The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) was created and developed by researchers under the coordination of the European Science Foundation (ESF). Initially the ERIH listed only covered humanities disciplines and were first published by ESF in 2008 and revised in 2011-2012. In 2014, responsibility for the maintenance and operation of ERIH was transferred to the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). The reference index has been renamed ERIH PLUS in order to indicate that it has been extended to include the social sciences. ERIH PLUS does not allocate journals to particular categories but to be included, scientific journals in the humanities and social sciences must meet the benchmark standards.
Examples of discipline specific journal ranking schemes include: