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Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) launches with early success
- 07 Apr 2017

There is fresh momentum in the scholarly publishing world to open up data on the citations that link research publications. Six organisations have announced the establishment of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC). These include OpenCitations, the Wikimedia Foundation, PLOS, eLife, DataCite, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University.

Until recently, the vast majority of citation data were not openly available, even though all major publishers freely share their metadata through the foundational infrastructure provided by Crossref. Before I4OC started, only about 1% of the publications with reference data deposited in Crossref made their references freely available. Now, that figure will jump to 40%.

In recent months, several publishers have made the decision to release these metadata publicly, including the American Geophysical Union, Association for Computing Machinery, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, EMBO Press, Royal Society of Chemistry, SAGE Publishing, Springer Nature, Taylor&Francis, and Wiley. These decisions stem from discussions that have been taking place since a call-to-action to open up citations was made by Dario Taraborelli of the Wikimedia Foundation at the 2016 OASPA Conference on Open-Access Publishing. These publishers join other publishers who have been opening their references through Crossref for some time.

The purpose of I4OC is to coordinate these efforts and to promote the creation of a comprehensive, freely-available corpus of scholarly citation data. Such a corpus will be valuable for new as well as existing services, and will allow many more interested parties to explore, mine, and reuse the data for new knowledge.

The key benefits that arise from a fully open citation dataset include the establishment of a global public web of linked scholarly citation data to enhance the discoverability of published content, both subscription access and open access. This will particularly benefit individuals who are not members of academic institutions with subscriptions to commercial citation databases; the ability to build new services over the open citation data, for the benefit of publishers, researchers, funding agencies, academic institutions and the general public, as well as enhancing existing services; the creation of a public citation graph to explore connections between knowledge fields, and to follow the evolution of ideas and scholarly disciplines.

The Internet Archive, Mozilla, the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and 29 other projects and organisations have formally put their names behind I4OC as stakeholders in support of openly accessible citations.

The creation of I4OC was spearheaded by Jonathan Dugan, Martin Fenner, Jan Gerlach, Catriona MacCallum, Daniel Mietchen, Cameron Neylon, Mark Patterson, Michelle Paulson, Silvio Peroni, David Shotton, and Dario Taraborelli.

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Altmetric becomes only altmetrics provider to offer up-to-the minute citation counts from Web of Science
- 15 Feb 2017

Data science company Altmetric has announced the integration of Clarivate Analytics Web of Science citation data to the Explorer for Institutions (EFI) platform. Altmetric is the only alternative metrics provider to integrate this data, enabling users to compare the academic and broader impacts of a single research output at the click of a button.

Users will now be able to see the Web of Science citation count and up to three citing articles in a new tab in Altmetric details pages accessed via EFI. The details pages provide a full record of all of the online attention Altmetric has tracked for a single research output.

The integration is live now and available to customers who hold a current license to EFI and Web of Science Web Services Lite, Web of Science Web Services Expanded or InCites.

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Emerald journals return strong CiteScore results
- 07 Feb 2017

The new CiteScore metric based on Scopus data has shown that 77% of Emerald's journals in Scopus' Business, Management&Accounting category rank in the top half of all its indexed titles.

According to CiteScore, Emerald is the publisher with the most Business, Management&Accounting titles, with over 16% of the whole sector.

Launched by Elsevier, CiteScore is one of a number of measures that help provide a holistic overview of a Scopus-indexed journal or serial title's performance in Scopus. CiteScore metrics comprise a variety of indicators, making them part of a basket of metrics that provides a more balanced view of journal or serial quality than one indicator alone would.

CiteScore is a simple way of measuring the citation impact of journals and book serials. It calculates the average number of citations received in a calendar year by all items published in that journal in the preceding three years. CiteScore is drawn from over 20,000 journals in its database, which is nearly twice as many as those that are given an Impact Factor.

In addition to the CiteScore, Scopus also provides more granular data on journals in a basket of metrics designed to give researchers more detailed information - the basket of data includes the annual CiteScore metrics, a monthly CiteScore Tracker, CiteScore Quartile and CiteScore Percentile.

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Clarivate Analytics selected to provide research metrics from Web of Science for the National Institutional Ranking Framework
- 17 Nov 2016

Clarivate Analytics, formerly the IP&Science business of Thomson Reuters, was selected to provide research metrics from Web of ScienceTM for the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). Data from the Web of Science will be one of the multiple parameters used to analyze over 3,000 academic institutions and rank them based on a combined framework developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Clarivate will conduct this analysis in collaboration with the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and INFLIBNET, as formalized in a three-part Memorandum of Understanding.

The Indian government plans to release its ranking in April of 2017. In addition to an overall ranking, it will include rankings within specific disciplines such as engineering, medicine, pharmacy, architecture, law and management.

A key change in the NIRF for 2017 is the inclusion of research quality metrics in granting the research score to each institute. The Category Normalized Citation Impact is one such research quality metric. This normalizes the citation count for each article for publication year and subject category. An additional research quality metric used is the number of highly cited papers as featured in the Web of Science database. This recognizes the leading papers in a particular field based on the number of citations it has received.

The Web of Science database provides a single destination to access the most reliable, integrated, multidisciplinary research. Used by over 7,000 research organisations across the world, Web of Science consists of seven citation databases including sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities covering impactful scientific research from scholarly books, journals, conference proceedings, published data sets and patents. Web of Science data has been used in other global rankings such as Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, Reuters Top 100 most innovative Asian universities and the CWTS Leiden Ranking.

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ASME journal selected for inclusion in a Thomson Reuters Web of Science Core Collection
- 11 Aug 2016

Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing, a publication of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), has been selected for inclusion in a Thomson Reuters international database of leading scholarly journals.

Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing will be covered in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science Core Collection, a renowned citation database which lists more than 12,700 technical journals spanning varied professional fields and disciplines.

Users of Web of Science employ the powerful database as a search tool to track prior research, analyse trends, identify researchers and business leaders, and gain insights into emerging technologies. The journal will be indexed and abstracted in Thomson Reuters' new Emerging Sources Citation Index, which will allow the ASME publication to enjoy increased visibility and credibility in emerging scientific fields.

Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing compiles scholarly peer-reviewed papers focusing on theoretical and applied research in the areas of micro- and nano-manufacturing related to process innovation, accuracy and precision, material utilization, compact equipment development, environmental and life-cycle analysis, and predictive modeling of manufacturing processes.

The Society's Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications is also cited in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science Core Collection.

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