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Aries Systems and Allen Press expand partnership for exclusive peer review technology
- 01 May 2019

Aries Systems and Allen Press have announced the expansion of an existing partnership and licensing agreement which will make Editorial Manager® the exclusive peer review system powering Allen Press’ PeerTrack™.

Allen Press and Aries have partnered since 2007 to provide Authors, Reviewers, and Editors with market-leading peer review, submission, and production technology. Allen Press’ comprehensive suite of high-quality scholarly publishing services provides the STEM community with an onshore, full-service vendor that can manage the publishing process from submission to publication. This exclusive agreement will make Editorial Manager’s highly configurable, flexible technology the backbone of PeerTrack™, allowing users to further streamline workflows, automate communications, make hundreds of configuration changes on-the-fly, and effectively measure results.

Allen Press and Aries staff will provide comprehensive support and training for the many titles that will transition to the Editorial Manager® platform in 2019. Once complete, the nearly 200 journals utilizing PeerTrack™ will benefit from Aries’ bi-annual software upgrades and innovative technology solutions, such as Editor decision support tools, third-party integrations, automated extraction of Author manuscript data, and much more.

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Aries Systems offers author and reviewer with time saving transfer solutions
- 22 Apr 2019

When Author manuscripts are rejected by a journal, they often must repeat the submission process on one or more subsequent journals. Reviewers face the issue of repeating reviews for the same content if selected again. Both contribute to a great loss of time and effort, and can leave Authors and Reviewers less willing to resubmit their work.

Aries Systems offers seamless transfer of data between publications to solve this issue. Within Editorial Manager, Editors are able to reject and transfer to another journal with Author and/or Reviewer consent.

Transfer of a manuscript is most commonly triggered at one of two points during the editorial process. If the manuscript does not meet the journal’s format standards or is not a good fit for that journal’s scope, rejection with option to transfer may occur after initial submission. Request for transfer is also likely following the results of peer review, after Editors weigh Reviewer comments.

If the recipient journal is also a user of Editorial Manager, then all submission items and previous peer review comments (if permitted by the Reviewer) may be included in the transfer package. This saves a significant amount of time and effort for both Authors and Reviewers, and gives the recipient publication a good head start.

Aries aims to support all Authors, Editors and Reviewers in the industry, and therefore has actively taken part in the Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA). This cross-organisational industry initiative strives to facilitate and standardise multiple types of manuscript exchange to avoid loss of important data during transfer. New Editorial Manager functionality supports an import/export method that conforms to MECA standards, making the transfer process simpler and more efficient across different peer review platforms.

Regardless of the manuscript and peer review system, Aries strives to offer transfer solutions to streamline the process and reduce duplication of effort across the board.

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Aries Systems unveils new product to facilitate editorial tasks
- 20 Mar 2019

Aries Systems Corporation, a technology supplier to the scholarly publishing community, has announced the launch of Task Manager–the latest product to join its suite of workflow tools and solutions - Editorial Manager®, ProduXion Manager®, and Commerce Manager.

As part of continued industry innovation, Aries Systems has developed Task Manager to work seamlessly with Editorial Manager®, an online manuscript submission and peer-review system, to enable editorial task workflows. An easy, straightforward way to add tasks to editorial workflows, Task Manager facilitates assignment and tracking of important editorial activities prior to production and at any time in the workflow. Such items vary widely by publication, but some examples may include: language edits, artwork quality check, copyright check, conflict of interest form deposit, preprint server deposit, and much more.

Task Manager will clarify assignment workflows, preventing confusion between editorial and production staff and ultimately decreasing time to publication by allowing more tasks to be completed upstream, rather than waiting until production is initiated.

The development of Task Manager is a result of the more than $6 million that Aries invests in new technology each year. Aries’ workflow solutions are used by thousands of scholarly publications to process millions of manuscripts worldwide.

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Norway’s UNIT selects Web of Science Data to power National Bibliometrics database
- 19 Mar 2019

Norway’s UNIT (the Directorate for ICT and joint services in higher education and research), working on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research, has chosen the Web of Science Group as its sole data provider for a new national research evaluation project.

The Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, will deliver a new National Infrastructure for Bibliometrics, comprised of bibliometric data from worldwide scientific publications prepared specifically for research, analysis and reporting. The National Infrastructure for Bibliometrics will help Norway further develop its competencies in bibliometrics, allowing academics, institutions and research funders to more easily understand and compare domestic and international research.

The Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) will be the first research institution to benefit from The National Infrastructure for Bibliometrics. The data will be used in NIFU's work for the Research Council.

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Charlesworth Author Services partners with Aries Systems to adopt Editorial Manager Ingest Service
- 13 Mar 2019

Online submission system provider Aries Systems has announced a new submission partnership with Charlesworth Author Services.

Charlesworth Author Services will adopt Editorial Manager’s Ingest Service 2.0, an updated and improved method for automatically ingesting Author manuscripts into Editorial Manager. The Editorial Manager Ingest Service leverages JATS XML to transfer files and metadata directly from third-party tools and services into Editorial Manager, offering a comprehensive, time-saving solution for Authors. The new partnership will allow Authors using Charlesworth’s language polishing services to seamlessly submit their manuscripts and accompanying metadata from within the Charlesworth Author dashboard directly to Editorial Manager.

Charlesworth Author Services will join a growing list of submission partners now leveraging Ingest 2.0 capabilities, including bioRxiv, Chronos, Edanz, and Overleaf.

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Clarivate Analytics to provide citation data during REF 2021
- 15 Nov 2018

The UK's four higher education (HE) funding bodies have awarded Clarivate Analytics' Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) a contract to provide Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 assessment panels with citation information.

This information includes data about the number of times a scholarly publication has been cited in other scholarly publications - called citation counts. Eleven of REF 2021's 34 expert panels have said they plan to use citation data to inform the peer review process during the assessment phase of REF 2021.

A team at ISI will match publication records, which higher education institutions (HEIs) will submit to REF 2021, to an online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service called the Web of Science.

They will collaborate with REF 2021's expert panels to work out which additional information will help them make their decisions and make sure the citation counts they provide can be reviewed in a meaningful way.

Panels will use the principles set out in The Metric Tide in their use of the data. The Metric Tide, published in July 2015, looked in detail at the potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators, exploring the use of metrics within institutions and across disciplines. The team at Research England that runs the REF on behalf of the HE funding bodies will also support the panels to make sure the metrics are used responsibly.

In the interests of transparency, institutions submitting during REF 2021 will be able to view the citation counts for items they plan to submit to the REF in the relevant units of assessment and confirm that a correct match has been obtained.

ISI will build an Application Programming Interface (API) tool for UK universities to provide their assessment data easily and efficiently. To ensure openness and transparency, ISI will also create a web portal based on the API tool that will enable users to review citation data outside of the REF submissions system. Further information about the provision of citation data will be provided to HEIs in 2019.

The award to Clarivate Analytics follows a formal tender process.

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Clarivate Analytics and the Moroccan National Center for Scientific and Technical Research partner to enhance national vision of research and innovation
- 07 Nov 2018

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, has partnered with the Moroccan National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) to firmly place Moroccan research on the global scientific map. CNRST is a public institution formed by the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education and is responsible for the promotion, development, and enhancement of national scientific research.

Through this partnership, researchers from all 13 public universities in Morocco will have access to the Web of Science, the world’s most trusted bibliometric platform, and InCites, a world-class benchmarking and analytics tool. In striving for scientific excellence, the aim of the partnership is to help enhance the quality of national research output, improve the global visibility of Moroccan journals and support the visibility and ranking of the country’s universities.

This partnership will run over a three year period.

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Clarivate Analytics and UNSILO partner to pilot AI capabilities in ScholarOne
- 03 Oct 2018

Clarivate Analytics, a leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, and UNSILO have announced a partnership to pilot artificial intelligence capabilities in ScholarOne, a manuscript submission and review system.

Adoption of artificial intelligence during submission and peer review has been slow. The partnership aims to change that by rapidly developing and testing UNSILO's Manuscript Evaluation features in ScholarOne. The pilot will focus on decision support features for editors, improving the performance of paper screening with the potential to save millions of hours in peer review time.

It is the first step in an ambitious effort to push the boundaries of applying artificial intelligence to help people evaluate content before and after submission to publications. It will evolve the role of ScholarOne in the scholarly domain from a workflow system to decision support, and leverage a number of unique Clarivate Analytics' capabilities and expertise.

Together, the companies will explore ways AI can automate manual processes and provide deeper insights to support decision making. UNSILO and Clarivate Analytics will jointly reveal some very early pilot designs and demonstrate real-time functioning software during Frankfurt Book Fair, October 11-14.

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Wiley and Clarivate Analytics partner to launch new open peer review workflow
- 14 Sep 2018

John Wiley and Sons Inc., a global leader in education and scholarly research; Publons, a peer review platform; and ScholarOne, a manuscript submission system, have announced the launch of the scholarly industry's first scalable open peer review workflow. Academic journals have faced a number of practical difficulties to adopt such models, hindered by complex and established workflows. Through this partnership, Wiley, ScholarOne, and Publons - both part of Clarivate Analytics - have developed a robust and seamless solution to these challenges.

Beginning with Wiley's prestigious journal Clinical Genetics, this is the first open peer review initiative to develop a scalable model applicable to diverse publishing processes. The comprehensive workflow provides alignment to best-practice data privacy regulation, ensuring the individual preferences of authors, peer reviewers and journals are met.

The new workflow enables transparent publication of an article's complete peer review process - from initial review and response through to revision and final publication decision. Alongside the published article, readers can now review a comprehensive peer review history. Each element of the peer review process has also been assigned its own digital object identifier (DOI), enabling future authors to easily reference and cite relevant peer review content.

This initiative will roll out to other journals, publishers and submission systems in the future, in line with Publons' publisher-neutral stance.

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LetPub opts for Editorial Manager Ingest Service
- 07 Sep 2018

Online submission system provider Aries Systems has announced that LetPub will join a growing list of submission partners using the Editorial Manager Ingest Service.

The partnership will enable authors using LetPub's editing, illustration, formatting, translation, and multimodal research communication services to submit files and metadata to Editorial Manager with a single click.

LetPub will utilise Editorial Manager Ingest 2.0, the updated and improved Ingest Service which features greater workflow visibility, access to more detailed notifications, and streamlined revision submission.

LetPub joins many other EM Ingest Submission Partners including Editage, Overleaf, Manuscripts, bioRxiv, Enago, Edanz, and publisher-branded submission portals.

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CSIRO selects Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science to boost Australia’s research discovery
- 05 Jul 2018

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's independent federal government agency responsible for scientific research, has selected Web of Science as a key resource for research discovery.

CSIRO is Australia's catalyst for innovation; collaborating with 3,000 customers each year to innovate and create value to the Australian economy. These include Australian federal, state and local government bodies; small, medium and large businesses; Australian universities and more than 150 international partners.

The unique collection of resources in Web of Science will provide CSIRO's 5,000 staff with the highest quality metrics for research discovery. The index contains more than 150 million records from 33,000 journals and is the world's most trusted and largest citation index across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

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Clarivate Analytics releases enhanced 2018 Journal Citation Reports
- 26 Jun 2018

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate innovation, has announced the 2018 update of its Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The latest update incorporates new analyses that offer richer, more detailed information to enhance users' understanding of journal performance. These additional insights will help researchers, publishers, editors, librarians and funders to explore the key drivers of a journal's value for diverse audiences, making better use of the data and metrics from the citation index database.

