New version of ISI Web of Knowledge

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



(2004), "New version of ISI Web of Knowledge", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 5.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

New version of ISI Web of Knowledge

New version of ISI Web of Knowledge

The Thomson Corporation has announced the new release of ISI Web of Knowledge – the world-renowned information solution that now offers the most direct route to scholarly discovery. Resulting from two years of design, with close collaboration with researchers and librarians worldwide, the enhanced ISI Web of Knowledge offers new personalization features for authors, more sophisticated search tools for advanced researchers, a more intuitive interface for novices, streamlined integration capabilities, and new journal analysis tools for libraries.

With content back to 1945, a wealth of multidisciplinary content, and the ISI-pioneered cited reference searching, Web of Science is the leading scientific information resource of choice for information professionals and researchers worldwide. The upgraded version of Web of Science is even more effortless for researchers, with “one-click” searching and open linking, easy-to-use term indexes, and new navigational aids. Notable among a host of new features are:

  • a new “Analyze tool” allows Web of Science users to analyse and refine results by author, publication year, journal subject category, institution and language or source title;

  • “Citation alerts” that allow users to easily track citation activity for their chosen works without creating a search; and

  • “Unique cited reference searching” offers a simple, step-based search of more than 33 million records, complemented by the ability to navigate shared citations.

From its inception, ISI Web of Knowledge has offered seamless navigation to the highest-quality, multidisciplinary journal, proceedings, patent and Web content via CrossSearch.

New customer-driven functionality in CrossSearch enables a more intuitive accessibility of specific products, saved search histories, the multidisciplinary information resources within the platform, and valuable external collections – delivering only the most essential and relevant information directly to the researcher’s desktops. Library staff will also appreciate new linking capabilities, including DOI-based linking to hundreds of publishers and support for multiple OPAC links.

Covering more than 7,500 of the world’s most highly-cited, peer-reviewed science and social sciences journals in approximately 200 disciplines, Journal Citation Reports on the Web (JCR Web) is the only journal evaluation resource, providing statistical information based on citation data. The new JCR Web delivers enhanced navigation and data display, offering more tools for informed analysis. These include:

  • links from the journal record and the cited and citing journals list, allowing users to navigate the relationship of journals by citation or subject;

  • links from the journal record to a library’s OPAC record, enabling users to identify holdings; and

  • graphical display of the cited journal data shows the contribution of journal self-citations to journal performance metrics, and provides insights into how “Impact factor”, “Cited half-life” and “Immediacy index” relate to total citations.

In addition, the 2003 impact factors will be released to coincide with the launch of the new version of JCR Web.

“Since being founded in 1958, ISI (now a business of The Thomson Corporation) has been the pioneer and leader in abstracting and indexing and citation data collection. Well known for producing the highest-quality information solutions, the latest enhancements to ISI Web of Knowledge demonstrate our continued commitment to listening and responding to our customers,” said Keith MacGregor, executive vice-president of Academic & Government Markets, Thomson Scientific. “There is an abundance of information available. What has and continues to distinguish us is our dedication to providing the scholarly community with the highest-quality content, and tools and technologies for conducting world-class research.”

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