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Petroleum Exploration and Development is selected into SCI and becomes top communication platform for petroleum science

On July  31, 2013, Thomson Reuters informed that the journal of Petroleum Exploration and  Development has been selected into and will be indexed in the database of  Science Citation Index (SCI) Expanded.
The coverage will  begin with Vol. 39(1) 2012.

SCI is an  English acronym for the American “Science Citation Index” database, which was  founded in 1961. As an international index, SCI includes natural science,  biology, medicine, agriculture, technology, and behavioral science, etc., with a  focus on fundamental science. Publications selected come from 94 categories  published in over 50 languages in more than 40 countries, primarily including  the USA, UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, France, Japan, and Canada, etc. A  number of Chinese magazines are also indexed in the database. As the world’s  most renowned three major scientific literature retrieval systems, SCI (Science  Citation Index), EI (Engineering Index) and ISTP (Index to Scientific &  Technical Proceedings) are the globally recognized primary retrieval tools for  scientific statistics and scientific evaluation, wherein SCI is the most  important. Petroleum Exploration and Development is the only academic energy  journal ofChinathat is simultaneously covered  by SCI and EI. It is also one of the 33 academic journals acrossChinasimultaneously covered by SCI  and EI. 

During  selection of journals, SCI comprehensively  evaluates the academic value of each journal using the method combining  scientific citation data analysis and worldwide peer expert evaluations. Its  basic standard is that the journal has to be a global or regional representative  and has to be internationalized. So far, more than 9,000 journals worldwide are  covered, including over 5,000 journals in its natural science database.  Representing journals of important influence in the world, the over 800,000  technical papers indexed in it demonstrates a collection of important research  findings of each discipline. SCI has gradually become a globally recognized tool  that reflects level of research in fundamental disciplines. Therefore, the  academia in most countries and regions around the world regards the number of  scientific papers covered by SCI as the most important indicator regarding the  level of research in fundamental disciplines of a nation and its scientific  strength. Whether the journal in which a scientific worker publishes his or her  paper is included by SCI and the journal’s impact factor will determine the  degree of evaluation on his or her research findings. As the economy globalizes,  scientific research is also becoming increasingly globalized. SCI papers provide  an important means of conducting international scientific exchange and a major  channel for international colleagues to understandChina’s science  and technology. Publishing SCI-covered technical papers can demonstrateChina’s strength in  fundamental research to the world and is therefore very important to enhancingChina’s position in the world’s  scientific community. 

Great  effort has been made to improve the academic level and international influence  of the journal of Petroleum Exploration and Development. The Editorial Board has  developed a detailed reporting direction and proposal selection plan for this  journal at the beginning of each year according to strict paper examination  procedures defined. Our staff members closely keep up with the frontiers of  scientific development, closely track the progress of major petroleum scientific  research projects, participate in major academic conferences, and invite  submissions by visiting reputed scientists. We ensure the timeliness of release  of technical innovations and allow our journal to always lead in technological  advances by publishing on a timely basis some major achievement technical papers  such as Exploration and Development of Shale Gas, Geological Evaluation and  Development Technique for Exploration of Tight Oil and Gas, Exploration and  Development of Carbonate Oil and Gas, Exploration and Development of Coalbed  Methane, Tertiary Oil Recovery Techniques in Mature Oil Fields, Horizontal Well  Staged Fracturing to Improve Reservoirs, Reservoir Description and Potential  Enhancement for High Water-Cut Oil Fields, Heavy Oil Production, etc. The  quality of technical papers published is guaranteed by strictly following the  four steps of paper acceptance, i.e. preliminary review by the chief editor,  expert review, collective review by the Editorial Board, and approval by the  senior leadership. 

Petroleum  Exploration and Development was ranked second and third, respectively, among  China’s core scientific journals in 2010 and 2011 in terms of the impact factor, has been ranked  first place among energy scientific journals for 6 years in a row, and won the  “100 Outstanding Academic Journals of China” award nine times. Three of its  papers have been awarded the “100 Most Influencing Domestic Academic Papers of  China” in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. It was selected as the “Highest  International Impact Academic Journals of China” in 2012. The journal has been  selected into “Quality Scientific Journals of China” sponsored by the Ministry  of Science and Technology of China in 2008 and 2011 in a row. Twenty-two technical papers published in  the journal won the “Forerunners 5000 (F5000)Top Papers in Quality Scientific Journals of  China” nomination among the 5,000 research papers representing China’s highest  academic level chosen by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information  of China (ISTIC) from all papers published in Quality Scientific Journals of  China during 2007-2012 and are now being in the process of announcement. Wuhan  University’s Research Center for China Science Evaluation (RCCSE) announced the  result of evaluation of Chinese academic journals, Petroleum Exploration and  Development has been achieved the highest evaluation level (A+) for Chinese  academic journals and awarded “Authoritative Academic Journal of China”.  

Petroleum  Exploration and Development is simultaneously distributed worldwide in both  Chinese and English. Technical papers submitted by foreign authors are  translated into Chinese and published in our Chinese version journal. Our  English version journal is distributed worldwide on the ScienceDirect platform  ( of Elsevier ? the world’s largest publisher. The global  requests for the technical papers of the English version journal have reached  23,019 in 2012. Readers  of the journal are from 83 countries and regions, including major oil producing  countries like the USA, UK, Russia, Iran, France, Malaysia, Australia, and  Brazil, etc. The academic impact of Petroleum Exploration and Development is  increasing in the world. Submissions by foreign scholars are increasing each  year. Authors are attracting broad attentions from overseas. International  academic organizations are inviting authors publishing papers in the journal to  attend international academic conferences. Relevant research institutes and  universities invite them to conduct scientific cooperation and recommend their  published papers to compete for international academic awards. Many young people  in foreign countries are applying for study as their graduate students after  reading their papers.

AttachmentSCI  notification

 Dear Mr. Xu and Mr. Wang,

Congratulation! The journal of Petroleum Exploration and Development  has been selected into our database. It will be indexed in Science Citation  Index Expanded

 Current Contents/Physical, Chemical & Earth  Sciences

Current Contents/Engineering, Computing &  Technology

 The coverage will begin with Vol. 39(1) 2012.

Best regards,

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Engineering, Computing & Technology

Editorial Development Dept.

Thomson Reuters


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