The JCR claims to be the world's most influential and trusted resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and is the leading source of annual journal metrics and indicators, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). The reports comprise citation data, impact and influence metrics and indicators and more than 90 million data points in Web of Science.

The JCR relies on the core asset of the citation indexes (the same data the Web of Science is built on). This year, the JIF and other indicators have been significantly strengthened with article-level insights and a wide range of additional benefits. These include re-designed and enhanced journal profile pages to better understand the content, regions, and institutions that make a journal influential; document-level transparency for the JIF and new indicators to validate and understand the calculation of the JIF, and identify the contribution of different content types to journal citation performance and see the journals and articles that influence journal performance; Citation network expansion - Citations to JCR journals will now include the contribution of the Book Citation Index; and new contextual information which includes the addition of geographical data of authors and a list of top contributing institutions, demonstrates the global community of the publication.

The 2018 JCR comprise 11,655 journal listings across 234 disciplines. Eighty countries were represented. 276 journals received their first JIF. 20 journals were suppressed to ensure the integrity of the reports (14 for Journal Self-Citation, six for Citation Stacking). Suppressed journals are re-evaluated with each year's data update for re-listing in the JCR. Over 64 million references are reported in the JCR, with nearly 10 million in the JIF calculation alone. The inclusion of all references from the 2017 content of the Book Citation Index accounted for 1.2 million Science citations (118 k in the JIF), and 303 k Social Sciences Citations (18 k in the JIF). While the numerical contribution of these books is small, the expansion of the citation network reported is significant, showing how books and journals function as integrated resources in scholarly communication.

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Edanz partners with Aries Systems to adopt Editorial Manager Ingest Service for its Author Path product
- 18 Jan 2018

Author services company Edanz has announced a partnership with Aries Systems to adopt the Editorial Manager Ingest Service for its Author Path product.

The Edanz Author Path was launched in beta last April in both English and Chinese. This partnership means authors using the Author Path, will be able to submit files and metadata associated with their manuscripts to the thousands of journals using Editorial Manager with a single click.

The EM Ingest Service was further enhanced by 'Ingest 2.0' available in version 14.1. Extended functionality includes the tools necessary for services and submission partner tools, including Author Path, and publisher portals to further curate the author's submission experience.

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Clarivate Analytics' citation data now integrated into DeepDyve’s online rental service for scientific and scholarly research
- 03 Nov 2017

DeepDyve and Clarivate Analytics have announced that Clarivate Analytics' citation data is now integrated into DeepDyve's online rental service for scientific and scholarly research.

Articles from the Web of Science that appear on DeepDyve will now include a Times Cited feature indicating how many times those articles have been cited. These real-time citation metrics, powered by Web of Science, enable users to quickly assess the authority and impact of a given article and focus their research efforts accordingly. Additionally, users will be able to link directly to the Web of Science in order to learn more about its features and capabilities.

With an estimated 2 million new scholarly articles published annually, researchers are challenged with keeping pace with the latest findings relevant to their projects. Citation frequency is a valuable measure of how widely accepted an article is within the scientific community, however, this data can be difficult to aggregate and analyse. Clarivate Analytics makes this citation data integral to the DeepDyve workflow.

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Editorial Manager Version 14.1 includes updated Author Submission Interface capable of automated metadata extraction
- 29 Sep 2017

Online submission system provider Aries Systems has announced that Editorial Manager, Version 14.1, now in Beta release, includes an updated Author Submission Interface capable of extracting key metadata from Authors' submitted Microsoft Word documents so as to automatically populate key system fields. The new interface simplifies submission by reducing the amount of time that authors spend re-keying submission data, and will lead to more accurate submission metadata for publishers.

The updated Author Submission Interface rolls out in response to feedback from customers, including a requirement for XML as early as possible in the workflow. Through the updated interface, the fields extractable from Author submitted Word files include: title, co-authors & affiliations, and abstract.

Editorial Manager is projected to be a submission and peer review system, and is in use by thousands of scholarly journals globally. New versions roll out twice a year.

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Clarivate Analytics and REDIB collaborate to strengthen support for Ibero-American research
- 07 Sep 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the global provider of trusted insights and analytics to enable the research ecosystem to accelerate discovery, has announced a collaboration with the Red Iberoamericana de Innovación y Conocimiento Científico (REDIB), to deepen the REDIB platform. The collaboration specifically includes enriching the REDIB journal records indexed within Web of Science Core Collection and providing a journal ranking based on this data enhancement.

REDIB is a platform for aggregating scientific and academic content in electronic formats produced in the Ibero-American space, in Spanish, Portuguese, or any other language relevant to each academic community. The REDIB has a clear purpose: promoting technological innovation in publishing-output tools. This purpose, combined with the value coming from Web of Science Core Collection journal indexing and insights, reinforces the continued focus that Clarivate places on supporting researchers and the researcher ecosystem, from discovery through publishing.

REDIB is the initiative of a joint venture of CSIC and Universia. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the Spanish National Research Council, a government agency and the largest state institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Universia is the largest network of universities in Ibero-America. It comprises 1,407 universities in 23 countries, totaling 19.9 million students and teaching staff.

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Clarivate Analytics to be exclusive provider of Web of Science citation data to Australian Research Council for ERA 2018
- 22 Aug 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the global provider of trusted insights and analytics to enable the research ecosystem to accelerate discovery, will provide citation data to the Australian Research Council (ARC), a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government that provides advice on research matters, administers the National Competitive Grants Program and administers Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Web of Science will be the exclusive source of citation data for the ARC to use when assessing the quality of research at Australian higher education institutions in the 2018 round of ERA. This exercise includes evaluations informed by a range of indicators including citation metrics and peer review, with a focus on those relating most clearly to the quality of research outputs.

Through ERA, the ARC identifies excellence in research by comparing Australia's university research outputs against international benchmarks, creating incentives to improve the quality of research and identifying emerging research areas and opportunities for further development. Using Web of Science data, the ARC exercise will be supported with high quality and accurate data as well as coverage of key relevant journals to identify and promote Australian research excellence.

As the country's national research evaluation framework, ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia's 42 higher education institutions. The ARC has responsibility for ERA, which provides the government, universities, industry and prospective students with valuable information about academic research performance in Australia, nationally and internationally, for all discipline areas.

ERA promotes high-quality research to benefit Australian society and drive the country's innovation and economic growth. For more information about ERA and ERA 2018, visit: http://www.arc.gov.au/excellence-research-australia.

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Aries Systems and HighWire Press announce data partnership
- 06 Jul 2017

Online submission system provider Aries Systems and scholarly publishing company HighWire Press have announced a data partnership to help publishers assess their manuscript pipeline, editorial policies, and strategic plans.

Publishers using Aries' Editorial Manager® Enterprise Analytics Reporting tool will now benefit from an automated data export to Impact Vizor, HighWire's data visualisation platform for editorial and business analytics. Aries has created a short video illustrating how simple it is to refresh article submission and decision data to Impact Vizor for the most up to date analysis.

The Rejected Article Tracker within Impact Vizor lets publishers compare article citation rates for published and rejected articles that are later published elsewhere. Publishers have used Impact Vizor to evaluate how well peer review practices help editors identify significant research. A publisher found that articles which require a higher level of effort during peer review can generate at least as many citations, and sometimes more, than the average cites per article for the publication.

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Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors Press adopts Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager
- 05 Jul 2017

Online submission system provider Aries Systems, US, has announced the adoption of Editorial Manager by the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE) Press.

KAMJE Press, which is operated by XMLink, is the publishing component of the KAMJE, a membership association with 256 member journals. KAMJE Press supports over 70 journals, and will kick-off the transition to EM for submission and peer review this summer.

Among the prestigious KAMJE Press titles transitioning to EM are the Association’s flagship titles, including Journal of the Korean Medical Science, Journal of Periodontal and Implant Science, Korean Journal of Anesthesiology, Journal of Endocrine Surgery, Korean Circulation Journal, and Obstetrics and Gynecology Science.

KAMJE Press journals using EM will also benefit from local language support made available through the Korea-based XMLink.

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SAE International adopts Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager manuscript service for Journals and Technical Paper process
- 26 Jun 2017

SAE International has adopted Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager® system for use with its Journals and Written-Only Technical Paper process. Editorial Manager is a cloud-based manuscript submission and peer-review tracking system for scholarly journals, reference works, books and other publications.

The new system will provide a more user-friendly experience for SAE International journal and written-only paper authors and reviewers.

The new Editorial Manager system will save time for users; provide only one version of a paper at any one time for review – resulting in a more clear and concise process; allow associate editors to see all potential peer reviewers at one time (grouped by category/subject expertise) – making the selection process easier; allow an easier tracking process – authors will be able to see what is happening with their papers at all times, and associate editors and Editors-in-Chief will see at a glance the status and action needed for each assigned paper; offer a double-blind peer review process for all submissions; and provide automatic schedule reminders.

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Industry initiative for manuscript transfer officially named MECA
- 19 Jun 2017

The cross-organisational industry initiative previously called Common Manuscript Transfer Protocol has been officially named MECA, which stands for Manuscript Exchange Common Approach. In addition to the project's name change, other updates include formal launch via a presentation at SSP, and the announcement of a new website.

MECA strives to facilitate and standardise multiple types of manuscript exchange, including: submission system-to-submission system; preprint server-to-submission system; authoring tool-to-submission system; and submission system-to-production services.

Editorial Manager already supports all of these exchange options using JATS, but Aries welcomes an industry-based approach.

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Clarivate Analytics unveils 2017 Journal Citation Reports
- 15 Jun 2017

Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, has released the 2017 Journal Citation Reports (JCR), an annual update of the most influential and comprehensive resource for information on highly cited, peer-reviewed publications and the source of Journal Impact Factor (JIF) scores.

Since 1973, the JCR has provided an assessment of a journal's standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of statistical information, which only a publisher-independent company such as Clarivate Analytics, can provide. The analysis comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science, the citation index in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.

The JCR offers a variety of metrics to analyse journal activity - from open access to ranking top journals by disciplines, further enabling publishers, editors and researchers to better understand and measure the impact of their activities on addressing issues such as global health and climate change through their research.

Despite the thousands of papers published on climate change, controversy still lingers. To help add clarity to what the research data is revealing, the JCR identifies the top five research fields in climate change as Environmental Sciences, Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences-Multidisciplinary, Ecology and Geography-Physical.

The 2017 JCR release, which represents 2016 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,459 journal listings in 236 disciplines with 81 countries represented. A total of 132 journals received their first JIF in this report; 66 percent of journals saw a year-over-year increase in their JIF and 33 percent saw a decrease. These high-impact journals are at the heart of the Web of Science, the most comprehensive network of citations of over 33,000 journals.

The Journal Impact Factor is the ratio of 2016 citations to articles published in that journal in the two previous years. To ensure the JIF remains transparent to the research community, Web of Science will provide direct links to the source documents comprising the JIF denominator in later 2017. In addition, with 2018 JCR release, direct links will also extend to the JIF numerator.

As Clarivate Analytics continues to accelerate its investment in innovation, reinforced by the acquisition of Publons, the release of the JCR also includes new enhancements such as Percent Citable Items and new filters making analysis of the JCR easier. Percent Citable Items shows the percentage of a journal's content that is considered 'citable' for the JIF calculation.

JCR is available on InCites, an integrated web-based platform powered by data from the Web of Science. It is used for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions and researchers.

In addition, JCR Journal Impact Factor Quartile metrics will be added to InCites Benchmarking & Analytics. Institutions evaluating the impact of their research can use journal quartiles to better understand the portion of their faculty's output that is published in top journals, as well as track changes over time.

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The 2017 CWTS Leiden Ranking uses Web of Science data from Clarivate Analytics
- 22 May 2017

The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017 has shared insights into the scientific performance of over 900 worldwide universities from 54 different countries. The ranking looks at all universities worldwide with more than 1,000 fractionally counted Web of Science indexed core publications between 2012 and 2015.

The ranking provides statistics on the scientific impact of universities and their involvement in scientific collaboration, and is based exclusively on bibliographic data from the Web of Science database of Clarivate Analytics, an independent company focused on enabling research excellence and driving real-world outcomes.

Many universities pay attention to these and other rankings as part of their decision-making processes. While they can be considered controversial, once rankings are published, many universities share their place in the list as a way to promote their institution.

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Russia's Ministry of Education and Science partners with Clarivate Analytics to expand Web of Science access to 1,600 institutions across Russia
- 20 Apr 2017

Clarivate Analytics, the source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, in partnership with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, has expanded its Web of Science coverage from 300 to 1,600 institutions across the Russian Federation. This will empower its scientists and prepare a new generation of scholars with the needed tools and advice to advance their research and dramatically increase global impact.

With a multi-year agreement in place between Clarivate and the Russian Ministry, academic institutions now have full access to the Web of Science, the premier web-based platform for scientific and scholarly research, to better inform their efforts and connect with similar researchers throughout the world. This includes historical data going back to 1975 as well as the unique Russian Science Citation Index, for a number of state public libraries. It also includes the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), which is growing to over 7,500 journal titles, and releasing a 10-year archive for the index later this year. Clarivate recently announced this commitment to investing in its industry-leading products, one of which is the Web of Science.

Access to the Web of Science allows Russian universities and institutes to co-operate with world leaders of science on an equal footing, helping them see the entire landscape of research results and getting well-versed in what both Russian and foreign colleagues are doing.

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SAE International adopts Editorial Manager across journals portfolio
- 18 Apr 2017

Online submission system provider Aries Systems has announced the adoption of its web-based manuscript tracking and peer review system, Editorial Manager, by SAE International. The SAE International portfolio consists of 10 peer-reviewed journals, as well as several forthcoming journals to be announced later this year, all of which will launch on Editorial Manager in 2017. The journals previously managed editorial workflow using an in-house system.

SAE International's portfolio includes the SAE International Journal of Engines, SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, the forthcoming Transportation Cybersecurity and Privacy, and others.

The roll out of Editorial Manager will facilitate manuscript submission, tracking, and peer review workflow for all journals in the SAE International portfolio. Authors, editors and other workflow participants will benefit from worldwide access to files and metadata 24×365, as well as standardised workflows, helpful integrations and sophisticated access to portfolio data via helpful cross-journal reporting.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists selects Editorial Manager and EM for Books
- 24 Feb 2017

Online submission system provider Aries Systems, US, has announced the latest Editorial Manager for Books adopter: The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

The AAPG is an international geological organisation, with both books and journals publishing programs. The association has chosen Editorial Manager to power the submission and peer-review workflows for both portfolios. The journals have completed the transition to Editorial Manager, and the books will complete the transition in the next two months.

The AAPG's journals include Bulletin and Environmental Geosciences. The association's books include the series' Memoirs, Studies in Geology, Archie, Hedberg, Methods in Exploration, and Special Publications. To date, more than 280 books have been published by AAPG.

Editorial Manager is in adoption by hundreds of publishers, including Springer Nature, Wiley-VCH, Taylor & Francis and the American Psychological Association.

EM for Books, released in 2016, has been adopted by Wolters Kluwer Health and The Geological Society of America in addition to AAPG.

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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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International Water Association extends its use of Aries’ technology with the adoption of ProduXion Manager
- 13 Feb 2017

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced the adoption of its web-based journal production tracking system, ProduXion Manager, by IWA Publishing.

Since 2007, IWA Publishing has successfully used the Editorial Manager web-based peer review system for its twelve self-published journals including: Water Science & Technology, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, Journal of Water and Health, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology – Aqua, Journal of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Development, Journal of Water and Climate Change, Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, Hydrology Research, Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, Water Policy and Water Practice and Technology.

Commencing in 2017, IWA Publishing will roll-out ProduXion Manager to its journals to facilitate post-acceptance workflow. Manuscript files and metadata are automatically transferred to workflow participants, such as copy editors and vendors. The system incorporates content management and concurrently supports manuscript and issue-based workflow. Status terms and dates are automatically updated as tasks are completed and files transferred.

ProduXion Manager has been deployed with hundreds of journals from leading publishers such as Wolters Kluwer, Nature, Wiley-VCH, Springer Nature, American Meteorological Association and more.

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IOP Publishing begins double-blind peer-review trial on two of its materials and biophysics/engineering journals
- 17 Jan 2017

IOP Publishing, the publishing company of the Institute of Physics, will start offering authors the choice of single or double-blind peer review on two of its materials and biophysics/engineering journals.

As part of a commitment to engage closely with research communities and meet researchers' future needs, IOP Publishing is experimenting with different peer review models. It will start offering the double-blind option on the journals Materials Research Express (MRX) and Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express (BPEX) from January 16, 2017.

Feedback from these scientific communities suggests there is a growing demand for double-blind review, in which the reviewer doesn't know the identity of the author. Through this pilot scheme, IOP Publishing aims to gain specific insight into the level of interest and uptake of double-blind review from authors in the broad areas of materials science and biomedical physics/engineering.

All IOP Publishing journals currently use the conventional 'single-blind' peer-review model, in which the reviewer is aware of the author's identity, but the author does not know who reviewed their paper. Under this new scheme, authors will be able to choose whether to submit their paper to the single-blind process or, if they prefer, to double-blind peer review where neither reviewer nor author knows the other's identity.

The pilot scheme will run on MRX and BPEX for one year (January – December 2017), during which time IOP Publishing will track: take up from authors of the double-blind option for direct submissions; authors’ satisfaction with the double-blind review process; and any effects on peer-review and publication times.

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Future Science Group partners with Publons to recognise peer reviewers
- 15 Dec 2016

Publisher Future Science Group has announced a partnership with Publons, a website that allows experts to track, verify and receive recognition for every peer review they perform, a vital service that often goes unrecognised.

Peer review of journal articles is a vital step in the publication process, underpinning the quality of published work. However, the blinded nature of peer review often limits reviewers from receiving full credit for the work they have performed. In addition, experts often perform reviews for a wide array of different journals and publishing companies, making it hard to keep track of all their efforts.

Publons was set up in 2012 to help address this problem. Experts who join the site are able to add the reviews they have performed to a verified profile in a format they can include in promotion and funding applications, thereby allowing formal recognition for the work they have completed.

By partnering with Publons, Future Science Group reviewers will benefit from a seamless integration via ScholarOne Manuscripts, the submission and peer review system from Clarivate Analytics – allowing reviewers to opt-in to Publons with a simple check box during the review process, which allows reviews to be automatically verified and added to their Publons profile with no extra work for the reviewers. Reviewers who aren't yet members will also be able to easily join up and add their review.

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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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Nature Communications to incorporate transparent peer review following a successful ten-month trial
- 10 Nov 2016

Nature Communications is incorporating transparent peer review into the journal on a permanent basis, following a successful ten-month trial. In this scheme, authors are given the option to publish the peer review history of the paper alongside their published research. All papers submitted from January 2016 qualify for this scheme. Since the trial began, around 60% of published authors have actively opted into transparent peer review.

The aim of transparent peer review is to open up the peer review process by providing the information on which the editorial decision to publish a paper is made. Upon acceptance of a paper, authors are asked if they agree to publishing the peer reviewer reports with the accepted version of the manuscript. The scheme provides an opportunity to inform discussion of published papers by the scientific community, and may also offer more credit to the work of peer reviews by making their often very detailed assessment of a paper accessible to a wide audience.

Uptake has varied across the various research areas, but in most subjects the majority of published papers now have publically available peer reviewer files. To date, more than 1,200 qualifying papers have been accepted for publication, and the average author opt-in across the journal is about 60%. Unsurprisingly, uptake has been highest in subject areas where open peer review is more commonplace, such as in areas of Earth sciences, whereas uptake has been lower in research areas that are not used to this type of peer review, for example in the physical sciences.

Reviewers can remain anonymous or can make their identity known if they wish by signing their name on the comments made to the authors. Whereas authors are given the option to opt out of the scheme, all peer reviewers have to agree to the potential publication of their anonymous reviewer reports. Only a small number of reviewers have declined to review a paper under the transparent peer review scheme and the average time from submission of a paper to publication has not been affected by the initiative.

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SPIE journal Neurophotonics accepted into Science Citation Index Expanded
- 08 Nov 2016

Neurophotonics, a journal published by not-for-profit publisher SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has been accepted for inclusion in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), part of the Web of Science.

Neurophotonics, edited by David Boas of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, will be indexed in SCIE with coverage beginning in Volume 1, Issue 1. All content should be indexed by the end of 2016.

The journal is already included in PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, and several other abstracting and indexing databases.

Neurophotonics launched in 2014 and is published digitally in the SPIE Digital Library as well as in print. The journal covers advances in optical technology applicable to the study of the brain and their impact on the basic and clinical neuroscience applications.

The SPIE Digital Library contains more than 430,000 articles from SPIE journals, proceedings, and books, with approximately 18,000 new research papers added each year. Abstracts are freely searchable, and a number of journal articles are published with open access.

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Aries Systems announces integration of Meta Bibliometric Intelligence into Editorial Manager
- 18 Oct 2016

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced the integration of Meta Bibliometric Intelligence into Editorial Manager, Aries' industry-leading manuscript and peer-review tracking system for scholarly publications. The new technology, created by Meta, applies artificial intelligence toward the identification of high-impact manuscripts at the moment of first submission, allowing editors to triage and rank incoming manuscripts.

Bibliometric Intelligence uses sophisticated machine learning algorithms that were trained using Meta's corpus of millions of full-text articles – a collection that now comprises the largest scholarly text-mining collection on Earth. As newly-submitted manuscripts are processed, hundreds of unique features are pulled from the papers and fed through the algorithms. Based on this analysis, Meta estimates the future citation count and impact of a manuscript, with a speed, accuracy, and consistency that far exceed human ability.

Large-scale trials conducted by Meta in partnership with industry demonstrated that Bibliometric Intelligence out-performed tens of thousands of human editors by a factor 2.5x at predicting article-level impact for new manuscripts, prior to publication. It also performed 2.2x better than the same group of editors at identifying "superstar articles" – those that represent the top 1% of high-impact papers, prior to publication.

