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What types of material does ERIC index?

ERIC indexes education research found in journal articles, books, and grey literature. Access the ERIC Selection Policy or our video to find out the specific types of materials that we will and will not index.

What is the selection policy?

The ERIC Selection Policy establishes the standard and criteria for acquiring materials for ERIC’s online bibliographic and full-text library of education research. The policy is revised periodically. Access the PDF on ERIC ERIC Selection Policy infographic for a summary of the policy and the recorded webinar below for details on the most recent policy update.

When was the selection policy last updated?

The latest update to the ERIC Selection Policy was May 2022. Substantive updates were made to the collection development goals, selection criteria, and the source review and approval process. No material or bibliographic record published in ERIC will be removed because of this or future updates to the ERIC Selection Policy. For more information on the policy update access the Selection Policy, our recorded webinar, and the updated video on the source selection process:

When did ERIC begin indexing content?

ERIC’s core collection spans the years from ERIC’s inception in 1966 to the present. ERIC also includes some works published prior to 1966 and a digitized collection of historical materials held by the National Library of Education. The historical collection is comprised of reports and bulletins from the predecessor offices of the Department of Education. Historical textbooks and other materials are also included.

Who contributes content to ERIC?

ERIC regularly obtains content from journal and non-journal (grey literature) publishers and book sources under agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC also receives materials from federal grantees and individuals through ERIC’s online submission system. Access the infographic PDF on ERICWho Contributes Content to ERIC, which shows metrics related to ERIC’s content providers. Twice a year ERIC conducts a review cycle to add new content providers and remove existing providers that are no longer publishing or that no longer publish education research. The numbers of publishers, grey literature sources, and journals are subject to change.

What journals and non-journal sources are indexed in ERIC?

The currently indexed journal and non-journal sources are available on the ERIC website listed alphabetically or by the ERIC education topic area that most closely aligns with the scope of the source. Each of the lists is also available as a PDF. Use the links below to browse the source lists:

ERIC retains the records created since ERIC was founded; however, the list is periodically updated, and a source name is removed from the list of currently indexed sources if ERIC stops indexing it. You may reach out to if you wish to confirm a specific source.

This infographic provides insights into content views and downloads by education topic area for the year 2021: PDF on ERIC How Do Searchers Use ERIC?

For a look at the ERIC sources classified by topic area as of January 2021, see this infographic PDF on ERIC ERIC Collection Snapshot.

What types of non-journal sources provide content to ERIC?

ERIC indexes education research produced by IES and its offices; other federal agencies; state and district departments; university-affiliated programs; policy, research, and nonprofit organizations; professional associations; international or foreign organizations; and book publishers. Access the ERIC Selection Policy to find the complete list.

What is“grey literature"?

Grey literature is a subset of non-journal material. The ERIC Selection Policy includes the definition of grey literature from the 12th International Conference on Grey Literature at Prague, December 2010:

“Grey literature stands for manifold document types pro¬¨duced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats that are protected by intellectual property rights, of sufficient quality to be collect¬¨ed and preserved by library holdings or institutional repositories, but not controlled by commercial publishers i.e., where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.”

What topic areas are covered in ERIC?

ERIC indexes a wide variety of sources that cover the full spectrum of research in the field of education. The sources are categorized by 16 topic areas that are based on the IES authorizing legislation. For a brief definition of each topic area, see Appendix A of the ERIC Selection Policy or the Journal and Non-Journal Lists by topic area.

How can I get my journal or non-journal materials indexed in ERIC?

ERIC conducts formal reviews twice per year to consider sources of journal articles, reports, conference papers, and other materials for indexing. ERIC reviews new potential sources against the ERIC Selection Policy. Before nominating a source, please review the policy to see if your material satisfies the requirements. If so, send an email to Please include the journal title, publisher, and ISSN (if applicable), or your association or organization name, and a link to sample content, if possible. If the source is selected, ERIC will reach out to the publisher of a selected source to seek permission to regularly index the content.

For more information on ERIC’s source selection policies and processes, see our video and recorded webinar and videos.

What is the process for getting materials indexed in ERIC?

When ERIC and a publisher have an agreement in place, the ERIC team acquires the content and creates a bibliographic record with an abstract for each document or journal article. Records for newly indexed content are regularly added to the collection.

The infographic PDF on ERIC How Research Becomes an ERIC Recordand the recorded webinar below walk through the steps for content to get indexed in ERIC.

How do I submit my paper, report, or article to be indexed in ERIC?

Authors may use the ERIC online submission system found at The ERIC journal and non-journal source lists should be checked first to make sure the author’s work is not from a source regularly indexed by ERIC. Publishers or editors should not use the online

submission system. If they are interested in having their source indexed in ERIC, they should email

Can publishers get metrics on the usage of their content in ERIC?

Yes. ERIC provides publishers with a metrics report showing how often the bibliographic records for their content have been viewed and the full text downloaded (if full-text display has been permitted) on the ERIC website. The report covers activity for a six-month period and is sent to publishers in January and July. See our video for more information.

I am a publisher with content indexed in ERIC, but I did not receive a metrics report. Why?

The most likely reason for not receiving a report is that your content did not have any views or downloads during the reporting period. This happens frequently for new sources whose records were recently added to ERIC. You may contact us at to make sure you are on our list of publisher contacts or investigate the cause.

I found a document in ERIC that contains material I find offensive. Can you flag this and similar materials as a warning to users, or remove the PDF from ERIC?

As noted in ERIC’s content disclaimer and the Preservation Policy in the ERIC Selection Policy, the opinions and positions expressed in the content in ERIC are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions and positions of the Institute of Education Sciences or the U.S. Department of Education or an endorsement of the U.S. government. This is not grounds for the removal of an ERIC record or full text.

ERIC is a historical repository, and the collection includes materials that date back more than a century along with current research. The works in ERIC should be viewed within the context of the era in which they were written and used according to the specific needs of the researcher. ERIC does not flag, censure, or remove content from the collection for outdated language or the research contained therein.