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Thomson acquires BIOSIS publishing assets
The Thomson Corporation has announced that it has acquired the publishing assets of Biological Abstracts, Inc. and BIOSIS, including the world’s largest life sciences abstracting and indexing service. BIOSIS offers both custom and standard information resources designed to fit the information needs of researchers, students, and information professionals worldwide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 1926, BIOSIS is the non-profit organization that produces vital databases and services for life sciences research, including Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews and Zoological Record. These databases are made available globally on a wide variety of platforms. The board of BIOSIS will continue to support their new mission under the interim name of The J.R.S. Foundation.
Thomson ISI was selected from a number of potential strategic partners following a detailed review process by the BIOSIS Board. After considering both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, the Board concluded that Thomson ISI is in a unique position “to facilitate the understanding of the living world by helping researchers, educators, students and others access information relevant to the life sciences.”
“We were delighted with the BIOSIS Board’s decision. The acquisition of BIOSIS is in keeping with the Thomson vision to be the leading global provider of integrated information solutions to business and professional customers,” said Mike Tansey, Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Scientific. “The integration of the BIOSIS content with the other Thomson Scientific information resources augments the total information solutions we provide to the scientific community.”
The BIOSIS information services will become part of Thomson ISI, a business unit of Thomson Scientific and Healthcare. The BIOSIS product line will be integrated within ISI Web of Knowledge, the multidisciplinary information solution that facilitates discovery by offering seamless navigation to the highest quality content, evaluation tools, and bibliographic management products.