Predictive intelligence is just one of several ways that industries throughout science are leveraging Meta's artificial intelligence capabilities to solve their core information challenges. Meta's AI-enabled solutions are also used by researchers and innovation-driven companies throughout science and technology to surface key insights, accelerate their work, and understand where science is going.

Aries was formed in 1986 to help scholarly publishers streamline and improve the publication process. Their flagship product, Editorial Manager, is used by thousands of scholarly journals to manage millions of manuscript submissions and peer-review tracking systems. Their customers include Wolters Kluwer, Springer Nature, Wiley-VCH, PLoS, BMC, and AAAS.

Bibliometric Intelligence integration is available in Editorial Manager version 13.1. Interested publishers should request activation so that they can explore the use of Bibliometric Intelligence during this Beta period.

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Two IOP Publishing journals to offer authors the choice of single or double-blind peer review from 2017
- 22 Sep 2016

IOP Publishing has announced that two of its journals - Materials Research Express and Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express - will offer authors the choice of single or double-blind peer review from 2017.

Feedback from the research communities suggested that there is a growing demand for this option and through this pilot they aim to gain specific insight into uptake in the broad areas of materials science and biomedical physics. A number of aspects will be monitored throughout the pilot and they will communicate conclusions and outcomes to their communities from the end of 2017.

At present all IOP journals use the conventional 'single-blind' peer review model, in which the reviewer is aware of the author's identity but the author does not know who reviewed their paper. Under this new scheme authors will be able to choose whether to submit their paper to the conventional single-blind process or, if they prefer, to double-blind peer review, where the reviewer does not know the identity of the author and the author does not know the identity of the reviewers.

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bioRxiv deploys Editorial Manager Ingest Service to simplify author submission to journals such as PLOS ONE
- 19 Aug 2016

Aries Systems has announced that Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's preprint service, bioRxiv, has added to its technical repertoire an interface to the Editorial Manager Ingest Service.

This means that authors who post a preprint to bioRxiv, enabling pre-publication sharing of findings, can submit - with a single click - the manuscript files and associated metadata to any journal that uses Editorial Manager. The first publisher to take advantage of this capability will be the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

According to Dr. John Inglis, co-founder of bioRxiv and Executive Director and Publisher of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, this new relationship with Aries enhances bioRxiv's role as a hub in the distribution of biomedical research results.

bioRxiv is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and can receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.

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Thomson Reuters unveils 2016 ranking of most influential scientific journals
- 14 Jun 2016

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world's most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF).

The Journal Citation Reports provides an assessment of a journal's standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of quantifiable, statistical information. The analysis comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science, the industry's leading citation indices in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

The 2016 release, with 2015 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,365 journal listings in 234 disciplines; 81 countries are represented. A total of 239 journals received their first JIF; 57 percent of journals saw an increase in JIF from last year and 42 percent saw a decrease. Additionally, 18 journals were suppressed to ensure the integrity of the reports. Suppressed journals are re-evaluated after a year for reconsideration in the JCR.

The journal selection process is an ongoing exercise focused on identifying, evaluating, and selecting the most important and influential international and regional journals for coverage in the Web of Science. Once the requisite three consecutive years of known source item counts are available, the data for each listed journal are analyzed and published in the JCR.

Exclusively available as a module within Thomson Reuters InCites™, an integrated web-based platform for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions and people, the JCR comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science™. JCR and the InCites platform also enable users to perform a comprehensive, rich and deep analysis and exploration of journals and the specific articles within a publication.

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Bioedit opts for Editorial Manager Ingest Service
- 19 May 2016

Aries Systems, a workflow solutions provider for scholarly publishers, has announced that UK based English language writing and editing service Bioedit has adopted Editorial Manager Ingest Service.

This partnership means that the authors using Bioedit's personalised pre-publication editing services can submit files and metadata associated with their manuscripts to the thousands of journals using Editorial Manager with a single click.

This announcement brings the number of EM Ingest Submission Partners to nine, including: Bioedit, Editage, Manuscripts, Overleaf, Chronos (Gates Foundation), PubRef, BioRxiv, and publisher-branded submission portals.

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Kudos announces partners with Thomson Reuters’ ScholarOne to help authors explain their research articles
- 11 May 2016

Kudos, a service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced a partnership with Thomson Reuters' ScholarOne manuscript submission and peer review system to facilitate the capture and dissemination of plain language summaries of research articles. Plain language explanations of research help to broaden usage of research by increasing the discoverability of works, and enabling them to be understood by wider audiences.

Through this pilot, ScholarOne and Kudos will enable authors of six participating publishers to add a plain language explanation of their work during the submission and acceptance workflow; integrating Kudos into existing article workflows in this way will make it quicker and easier for authors to begin the process of increasing readership, and encourage more authors to do so. Summaries added via ScholarOne are then automatically passed to Kudos and made available to the author to create a profile page for their publication on the Kudos platform – helping them promote their work and build readership.

Publishers participating in this pilot are: Bioscientifica, The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery – publishers of The Bone & Joint Journal, Canadian Science Publishing, Emerald Group Publishing, Future Science Group and Wiley.

The summaries collected by ScholarOne are passed to Kudos when an article is accepted and then held under embargo until the article is formally published, at which point the author is invited to use Kudos tools to manage wider outreach and ensure people find, read and apply or cite their publications. Summaries are not only displayed on the Kudos site, but also indexed, syndicated or linked to by search engines, abstracting & indexing services and publisher or institutional websites.

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Australian Research Council to use Thomson Reuters Web of Science for analysis of benefits from university research
- 05 May 2016

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that the Australian Research Council (ARC) recently obtained Thomson Reuters Web of Science™ Core Collection as one of the data sources to contribute to analyses that will be utilised by the ARC to support development of national impact and engagement assessment to assess the benefits derived from university research. This national assessment exercise is being introduced as part of the Australian government's National Innovation and Science Agenda.

In 2016 the ARC will work with the higher education research sector, industry and other end-users of research to develop quantitative and qualitative measures of impact and engagement of university research. The Web of Science Core Collection provides source data for records such as topic, title and author information which will be used by ARC to support work around sector and ERA analysis in order to derive a model for national assessment.

The ARC will conduct a national assessment as a companion exercise to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), the country's national research evaluation framework which identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia's higher education institutions.

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Thomson Reuters collaborates with Indian Education Ministry to advance global impact of its academic research performance
- 21 Apr 2016

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a strategic partnership to provide access to its online scientific citation indexing service, Web of Science, to India's e-Shodh Sindhu: Consortia for Higher Education Electronic Resources (ESS).

Formed in 2015, ESS is an initiative of India's Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to provide academic institutes with access to electronic resources and promote their usage.

The partnership between Thomson Reuters and e-Shodh Sindhu will provide 165 Indian universities with online access to the most comprehensive and versatile research platform for search and discovery. Used by over 7000 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. Reliable, integrated, multidisciplinary research delivered alongside the latest information on emerging trends, as well as subject specific content and analysis tools, will make it easy for students to identify the most important and relevant research to inform their work.

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons selects Editorial Manager
- 01 Apr 2016

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has selected Aries Systems' Editorial Manager to support submission and peer-review workflows for its journal, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which is transitioning from a previous system.

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery is the official journal of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. First published in 1965, The Annals is an international, peer-reviewed journal that provides outstanding original coverage of recent progress in adult and congenital cardiovascular and chest surgery and related fields. This leading monthly receives more than 3,800 manuscripts for consideration annually and maintains rigorous acceptance standards under Dr. Patterson and a distinguished editorial board. The journal is currently published by Elsevier.

The journal's current impact factor, an important journal metric published by Thomson Reuters each year, is 3.849 and Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports ranks The Annals as 16th of 198 surgery journals, 31st of 123 cardiac and cardiovascular journals, and 13th of 58 respiratory journals. An authoritative, clinically oriented, comprehensive resource, The Annals is committed to providing a place for all cardiothoracic surgeons to relate experiences which will help improve patient care.

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MIT Press selects Editorial Manager to support submission and peer review workflows for two new OA journals
- 26 Feb 2016

The MIT Press has selected Editorial Manager to support the submission and peer review workflows of two new Open Access journals - Open Mind and Computational Psychiatry.

Computational Psychiatry (CPSY) will be the first journal solely dedicated to research in its burgeoning field. The journal will publish original research articles and reviews that involve the application, analysis, or invention of theoretical, computational and statistical approaches to mental function and dysfunction.

Open Mind provides a new venue for the highest quality, most innovative work in cognitive science, offering affordable open access publishing, concise and accessible articles, and quick turnaround times for authors. The journal covers the broad array of content areas within cognitive science using approaches from cognitive psychology, computer science and mathematical psychology, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, comparative psychology and behavioural anthropology, decision sciences, and theoretical and experimental linguistics. These approaches are applicable to a broad range of content areas, including learning and memory, attention and object recognition, language processing and development, causal reasoning, judgment and decision-making, philosophy of mind, and more.

Both journals being open access, all content will be freely available to readers across the globe.

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Environmental Health Perspectives selects Editorial Manager and ProduXion Manager
- 29 Jan 2016

Aries Systems, a workflow solutions provider for scholarly publishers, has announced that Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) recently selected Editorial Manager to power the journal's submission and peer review workflows. Similarly, Aries' ProduXion Manager will underpin the journal's production activities. The journal will be transitioning from a legacy system.

EHP is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal of research and news published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2014, EHP received approximately 1,600 submissions and had an acceptance rate of 12 percent. Research articles are published within 3 working days of acceptance as Advance Publication articles and are citable using the Crossref Digital Object Identifier system. EHP's news content is prepared by science journalists and reviewed by subject matter experts.

Published since 1972, EHP has been online-only since January 2013. EHP is open access, and all content is available for free online.

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Thomson Reuters partners with Overleaf to simplify journal publishing submission process
- 06 Nov 2015

Thomson Reuters, an intelligent information provider for scholarly publishers, partners with Overleaf, an online Rich Text and LaTeX collaborative writing and publishing tool. This new partnership will allow authors to directly submit manuscripts created in the Overleaf platform to the thousands of journals that use the Thomson Reuters - ScholarOne submission and peer review system.

The ScholarOne and Overleaf integration will greatly simplify the submission process for authors while helping journals capture structured manuscript metadata, composed PDF documents, and correctly compiled LaTeX files.

Publishers who work with Overleaf and/or ScholarOne can now offer their authors the value-add of a 1-click submission process. Authors can write, collaborate and submit to a journal, all from within the Overleaf platform. This simplified workflow is easy to set up and implement and provides an elegant solution to author submission frustration.

This new submission option will be available December 2015 - several major international publishers have already signed up to use the integration upon its release.

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PubRef partners with Aries Systems to use the Editorial Manager Ingest Service
- 04 Sep 2015

Aries Systems, a workflow solutions provider for scholarly publishers, has announced that PubRef will be participating in the EM Ingest initiative. PubRef is an innovative online HTML5 versioning virtual file system with a fast and simple user-interface that provides a unified environment for authoring and collaborating on research articles. The agreement between Aries Systems and PubRef will allow authors to directly submit manuscripts created and managed in PubRef's platform to the thousands of scholarly journals that use Editorial Manager for submission and peer review.

