 115 89 74 130
EDUCATION 423 166 139 104 14
GEOGRAPHY 116 46 43 20 7
HISTORY 612 250 131 210 21
LAW 375 102 56 193 24
PHILOSOPHY 247 132 59 53 3
PSYCHOLOGY 568 226 298 40 4
RELIGIOUS STUDIES 173 82 38 51 2
SOCIOLOGY 419 167 174 62 16
TOTAL  4953 2049 1437 1303 164

Each journal is classified in one scientific area and on only one level. Level A corresponds to the highest rated publications. Whenever a journal can not be classified in a single area because of its interdisciplinary character it is included in the General or Multidisciplinary area.

This group includes the journals that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Journals that are included in the Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Indexaccording to the Master Journal List of 2010 or the 2010 edition of Journal Citation Reports.
  2. Journals that have an ICDS classification (see section “What is the ICDS?”) of 9.5 or higher.
  3. Acknowledgment of the added difficulty that journals in the areas of catalan history, language and literature have in accessing large international databases with additional criteria.

In addition to it, these journals must be within 40% of the top ranked journals according to their impact factor or alternatively to ICDS classification. This percentage may be higher in areas where various journals have the same impact factor or ICDS classification and are on the low end of level A.

Exceptionally, journals in the areas of Catalan history, language and literature, with the highest score in the classification, are also included in Level A even if the conditions listed above are not fulfilled.

These journals are:

  • Ausa . Publicació del patronat d'estudis osonencs
  • Caplletra. Revista internacional de filología
  • Catalan Historical Review
  • Catalan journal in linguistics
  • Catalan review. International journal of catalan culture
  • Estudios de fonética experimental
  • Estudis romànics
  • Estudis. Revista de historia moderna
  • Faventia. Revista de filologia clàssica
  • Manuscrits. Revista d’historia moderna
  • Pyrenae
  • Revista de llengua i dret

Some journals in the areas of Catalan history, language and literature previously included in Level A in CARHUS+ (2008) are exceptionally included in the same level in the new edition to prevent temporary distortions. This will be solved in the next update.

These journals are:

  • Afers. Fulls de recerca i pensament
  • Articles de didàctica de la llengua i de la literatura
  • Els marges. Revista de llengua i literatura catalana
  • Quaderns de filologia. Estudis lingüístics
  • Quaderns. Revista de traducció

Journals have been assessed individually to check if they met the following parameters:

  1. The Secondary Diffusion Index (ICDS - Índex Compost de Difusió Secundària).
  2. The compliance of a series of parameters relative to the formal standards of scientific publication. More specifically they are:
    • Compliance of the declared periodicity or publication of the declared number of issues per year.
    • Instructions to authors: the journal must provide authors with guidelines for submitting originals and abstracts.
    • Affiliation of authors: mention of the institution where the author or authors of the article work.
    • Key words: the inclusion of key words for each article.
    • English abstract.
  3. Evaluation system of the articles.
  4. Sort of editorial board who runs the journal.

A weighted average of the overall variables has been calculated according to the following percentages:

50% 25% 12.5% 12.5%

Exceptionally, some journals in the areas of Catalan history, language and literature that scores higher in the classification have been included in level B, even if the conditions listed above are not fulfilled. 

These journals are:

  • Anuari Verdaguer
  • Recerques del Museu d’Alcoi
  • Quaderns de filologia. Estudis literaris
  • Recerques

The Secondary Diffusion Index (Índex Compost de Difusió Secundària - ICDS) is the result of a project developed by the research group of the Faculty of Biblioteconomy and Documentation of the University of Barcelona headed by Dr. Cristóbal Urbano. The ICDS is an indicator that measures the diffusion of journals in scientific databases.

The ICDS is published through the database Information Matrix for Journal Ranking (Matriu d’Informació per a l’Avaluació de Revistes - MIAR). This system publishes key information for the identification and evaluation of journals.

MIAR uses the ISSN number to link selected series of established journals in large scientific areas –at the same time sub-divided onto more specific academic fields– with a series of indexing and abstract databases, journal repertoires and library catalogues.

The ICDS is the result of a numerical calculation that values the greater or lesser diffusion of the journal in the bases consulted under the following benchmarks:

  • 3 points: Titles present in seven international index and abstract databases of multidisciplinary character on Social Sciences and Humanities: Academic Search Premier (ASP), Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS), Francis/Pascal, Fuente Academica and Periodical Content Index (PCI).
  • 3 points: Titles present in any of the following databases of specialised character: Art Index/Abstracts/Full Text, Educational Research Abstracts (ERA), Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), Geobase, Population Index, Historical Abstracts, Psicodoc, Psycinfo, ATLA Religion Database, Social Services Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts.
  • Nevertheless, if a journal is present in one or more of the multidisciplinary databases at the same time and in one or more of the specialised databases, it is given a total of 5 points.
  • 3.5 points: Titles present in one of the following ISI databases: AHCI, SCI, SSCI.
  • 2.5 points: Titles present in Latindex and which are not present in any of the international databases.

The calculation has been completed including information about age of journal for titles present in the Ulrich’s periodicals directory,provided it is an active publication and it has a well defined start date. In particular, each title was assigned a total points according to the age index value, calculated as Log10 of the life of the journal (but not longer than 30 years of life). .

Note: a specific exception has been made in the Law field because it is suffering from a lack of visibility.

A new version of CARHUS+ is released every two years to include new updates.

The publishers of a journal can send AGAUR a request for inclusion. The request must be accompanied by a current report explaining the guidelines for scientific publication covered by the journal. The report must explain how the parameters mentioned in the section “How are B, C and D journals classified?” are complied with and include mention of the peer review system for articles published in the journal and the percentage of rejected articles.

Requests can be sent by e-mail to carhus@agaur.gencat.cat or by ordinary mail to the following address: t:

Pg. Lluís Companys, 23
08010 Barcelona

Proposals must be supported by three professors from various universities.

Your comments are very useful for improving upcoming editions of CARHUS+ or detecting errors in the current version. Comments must always be supported by arguments and justified, and include identification of the person or group making them to enable replies and interaction. If you have any assessment, comment or information, please email us at carhus@agaur.gencat.cat

CARHUS+ is a project adjudicated to AGAUR by the DGR. The people responsible for its development have been the team comprised of Dr. Lluís Rovira, director of the CERCA (I-CERCA) Institution , Laura Serrate and Neus Malagarriga.



  • The journals Cuadernos de relaciones laborales and Revesco. Revista de Estudios Cooperativos have been included in the classificationbecaus, by mistake, did not appear
  • The journal Enseñanza de las ciencias. Revista de investigación y experiencias didàcticas appeared, by mistake, in B level. This journal is A level.


Update:  27.07.2015