Thomson ISI and NEC team up to index Web-based scholarship

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Thomson ISI and NEC team up to index Web-based scholarship", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 3.



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Thomson ISI and NEC team up to index Web-based scholarship

Thomson ISI and NEC team up to index Web-based scholarship

Thomson ISI and NEC Laboratories America (NEC) have announced their collaboration to create a comprehensive, multidisciplinary citation index for Web-based scholarly resources. The new Web Citation Index will combine a suite of technologies developed by NEC, including “autonomous citation indexing” tools from NEC’s CiteSeer environment, with the capabilities underlying ISI Web of Knowledge. Thomson ISI editors will carefully monitor the quality of this new resource to ensure all indexed material meets the Thomson ISI high-quality standards.

During 2004, Thomson ISI and NEC will operate a pilot of the new resource to receive feedback from the scientific and scholarly community. Full access to the index is projected for early 2005.

When fully operational, the new resource will be a unique content collection within ISI Web of Knowledge. It will complement the Thomson ISI Web of Science, and provide researchers with a new gateway to discovery using citation relationships among Web-based documents, such as pre-prints, proceedings, and “open access” research publications.

The collaboration with NEC is one in a series of Thomson ISI developments aimed at the open access community:

  • pioneering the indexing of open access publications: currently, 21 open access journals have been judged to be of sufficiently high quality to be indexed in Web of Science;

  •, the free, online gateway to the world’s most cited and influential scientific authors in a Web-based environment; and

  • federated searching through ISI Web of Knowledge enables users to simultaneously search publicly available scholarly resources and their entire collection of disparate databases through a single intuitive interface.

James Pringle, Vice President for Development at Thomson ISI, said:

  • Today, we are seeing impressive shifts in the nature of scholarly communications. During this transformation, our mission remains the same: to provide researchers with access to the highest-quality content available, no matter what medium or business model supports it. We are delighted to be able to work with a company that was at the forefront of helping scientists learn about the work of their peers.

Robert Millstein, President, NEC Laboratories America, said:

  • Bringing together NEC CiteSeer’s ability to automatically find and index research papers on the Web and the impressive Thomson ISI editorial experience and technology will create an outstanding citation resource for the emerging world of scientific communications. Our collaboration with Thomson will enable us to significantly improve and enhance the NEC CiteSeer service for the research community.

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