This partnership will simplify submission for authors writing manuscript text, gathering article metadata, managing citations, creating figures within PubRef, while helping Editorial Manager journals capture structured manuscript metadata and correctly compiled manuscript and data files at submission. Using the workflow capabilities of Editorial Manager, journals can send the manuscript back to the author to verify submission data, and capture missing information, before proceeding with peer review.

PubRef is the fourth submission partner to announce an agreement with Aries to use the Editorial Manager Ingest Service, joining the ranks of early adopters Editage, Overleaf and Manuscriptsapp.com.

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Thomson Reuters releases 40th annual Journal Citation Reports, breaks new ground in journal evaluation
- 22 Jun 2015

The Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters is changing the face of scholarly journal evaluation with the release of the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) that includes the integration of a new metric, the Journal Impact Factor Percentile; a Normalized Eigenfactor®; detailed analysis of underlying journal level data; an Open Access (OA) Filter; and a variety of user updates that allow for increased transparency and easier access to a greater amount of data. The JCR claims to be the world's most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of the annual Journal Impact Factors (JIF).

Since 1975, the JCR has annually provided an assessment of a journal's standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of statistical information. The 2015 release, with 2014 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,149 journal listings in 237 disciplines; 82 countries are represented. A total of 272 journals received their first JIF; 53 percent of journals saw an increase in JIF from last year and 43 percent saw a decrease. Additionally, 39 journals were suppressed to ensure the integrity of the reports. Suppressed journals are re-evaluated after a year for reconsideration in the JCR.

Science Citation Index founder and father of bibliometrics, Dr. Eugene Garfield, worked with Alexander Pudovkin and a team of Thomson Reuters data scientists to develop a valuable new metric, Journal Impact Factor Percentile. A normalised journal impact factor provides percentile value allowing for a proper and meaningful comparison of journals across different categories.

Normalized Eigenfactor was developed by the Eigenfactor team at the University of Washington to offer greater clarity around the metric. For instance, if a journal's Normalized Eigenfactor is two, it is twice as influential as other journals within the area of study.

Supporting detailed analysis of underlying journal level data will allow users to download cited and citing data tables into an Excel file for greater transparency into the relationship between journals and the outcome of scholarship.

Another new feature, OA Filter, modeled after the Web of Science, will allow users to easily evaluate the performance of OA journals.

In addition to these noteworthy enhancements, the 2015 JCR offers an improved user experience with greater and simultaneous access to information in the sciences and social sciences; increased data transparency with easily accessible metrics to calculations for a specific journal; the integration of OA content into journal profiles; and, enhanced usability with customisable data grids, journal lists and comparison tools.

Now a module within Thomson Reuters InCites, an integrated web-based platform for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends, and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions and people, the JCR comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science. It also enables users to perform a comprehensive, rich and deep analysis and exploration of journals and the specific articles within a publication.

Thomson Reuters recently released new resources providing more insight into JCR and its new advancements, including the Heart of Research, an infographic illustrating the year-long process of building the JCR; and Innovations in Journal Evaluation, a webinar, scheduled for June 23, at 9 a.m. eastern.

Interested parties may register for the Innovations in Journal Evaluation event to learn more about new advancements to the JCR and follow @ImpactFactor on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest JCR news.

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NISTEP collaborates with Thomson Reuters to standardise titles of research funders in Web of Science
- 19 Jun 2015

The National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, and the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters have announced a collaboration to standardise definitions of research funding organisations by analysing and updating funders' acknowledgements within the Web of Science.

When evaluating the strength of a university or organisation's research efforts it is critical to understand how funding for the projects was acquired and distributed. There is often significant variation in how individual researchers, organisations and universities attribute research funders, making it difficult to conduct effective analysis. Properly identifying research funding organisations with a high number of variants in title is a time-consuming challenge for researchers and for staff in charge of research fund management.

As part of its 'Science for RE-designing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy,' NISTEP has conducted a name-based aggregation of Japanese research funding organisations appearing in scholarly paper acknowledgements within the Web of Science.

This joint analysis examines how to conduct name-based aggregation of acknowledgement information within a research publication at an organisational and institutional level. The creation of unified titles and definitions for funding organisations will ease the burden on researchers and better facilitate relations between funding resources and research outcomes.

The addition of this structure for identifying Japanese research funders to NISTEP's map of the nation's scientific research efforts will increase scientific trend analysis, identify, the current status of Japan's research funds distributions, and the influence of research funds on the advancement of scientific research.

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Aries Systems partners with Overleaf to allow authors to submit manuscripts directly to thousands of journals
- 28 May 2015

Aries Systems, a solutions provider for scholarly publishers, partners with Overleaf, an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool. This new agreement between Aries Systems and Overleaf will allow authors to directly submit manuscripts created in the Overleaf platform to the thousands of scholarly journals that use Editorial Manager Ingest Service for online submission and peer review.

This new partnership between Aries Systems and Overleaf will simplify the submission process for authors while helping journals capture structured manuscript metadata and correctly compiled LaTeX files. Using the workflow capabilities of Editorial Manager, journals can send the manuscript back to the author to verify submission data, and capture missing information, before proceeding with peer review.

Created with the goal of making science and research faster, more open and more accessible, Overleaf brings the whole scientific documentation process into one place in the cloud. Overleaf makes the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier. Authors simply open a journal template and start to write - no need to install special or expensive software. Authors can then invite others to collaborate or review documents at any time.

Overleaf works with multiple publishers and journals to provide journal-specific templates for automated composition and integrated author guidelines; options for automated ‘built-in’ pre-submission checks; and author technical support.

Overleaf will be presenting their solution at Aries Systems' Annual Editorial Manager User Group Meeting to be held in Boston on June 18 and 19.

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Innovative author tool start-up company in deal with Aries Systems to facilitate transfer of scholarly manuscripts to thousands of journals using editorial manager
- 21 Apr 2015

Innovative author tool start-up company, manuscriptsapp.com, has entered into an agreement with Aries Systems to facilitate the transfer of manuscripts authored using its application into Editorial Manager. Cambridge, UK-based Manuscripts.app Ltd are developers of an easy to use writing app that helps authors prepare scholarly manuscripts in compliance with journal-specific requirements. It includes powerful outlining and editing functionality, and is built leveraging its creators' prior experience as authors of scholarly articles, and as creators of multiple design-award-winning research tools.

EM Ingest is a service from Aries Systems that allows third party submission partners to add value during manuscript preparation, and automatically transfer manuscripts to journals on behalf of authors. Manuscripts.app Ltd joins other organisations that have recently adopted EM Ingest, including Editage, a manuscript language editing service.

Matias Piipari, CEO and co-founder at manuscriptsapp.com, and other representatives from EM Ingest Submission Partners will be presenting their solutions at the upcoming 13th Annual Editorial Manager User Group Meeting in Boston, MA on June 18 & 19.

Interested parties may visit http://www.cvent.com/events/emug-2015/event-summary-811e65f1f6a848b4a1ba479e6e5bd9fc.aspx to learn more, or to register to attend.

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Aries Systems in deal with the International Union of Crystallography to integrate checkCIF system with Editorial Manager
- 20 Apr 2015

Aries Systems, a supplier of online submission and peer review workflow solutions for scholarly publishers, has announced an agreement with the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) to integrate its checkCIF system with Editorial Manager.

Aries’ principal offering, Editorial Manager, is used by more than 6,000 scholarly journals including many published in the fields of chemistry and materials science. For consideration by these journals, authors are often required to submit their crystallographic data files to the IUCr's checkCIF system for validation. The Crystallographic Information File (CIF) is a standard text file format for representing crystallographic information promulgated by the IUCr. Managing this additional step manually can be inconvenient for authors and journal operations.

Under the new agreement, CIF files will be automatically checked as a by-product of manuscript submission with the test results conveniently displayed to authors, reviewers and editors during journal submission and peer review workflows.

checkCIF integration will be released as part of Editorial Manager version 13.0 and will be in the hands of users in 2016.

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Biomedical researchers look to post-publication peer review to build grant funding case
- 26 Mar 2015

Jason McDermott, a Senior Research Scientist in computational biology and bioinformatics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, USA, has become one of the first to publish online his preliminary research methodology and data to gain peer reviews that he hopes will strengthen his R01 grant application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

While the concept of online and transparent peer-reviewing of research is increasingly being adopted, it is unusual for preliminary research to enter the public domain in such a way. It represents a further innovation in the way that scientific research is becoming more open and it is a leap forward in respect of the length of time taken for new thinking to be shared among a wide audience.

The challenge faced by McDermott, who like many researchers has tried multiple times to secure NIH funding, is stark. The NIH budget peaked in 2010 at $31.2 billion, falling to $30.15 billion for fiscal year 2014. While the organisation once funded a third of the research proposals it received, for the past decade it has only funded one in six. NIH Director Francis Collins said recently that, due to inflation, the NIH budget has lost 25 percent of its purchasing power over the last decade.

McDermott's proposal (http://f1000research.com/articles/4-60/v1) describes novel computational methods to predict multi-drug resistance transporters (MDRs), the proteins responsible for moving antibiotics out of the cell. Many different bacteria can now exhibit multi-drug resistance and oppose the action of certain antibiotics rendering them ineffective. McDermott's approach aims to help predict and identify functional patterns from groups of unaligned protein sequence of MDRs in bacteria. Work in this field is intended to contribute to potential new drug development to combat antimicrobial resistance.

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Authors can now opt for double-blind peer review across Nature and Nature Research Journals
- 19 Feb 2015

Authors will now be able to opt for double-blind peer review across Nature and the Nature Research Journals. Nature Publishing Group's flagship open access journal, Nature Communications, will be joining the trial later in 2015. The news is announced in an editorial published in this week's Nature, with other journals announcing their implementation over the coming month. Double-blind peer review is being introduced in response to author feedback, and follows trials by Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change.

In double-blind peer review both the authors and the reviewers are anonymised. The Nature-branded journals will also continue to offer single-blind peer review, in which the reviewers are anonymous but know the authors' identity. Corresponding authors will be able to choose whether single-blind or double-blind peer review is used on their submission. Advocates of double-blind peer review argue that it removes biases that relate to the authors (for example those based on gender, seniority or organisation) that might otherwise impact the objectivity with which the review is carried out.

Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change began offering a double-blind peer review option in June 2013. Authors of about 20 percent of submissions chose the option, no substantive effects on the quality of reviews have been detected and support for the trial remains very high. A recent Nature Publishing Group reader survey found that 78 percent of almost 29,000 respondents thought that double-blind peer review was a 'good' or 'very good' idea and many in-person interviews with young scientists confirmed that researchers wanted to see double-blind peer review as an option.

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IOP Publishing journal 2D Materials now indexed in Thomson Reuters' Web of Science
- 12 Feb 2015

Non-profit scientific publisher IOP Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that 2D Materials (2DM) will now be indexed in Thomson Reuters' Web of Science, and content will appear within the next few weeks, beginning with Volume 1 (March 2014). 2DM will also be included in the 2016 Journal Citation Reports with an early Impact Factor.

2DM is a multidisciplinary, electronic-only journal devoted to publishing fundamental and applied research of the highest quality and impact covering all aspects of graphene and related two-dimensional materials. The journal's editorial development is led by Editor in Chief, Professor Vladimir Fal'ko, Lancaster University, UK.

