Database Publishing

History of NISC Database Publishing

NISC started as a bibliographic database company in 1995 and it is still a core part of our business. The digitisation process started in 1985 and resulted in the development of a bibliographic database, named FISHLIT. In 1995, the FISHLIT database was licensed by National Inquiry Services Corporation Inc. of Maryland, USA (NISC USA) and a sister company, NISC, was launched in South Africa. From here, NISC South Africa expanded, acquiring the WATERLit database and developing a further five databases covering a variety of subjects. NISC databases have been closely associated with our partner companies, NISC USA, which handled distribution in the USA (subsequently bought by EBSCO Information Services), and NISC Export Service Pvt. Ltd. in Hyderabad, India, which plays a role in the electronic compilation process.

Features of NISC Databases

  • NISC databases are bibliographic in nature, this means that they contain the basic article metadata as well as custom indexing which allows researchers to efficiently search for and obtain information relevant to their specific field of study.
  • Our databases are under constant development to ensure coverage of new literature and emerging research trends and updated quarterly.
  • NISC databases offer coverage of unique grey literature sources making them a valuable tool when searching for information not covered by conventional literature.
  • NISC uses specialist software to index and compile its databases. This allows for the harvesting and compiling metadata from a variety of digital sources, removal of duplicate records and enables indexers to engage with the materials in order to create an enriched final composite record.
  • Each article is carefully indexed by a team of subject specialists who are able to associate appropriate search terms to each record. A second review and verification process by a supervising subject specialist helps ensure that NISC database records are of highest quality.


All our databases are hosted on EBSCOhost, a leading search platform offering superior search functionality.

Compiling Databases

NISC licenses quality database content from a range of third party suppliers. NISC is constantly in search of new and exciting databases to include in existing products or to use in the development of new database products. If you have a unique bibliographic database that you would like to publish with NISC or include in a current NISC database contact us.

Current Databases

NISC currently produces three extensive bibliographic databases which offer comprehensive coverage of the available literature within the coverage area:

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The biggest development in the history of Quaestiones Mathematicae was the association with NISC and to have the journal running in a very stable way without severe financial concerns.
- Barry Green, QM Editor
The review process is quick and is being done within the reasonable time. After acceptance, NISC is also quick enough to send proofs and is very efficiently publishes the accepted paper online before its print version.

- Author - Southern Forests: A Journal of Forest Science
The paper was wonderfully laid out and rapidly published
- Author- Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology
The editorial experience was excellent: the reviewers were timely and their feedback was generative. The co-editor of the special issue was proactive about communicating information to me. In latter stages, the staff that shepherded the essay through the copy-editing stages was also very helpful and in good contact.
- Author - Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies
The proofs look great! Thank you so much. The efficiency of the journal now is really excellent. Easy to work with, and so thorough. I appreciate it.
- Regular SAJP Author on his first interaction with NISC