[Purposes] This paper aims to explore the strategies of English scientific journals in China indexed in ESCI, and provide references for other English scientific journals in China. [Methods] Thirty-one journals indexed in ESCI in 2016 were selected as the sample. Data were collected and analyzed on journal publication period, collaboration with international publishers, indexing by other relevant databases, percentage of overseas editorial board members, and citation influence. [Findings] Most journals are published quarterly or bimonthly. They cooperate with international publishers and use international manuscript online systems to deal with the submissions. Besides applying to ESCI, they also contact other databases such as Scopus. International editorial board plays an important role in improving journal impact. ESCI journals pay attention to article citations in a bid to strengthen their competitiveness and be indexed in SCIE. [Conclusions] It is suggested that English scientific journals in China draw on the experience of ESCI journals as coverage in ESCI is important to improve journal impact.
Indexed in database,
Strategy for running journal,