As part of 2DM's first anniversary celebrations, its first 3 issues will be free to read throughout 2015.

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Thomson Reuters announces new initiative to integrate Ringgold’s Identify into ScholarOne Manuscripts
- 17 Dec 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced an initiative to advance efficiency and precision in scholarly publishing by integrating Ringgold's Identify - the industry's leading institutional identification database - into ScholarOne Manuscripts, the premier journal and peer review tool for scholarly publishers and societies.

This collaboration will accelerate the scholarly publishing process by easing the previously cumbersome task of accurately identifying the institutional affiliation of authors and reviewers.

The integration of Identify will enable ScholarOne Manuscripts users to quickly disambiguate complex institutional data and ensure accuracy by seamlessly connecting to more than 400,000 institutional records.

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Thomson Reuters and the National Research Foundation of Korea announce new initiative to integrate content within Korean Citation Index into Web of Science
- 25 Nov 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), have announced an initiative to expand the global imprint of the region's scientific research by integrating content within the Korean Citation Index (KCI) into the Web of Science™, the premier search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Launched by NRF in 2008, the KCI content is now available within the Web of Science as the KCI Korean Journal Database, which has increased the number of papers produced in South Korea (from 2002 to 2012) on the platform by 127 percent, from 20,755 to 47,066 articles. The new data set seamlessly connects to the leading indices within the Web of Science enabling researchers worldwide to review and analyze the regional content alongside top-tier international literature.

Most universities and research institutions in South Korea rely on the KCI when evaluating their researchers and scholarly works. According to NRF President Dr. Chung Min Keun, despite their outstanding quality, Korean journals are not known outside this region and are mostly published by local academic societies. By collaborating with Thomson Reuters, NRF hopes to increase the global impact of Korean research and international exposure of Korean journals, and encourage more scholarly exchange between South Korea and the rest of the world.

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Kudos and Thomson Reuters partner to add citation data to author dashboards
- 23 Oct 2014

Kudos, which helps researchers and institutions maximise the impact and visibility of their publications, has announced a partnership with Thomson Reuters through which Kudos author dashboards will be augmented with citation data from Web of Science, the premier web-based platform for scientific search and discovery and the authority in science, social science, and arts and humanities indices.

Kudos provides a platform through which academics can ensure their work is more widely visible, and for measuring the effect of different activities that support discovery. Thomson Reuters provides authoritative citation data relating to publication performance.

Citations remain a critical measure of the impact of a researcher's work, and Thomson Reuters is a recognised authority for providing citation data. The Kudos author dashboard already includes a wide variety of peer-interest metrics relating to publications, such as downloads from publisher sites (for participating publishers), altmetric data, and click-throughs from author sharing activities on the Kudos platform. Over time, it is envisaged that the aggregation of these and other datasets will help authors, their institutions or publishers understand the most effective activities and channels for explaining and sharing research.

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Thomson Reuters and CCC collaboration to advance OA publishing
- 14 Oct 2014

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organisation, to streamline the Open Access publishing workflow with an integrated solution for article processing charges (APCs) through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the premier journal and peer review tool for scholarly publishers and societies.

CCC's RightsLink for Open Access will integrate into ScholarOne Manuscripts, providing authors with a secure, end-to-end solution for Open Access article submission and peer review, including the management of APCs. Historically, APC fee processing has been a cumbersome, manual and costly part of the Open Access publishing process.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is an innovative peer-review and online submission platform for scholarly publishers. It offers publishers the ability to balance the need for comprehensive information gathering and workflow management with an author's desire to quickly submit an article. ScholarOne Manuscripts integrates submission, correspondence, review, reporting and user management within one intuitive platform.

RightsLink for Open Access streamlines the entire author fee transaction by seamlessly integrating with editorial and production workflows. Open Access charges, page charges, colour charges – at every step, RightsLink ensures that critical research gets published as quickly as possible.

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Thomson Reuters and Russia's Scientific Electronic Library eLibrary.RU collaborate to showcase nation's leading research in Web of Science
- 02 Oct 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with Russia’s Scientific Electronic Library eLibrary.ru to make content from the Russian Science Citation Index accessible via the Web of Science, the premier global search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.

The initiative is expected to bring greater visibility and improved access to influential research being produced in Russia, particularly in the sciences. Content from the Russian Science Citation Index (1000 top-tier scholarly publications in Russia) will be made available as a new dataset on the Web of Science. It will seamlessly connect to the leading core journal indices within the Web of Science, and other databases on the platform such as the Data Citation Index, and the Book Citation Index, enabling researchers to review and analyze the regional research alongside top-tier international scholarly content.

The addition of the Russian Science Citation Index to the Web of Science will follow a similar model to other national citation indices such as the KCI Korean Journal Database and the SciELO Citation Index, both added to the platform in 2014; and the Chinese Science Citation Database, hosted within the Web of Science since 2008. The expanded global coverage enabled by these regional collections are part of Thomson Reuters ongoing efforts to further integrate high-quality, global content into the Web of Science, spotlight regionally relevant scholarly literature, and identify influential authors and research within rapidly developing research centers. The Russian Science Citation Index will be available to Web of Science users in 2015.

The Scientific Electronic Library is a key Russian provider of scientific information and analytical and data services. eLIBRARY.RU is a major Russian scientific aggregator service providing universities, research organisations, and R&D companies with access to the online library of scholarly articles and books, citation indexing and discovery services.

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Thomson Reuters and National Research Foundation of Korea collaborate to make content from Korean Citation Index accessible via Web of Science
- 07 May 2014

The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with the National Research Foundation of Korea to make content from the Korean Citation Index (KCI) accessible via the Web of Science, the premier search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

This initiative will bring greater visibility and improved access to valuable research being produced in South Korea, particularly in social sciences and humanities. The KCI content will be made available as a new dataset, the KCI Korean Journal Database, on the Web of Science platform. The KCI Korean Journal Database will seamlessly connect to the leading indices within the Web of Science, including the Data Citation IndexSM, MEDLINE® and BIOSIS Citation IndexSM, enabling researchers to review and analyse the regional content alongside top-tier international literature.

The KCI Korean Journal Database will provide access to text from approximately 2,000 scholarly journals, over 1,800 of which are new to the Web of Science, enabling researchers to view South Korean journals alongside international output.

The addition of the KCI Korean Journal Database to the Web of Science will follow a similar model to that of the SciELO Citation Index, which was integrated within the Web of Science in early 2014, as well as the Chinese Science Citation Database, hosted within the Web of Science since 2008. The inclusion of these databases is part of continuing efforts by Thomson Reuters to further integrate high-quality global content into the Web of Science, spotlight regionally relevant scholarly literature, and identify influential authors and research within rapidly developing research centers. The KCI Korean Journal Database will be accessible to all Web of Science users in the latter part of 2014.

The addition of the KCI Korean Journal Database to the Web of Science will further highlight South Korea's rapidly growing global performance in scientific research, by increasing the number of indexed papers — produced from 2002 to 2012 — by 127 percent, increasing from 20,755 to 47,066 papers. Physical sciences and engineering are the dominant sectors of South Korea's scientific research portfolio; from 2008 to 2012, the nation's largest world share was in engineering and technology (5.7 percent), followed by physical sciences and astronomy (5 percent), chemical sciences (4.6 percent), and computer and information sciences (4 percent).

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STRIATUS/JBJS and Aries Systems announce development partnership to facilitate generation of PRE-score - a new metric to evaluate peer review quality
- 29 Apr 2014

Peer review practices vary widely. Consequently readers and research funders lack a convenient and standardised way to assess the quality of peer review undertaken by scholarly journals. In response to this need, STRIATUS/JBJS, publisher of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and its family of journals and educational offerings, is developing a transparent metric that will help readers identify journals that conduct ethical and rigorous peer review, called PRE-score.

The PRE-score algorithm uses a variety of inputs such as the number of review cycles to determine the PRE-score for a manuscript. These data inputs are stored in the journal's peer review system such as Aries Systems' Editorial Manager® currently used by more than 5,500 scholarly journals.

Aries Systems and STRIATUS/JBJS, Inc. have announced a development partnership that will allow relevant workflow data to be automatically transferred from Editorial Manager to PRE-score so that the PRE-score can be calculated and published with the manuscript. Aries anticipates that the new functionality will be available to Editorial Manager customers in late 2014.

Aries Systems is known for being on the forefront of new developments in scholarly and scientific publishing, and for producing effective software and interfaces to help publishers meet the needs of a changing environment.



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Thomson Reuters collaborates with the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management
- 16 Apr 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management to power a unique academic research portal through the Web of Science, the premier scientific search and discovery platform and industry authority in science, social science, and arts & humanities citation indexes.

The portal provides access to 50 academic journals with articles covering 43 emerging economies across the past five years. The portal web page also contains timely blogs about recent publications and trends in academic publishing about emerging markets.

This collaboration highlights Thomson Reuters continued commitment to spotlight regionally relevant scholarly literature and identify influential authors and research within rapidly developing research centers. The organisation recently integrated the SciELO Citation Index, which includes approximately 700 titles and more than 4 million cited references from Open Access journals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Venezuela, into the Web of Science.

The Web of Science and its underlying citation indices have been the primary resource for research discovery for 50 years. Its content and tools are trusted by more than 6,000 of the world's leading scholarly institutions and claims to be the only interface to include subject-specific, curated content on emerging trends.

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Foremost research organisation uses Web of Science to evaluate and enhance funding decisions
- 25 Mar 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with Susan G. Komen, the world's largest breast cancer organisation.

As part of this relationship, Susan G. Komen will have special access to Thomson Reuters Web of Science to contextualise and determine the efficacy of research it funds within the broader breast cancer research landscape. Thomson Reuters Web of Science is the premier scientific search and discovery platform and industry authority in science, social science, and arts & humanities citation indexes.

Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen has provided more than $804 million in funding to more than 2,200 breast cancer research grants, making Komen the largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research outside of the U.S. government. This strategic relationship will provide Komen with the ability to track outcomes from their funded research projects and assess the contributions of their research portfolio toward the advancement of breast cancer research and patient care.

The organisation projects that 11 million women will die from breast cancer in the next 20 years, making the quantification of their research and its impact all the more urgent.

The Web of Science Core Collection offers authoritative, multidisciplinary content from more than 12,000 high impact research journals worldwide across more than 250 disciplines. Susan G. Komen joins more than 6,000 world leading scholarly institutions responsible for scientific research and policy making that utilize the Web of Science for strategic assessments.

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Thomson Reuters promotes Web of Science as its next generation research discovery platform
- 17 Jan 2014

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters unveiled its strategy for the next generation Web of Science, a trusted citation index for an important scientific and scholarly literature. A new, user-friendly interface, expanded content and convenient open-web links substantially enhance the Web of Science and its position in the global scientific research community. This industry gold standard covers science, social science, and arts & humanities citation indexes, covering the most important citation activity with the core Web of Science and domain specific and regional indexes spanning research for well over 150 years.

The addition of the SciELO Citation Index, covering Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean, exemplifies the content expansion of the core citation databases in Web of Science. The platform also hosts and provides access to the Chinese Science Citation Database and, later this year, will host the Korean Journal Database; these latter two sources bring expanded citation metrics and impactful regional content to what is claimed to be the world’s largest and most authoritative citation resource.

