The primary goal of the Index to Chiropractic Literature is to provide indexing of the peer-reviewed literature produced by chiropractic publishers. (See Journals Indexed in ICL.) Other journals to which writers may wish to submit articles for publication are listed in our section entitled Free Peer Reviewed Journals.
ICL is indexed by members of the Chiropractic Library Collaboration (CLC), a subgroup of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. CLC members are health sciences librarians from chiropractic colleges throughout the world.
Subject terms for ICL records are taken from CLC’s thesaurus (ChiroSH: Chiropractic Subject Headings, 6th ed 2009) and from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). For our indexing policies, see Inclusion Policies for Index to Chiropractic Literature.
ICL provides full bibliographic records, and abstracts are reproduced with publishers’ permissions. We provide Web links where available. Most full text is available by subscription only; for subscription information link to journal publishers (individual journal entries in ICL Journals). Selected articles are available free online, and this is noted in individual records. For more information about Open Access resources, see our Open Access Library.
For a comprehensive history of ICL, see: Harvey PJ. Index to Chiropractic Literature: Twenty -five years of progress. Chiropr Hist 2008 Sum;28(1):83-93. Download the article [publisher permission granted]
For links to chiropractic organizations, to databases for searching the literature in related health professions, and to explore high quality Web resources selected by chiropractic librarians, see Web Resources.