The Scholarly & Scientific Research group at Thomson Reuters also announced its mission to make Web of Science content and records easily accessible to researcher end users via links from open-web platforms, such as Google Scholar. This is a significant step toward simplifying the scientific search process for researchers who begin in an open environment.

New open access (OA) functionality was also introduced on the platform. Articles from journals that are entirely OA now have indicators on them for easy identification. Users can also apply search filters to target only open access journals in their searches.

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Thomson Reuters pilots Web of Science Certification program at Russia’s Saint Petersburg State University Scientific Library
- 17 Dec 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters recently piloted the first-ever Web of Science Certification program at Russia's Saint Petersburg State University Scientific Library. Working in close collaboration, Thomson Reuters trained 15 members of the library's staff to become experts in the company's Web of Science, the premier web-based research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

The Web of Science Certification Program was designed to train employees of subscribing university libraries to become certified specialists, in order to better train university staff, researchers and students, and to help further the institution's use of the platform and to help advance the university's scientific research efforts. The program is part of Thomson Reuters continued commitment to supporting the professional development of its customers.

The program comprised two days of intense training, including theoretical and practical sessions on how to better work within the Web of Science and with trusted indicators from Thomson Reuters InCites, the company's flagship, web-based research evaluation tool, including the Journal Citation Reports, the recognised authority for evaluating scholarly journals; and ResearcherID, a unique identification tool to help researchers manage their publication lists and citation counts. The program also provided training on EndNote Basic, the industry's leading free reference tool. Each of the 15 participants are now certified for use, consulting and to train staff and students on the Web of Science and InCites platforms.

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Transferable peer review to be piloted with nine of Wiley’s high impact neuroscience titles
- 10 Dec 2013

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the trial of an enhanced system of peer review, which will allow for the transfer of reviewer comments between journals. Peer review is an integral part of scientific publishing and the new pilot is being trialled in selected neuroscience journals.

Across the publishing industry traditional peer review reportedly takes an average of 80 days per paper. Research articles submitted to Wiley journals are reviewed by at least two suitably qualified experts before an editor makes a decision to publish based on the reviews provided.

If a paper is rejected from the author's first choice journal the entire process is repeated upon resubmission, sometimes with the same reviewers. To make this process more efficient, Wiley has developed a system to preserve and transfer the initial peer review, enabling the review to travel with the article between journals on its route to publication.

This enhanced system of transferable peer review will be piloted amongst nine of Wiley's high impact neuroscience titles. The journals will use their usual review format, with the addition of a standard scorecard that will be used by all other participating journals. If, following a rejection, a manuscript is submitted to a second journal, the author will have the option to transfer the review and the paper's scorecard. Authors will have the opportunity to revise their manuscript according to review comments prior to transfer and resubmission.

The pilot will run for at least six months and results will be used to develop a robust process which can be expanded across Wiley's journal portfolio. Wiley journals that also participate in the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium will continue to participate in that program.

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New Zealand universities extend access to Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three more years
- 05 Dec 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that all eight universities in New Zealand have extended access to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three additional years. This ensures researchers, administrators, faculty and students in New Zealand universities have access to the highest quality, curated, multidisciplinary scientific literature. This extension marks the tenth year of their partnership with Thomson Reuters.

The eight universities in New Zealand are the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and University of Waikato.

Web of Science is a Thomson Reuters Scientific & Scholarly Research solution that is known to be the world's most trusted citation index for leading scholarly literature.

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Thomson Reuters and Ural Federal University collaborate to advance global research impact
- 21 Nov 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a commitment with Ural Federal University (UrFU) to create a map of the University's scientific research efforts in order to demonstrate the efficiency and global impact of its programs and scientists. The first phase of the project will focus on determining how the scientists of the UrFU and the institutes of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (UB RAS) compare internationally with scientists at competing laboratories, universities and institutes.

This strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and UrFU will identify the areas of science in which the UrFU and UB RAS are the most competitive, as well as other areas that may require further attention, and support the University's plans to further the global impact of its research efforts by developing new strategies to retain talent, pinpoint emerging trends and discover new opportunities for collaboration.

The map of UrFU's scientific research will be developed by tracking citation data in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, the world's most trusted citation index for leading scholarly literature, the Conference Proceedings Citation Index, Book Citation Index, BIOSIS Citation Index, Derwent Innovations Index, Medline, and Journal Citation Reports. The trusted indicators of Thomson Reuters InCites, the company's flagship, web-based research evaluation tool, will further the reach of the map by enabling the institution to measure research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark its performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels. These tools will ensure that UrFU and UB RAS objectively evaluate with the maximum amount of transparency.

The UrFU will draw upon the comprehensive view provided by the map of its research efforts to determine the strengths of its scientific activities and opportunities for further improvement in cooperation with the scientific institutions of UB RAS. The data will also help clarify the scope of the University's scientific activities through the analysis of authors, articles, journals, patents, conference proceedings and books indexed in Thomson Reuters industry-leading databases.

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F1000Research launches data plotting tool at Neuroscience meeting in San Diego
- 12 Nov 2013

Open Access life-sciences journal F1000Research launched a new data plotting tool at the ongoing Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. The tool enables referees and readers to visualise and manipulate the raw data within the journal's articles. This is a significant step forward in enabling data peer review, which has typically been too time consuming for most article referees to contemplate.

A condition of publishing in the Open Access life sciences journal F1000Research is that authors make the data underlying their findings publicly available alongside the article. Openly sharing data is an important step in helping tackle issues around the lack of reproducibility of much published research, as well as enabling data reuse.

The new data plotting tool from F1000Research enables the data in the journal's articles to be assessed and reviewed, by letting users replot, analyse and interpret the supporting data through an instant first- pass view.

The tool can plot all numerical values in a CSV file as a scatter plot, with the options of defining the x-axis, as well as selecting whole columns or specifying particular values within individual columns. For the first time, this simple visualisation of the data set allows users to determine whether there are any obvious outliers, any correlations in the data that were possibly missed by the authors, and whether the authors' summary results (and hence their conclusions) make sense from their raw data.

The tool was initially launched in beta, and is available on two datasets from two different articles: http://f1000research.com/articles/2-150/v1#plot and http://f1000research.com/articles/1-70/v1#plot. It will soon be rolled out across all numerical spreadsheet data published in F1000Research. In addition, the tool is currently being showcased at the Neuroscience 2013 meeting in San Diego on booth 222.

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Thomson Reuters and SHEDL collaborate to advance Scotland’s Global Research Impact
- 12 Nov 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a five-year commitment between the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL) and Thomson Reuters to advance the global impact of Scotland's research efforts through citation connections within the Web of Science. Thomson Reuters Web of Science provides a single destination for the world's largest collection of research data, publications, proceedings and patents to be utilised from the initial stage of discovery through the application of scholarly research. The unified web-based platform will provide researchers in Scotland with the ability to perform granular and big-picture analyses via a full range of data, tools and technology.

The collaboration between Thomson Reuters and SHEDL, a cooperative comprising Scotland's universities and research institutions, will enable researchers in Scotland to uncover new theories, spot emerging trends and evaluate their work within the global research landscape with a comprehensive view into possible funding opportunities from one platform. Built upon a core collection of journal literature from the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, the citation connections within Web of Science build upon its foundation as the world's most trusted citation index and provide users with access to more content to advance their workflow - Book Citation Index; Data Citation Index; Biosis Citation Index; Zoological Record; Derwent Innovations Index; and Current Contents Connect.

The Web of Science also enables scholars to apply robust research metrics throughout the entire research process, to pinpoint the most relevant research, improve search, measure collaboration, and track impact of research by integrating data from the leading Thomson Reuters Research Analytics tools - Journal Citation Reports and InCites.

Jisc Collections, an organization supporting the provision of digital content for education and research in the United Kingdom, worked with Thomson Reuters and SHEDL to facilitate this effective collaboration.

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IOP Publishing introduces new referee reward programme as part of the company’s OA policy
- 25 Oct 2013

IOP Publishing (IOP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, has introduced a new referee reward programme as part of the company's open access policy. The move has been made to help recognise the contribution made by reviewers to the peer-review process. It will also benefit researchers who wish to make the final published version of their work immediately available through gold open access.

Under the new programme, referees will be offered a 10 percent credit towards the cost of publishing on a gold open access basis when they review an article.

The majority of IOP Publishing's subscription titles offer a gold open access option, enabling authors to make the final published versions of their research articles free online on payment of an article publication charge. Referee rewards can be used to reduce this publication cost.

IOP Publishing already successfully operates a similar scheme on two of its fully open access titles - New Journal of Physics and Environmental Research Letters. However, this is the first time that the referee reward programme has been made available across the company's wholly owned and many partner titles.

The new programme will come into effect from January 1, 2014 and more details can found on http://iopscience.iop.org/info/page/openaccess.

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Thomson Reuters unveils 2013 edition of Journal Citation Reports
- 20 Jun 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the release of the 2013 edition of its Journal Citation Reports (JCR), an influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of the annual Journal Impact Factors.

The Journal Citation Reports provides an assessment of a journal's standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of quantifiable, statistical information. The analysis comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science, the industry’s leading citation indices in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

The 2013 edition, with separate sections for Science and Social Sciences, features 10,853 journal listings in 232 disciplines; 83 countries are represented. A total of 379 journals received their first Journal Impact Factor. Additionally, 33 journals were suppressed due to questionable citation activity. Suppressions aim to ensure the integrity of the reports; suppressed journals are re-evaluated after two-years for re-consideration in the JCR.

The journal selection process is an ongoing exercise focused on identifying, evaluating and selecting the most important and influential international and regional journals for coverage in the Web of Science. Once citations are available for a minimum two-year period, the data are analysed and published in the JCR. The 2013 JCR edition contains data drawn from items published in 2012.

The Journal Citation Reports, within the Thomson Reuters Research Analytics suite, enables the scholarly community to evaluate research performance and impact of institutions, researchers, authors and papers globally.

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Aries Systems and CCC integrate platforms to provide seamless Article Processing Charge management
- 04 Jun 2013

Aries Systems Corporation, a developer of workflow solutions for scholarly publishers, and Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) have announced the integration of Aries' Editorial Manager manuscript submission and peer review tracking system and CCC's RightsLink®for Open Access to provide seamless Article Processing Charge (APC) management.

This integration provides scholarly publishers with a seamless and friction-free way to process APCs within their workflows and adapt to new Open Access models as they emerge. Backed by Aries Systems and CCC, who have collectively served the scholarly and publishing industry for over six decades, this automated APC management solution fully integrates with scholarly content editorial and production workflows, thereby accelerating the publisher's time to market, improving the author experience and minimising the operational costs associated with managing author fees.

Aries Systems was founded in 1986 with the mission to develop advanced software technologies that enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of scholarly publishing. Its principal offerings include Editorial Manager and ProduXion Manager.

CCC has been helping publishers improve the author experience in collecting APCs for over six years and welcomes efforts toward standardization and transparency.

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Aries Systems and ProQuest partner to empower journal editors with reviewer discovery utility
- 31 May 2013

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced a partnership with ProQuest to empower journal editors with reviewer discovery utility. Submitted manuscripts can now be automatically matched with reviewers drawn from an external pool of more than 3.5 million curated scholar profiles.

Using an Application Programming Interface (API), Editorial Manager transmits manuscript metadata to the ProQuest Pivot service, which streamlines workflow in university research offices. The proprietary software algorithms of Pivot create a digital 'fingerprint' from the metadata, match the fingerprint to its embedded collection of scholar profiles, and then generate a relevance-ranked candidate reviewer list.

Editors can click on names to view biographic and bibliographic details including CrossRef links to candidates' published articles. This makes it quick and easy for editors working in Editorial Manager to find and assess the viability of candidates as reviewers for manuscripts under consideration.

On the same web page, editors can then conveniently invite selected reviewers. Editorial Manager takes care of downstream workflow activities such as email notifications, due date tracking, reminders, review submission, etc.

Aries Systems will market the solution under the product name of 'Reviewer Discovery.' For a limited time, journals can evaluate Reviewer Discovery at no charge for a three-month period; thereafter annual fees apply. Reviewer Discovery can be activated in Editorial Manager Version 10.1 (currently in Beta Test and planned for initial release in June 2013). It will be available for demonstration in the exhibit hall at the upcoming SSP Annual Meeting in San Francisco on June 5-7.

Aries Systems in deal to make Editorial Manager peer review system available to Taylor & Francis journals
- 17 May 2013

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, and publisher Taylor & Francis entered into a global enterprise agreement to make the Editorial Manager peer review system available to Taylor & Francis journals.

Taylor & Francis has grown rapidly over the last two decades to become a leading international academic publisher of more than 1,750 scholarly journals. By adding Editorial Manager to its workflow options, its journals will benefit from the innovations and configuration capabilities that characterise the Aries solution.

Editorial Manager is a cloud-based SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution used by thousands of scholarly journals to facilitate manuscript submission and peer review. The system delivers feature updates approximately three times per year and leverages APIs to integrate with third-party solutions such as ORCID and CrossCheck. Recent innovations include seamless cross-journal manuscript transfer, editor discussion forums and automated ingestion of external email.

IUA renews alliance with Thomson Reuters for use of research evaluation tool InCites
- 08 May 2013

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced a renewed four-year commitment with the Irish Universities Association (IUA) to demonstrate the efficiency and global impact of Ireland's scientific research. The indicators of Thomson Reuters InCites, a customised, web-based research evaluation tool, are seen to enable universities to measure research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark their performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels.

By renewing its strategic alliance with Thomson Reuters, IUA expects to provide all of Ireland's universities with a comprehensive overview of how their institutions compare to each other and how they fare globally. The alliance is said to support individual institutions' plans to develop new research strategies, retain talent, pinpoint emerging trends and identify new opportunities for collaboration through InCites indicators. The IUA comprises seven universities in Ireland: Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Maynooth, University College Cork, University of Limerick and University Galway.

Additional consortium members include Dublin Institute of Technology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Higher Education Authority and Science Foundation Ireland.

Built on content from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge, a research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences arts and humanities, the customised data sets in InCites will provide analytics on authors, journals and fields, as well as connect to the proprietary university research management and profiling systems for full workflow integration.

InCites is a customised, web-based evaluation tool that enables universities, funding bodies and policy makers to analyse their research productivity and compare their output against that of their peers. The solution provides normalised metrics for repeatable analysis of outcomes, cross-regional impacts, discipline comparisons and standardised, accurate reviews for promotion and tenure processes. It also can serve as a support solution in ongoing quality assurance activities.

Thomson Reuters launches contest for innovative use of Web of Knowledge APIs
- 06 May 2013

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the launch of Build Challenge, the second phase of a contest designed to expand the discovery experience offered by Thomson Reuters' Web of Knowledge. The competition challenges the research community to develop innovative visualisation tools that illustrate the connections found in data, citations and research by using Web of Knowledge application programming interfaces (APIs).

Thomson Reuters will award up to $30,000 to the participant who 'builds' the best web-based or mobile visualisation tools that both meet the contest criteria and highlight the various data relationships among the content indexed with the Web of Science, the main citation database within the Web of Knowledge. Each solution must be demonstrated through the entry of a prototype or workable code and white paper. The Build Challenge will be open for submissions until July 25.

The programme development solutions will be based on the winning submissions from the initial phase of the competition, the Ideation Challenge. In this first part of the challenge series Thomson Reuters called upon the research community to develop concept papers on new and inventive ways for users to interact with the content and tools within the Web of Knowledge. The Ideation Challenge attracted over 830 solvers from around the world and received 177 submissions.

Thomson Reuters Sciencewatch.com has interviews with the three winning Ideation Challenge innovators featuring the details and ideas behind their inventive concepts. Thomson Reuters is partnering with crowdsourcing firm InnoCentive for the Ideation and Build Challenges.

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Rubriq enters second phase of beta testing of peer review system
- 05 Apr 2013

Rubriq, a for-benefit organisation offering peer review and journal matching services, has completed the first phase of beta testing for its independent peer review system, and the second phase is now underway. During all three planned beta phases, publishers are helping to validate Rubriq's patent-pending scorecard, and to explore how it can help facilitate the publishing process.

As of the second phase, a total of eight publishers are providing feedback on all aspects of the Rubriq report and system, and will help develop the features and options designed for journal editors.

This second phase of the Rubriq beta launch introduces two new services for authors in addition to the Rubriq scorecard. The first is a plagiarism check. Rubriq has selected iThenticate to provide a complete plagiarism report, as it is stated to be widely recognised as the industry standard. This will not only help authors resolve any issues prior to submission, but can also be attached to a manuscript for use by any journal.

The second new service is the journal recommendation report. After the scorecard is completed, a list of journals is compiled that most closely matches the paper's scores and content. These data-driven suggestions are then checked for accuracy and relevance by a Rubriq team member who is experienced in journal selection, and who is also a published researcher. Authors will be able to filter and sort all of these journal recommendations by their own preferences, and therefore can make a well-informed decision about the best place to submit for a higher likelihood of success.

Rubriq is also expanding from its initial three areas of study to cover over 200 biological and medical fields. Information about journals in these fields has been compiled into a proprietary database, which is used in the journal recommendation process. Selected journals will soon receive invitations to claim their profiles, update their data, and become active in the Rubriq network. There is no cost for journals to join or participate in the Rubriq network. Journals that do not receive invitations can request membership on the Rubriq website.

Rubriq is actively accepting manuscript submissions as well as reviewer applications. Visitors to the website can sign up to participate as an author, reviewer and journal editor with a single account.

OSA launches new web-based submission and manuscript tracking system to streamline journal submissions
- 21 Mar 2013

The Optical Society (OSA) has announced the launch of Prism, its new web-based submission and manuscript tracking system for its suite of scholarly journals. When fully implemented, Prism will include customised modules for authors, reviewers and editors and will replace OSA's current system for handling the peer review process.

Prism was created to provide users with an easy-to-navigate interface and time-saving features. The first phase of the launch is the establishment of the author module, which includes new features like an easy-to-follow manuscript submission process, article tracking for co-authors, improved file uploading options and article classification options, and the ability to link co-authors and reviewer suggestions to existing OSA accounts.

Later this year, OSA will roll out new reviewer and editor modules. These modules will provide features like a single queue for reviewers to access their manuscript requests across all OSA journals and to submit referee comments. Editors will benefit from features designed to provide easier access to author responses when reviewing revised manuscripts, more reporting capability, and better tools for identifying appropriate experts to review submissions.

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Universities Australia and Thomson Reuters renew purchasing agreement
- 19 Mar 2013

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that Universities Australia has renewed the purchasing agreement that allows 36 members access to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science database for three additional years. This ensures that researchers have access to high quality scientific literature.

This renewal marks the 10th year of the partnership with Thomson Reuters. Universities Australia is the peak body representing Australian universities. It supports the vital role played by scientific research in promoting the economic and social wellbeing of all Australians.

In addition to extending access to Web of Science, Universities Australia renewed members' access to Journal Citation Reports, to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, as well as initiated access to Book Citation Index, an additional database within Web of Science.

Web of Science is a Web of Knowledge database that offers a true cited reference index, which is one of the best tools for discovery and claims to be the only method for retrieving accurate citation counts.

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MRS Communications covered in Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index
- 05 Mar 2013

MRS Communications, a journal that seeks to publish high-impact materials research with timeliness and scientific quality, has been selected for Thomas Reuters' Journal Citation Reports Science Edition and Current Contents/Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences. The Citation Index recognises journals of key importance in their subject areas and provides a guide to the essential must-read titles in the field.

MRS Communications was launched in 2011 by the Materials Research Society (MRS) and Cambridge University Press (CUP). It is said to be the first journal of its kind to establish future directions for the broad materials science community via prospective articles. The journal, attracting open access and traditional submissions, seeks to bring together researchers and professionals from the full range of materials fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering, to identify and report on trends in research.

The journal's editorial policies are stated to promote rapid online publication of results and rigorous peer review. Major article types include research letters, prospective papers, correspondence and commentaries.

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IOP Publishing and Thomson Reuters partner to manage significant growth in scientific article submissions
- 01 Mar 2013

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that it is working with IOP Publishing, part of the Institute of Physics, to provide its Thomson Reuters ScholarOne solution for handling the Institute's substantial increase in article submissions.

IOP Publishing has undertaken a comprehensive review of its editorial provisions in the last year. The decision to integrate ScholarOne, the industry-leading, peer-review management solution for publishers, into its submission process is in line with the company's mission to provide the best possible publishing service to its authors, referees and publishing partners.

IOP Publishing will use ScholarOne to quickly bring its communities additional functionality, such as deep links for referees and authors and improved access for board members and editors.

ScholarOne Manuscripts, a suite of tools and services from ScholarOne, will assist IOP Publishing by allowing for a more flexible approach to resource management and providing a wider variety of management options of peer review for partner titles. The solution will be implemented on a journal-by-journal basis throughout 2013.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is an innovative peer-review and online submission programme for scholarly publishers. It offers publishers the ability to balance the need for comprehensive information gathering with an author's desire to quickly submit an article. ScholarOne Manuscripts integrates manuscript invitation, submission, correspondence, reviewer management, reporting and user data management within one intuitive platform.

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Thomson Reuters launches Ideation Challenge to expand scientific discovery experience on Web of Knowledge
- 28 Jan 2013

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced the launch of its Ideation Challenge at the American Library Association (ALA) Mid Winter Meeting. Ideation Challenge is a contest for the scientific and scholarly research community, designed to expand the discovery experience offered by Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge.

The Web of Knowledge is an online, multifaceted research platform that provides a single point of access to premier multidisciplinary content alongside emerging trends, subject-specific content and research data. Resources available on the platform include objective content, citation analysis functionality, and bibliographic management tools, as well as access to full text documents in the sciences, social sciences and the art and humanities. The Ideation Challenge will award $10,000 to the selected individuals who develop innovative concept papers describing new ways users can interact with the content and tools in Web of Knowledge.

The Ideation Challenge is the first in a series of innovation challenges to be hosted by the Scientific & Scholarly Research group of Thomson Reuters. It is designed to raise awareness for relevant news and commentary, recognise excellence in research and encourage professional development. The first place winner will receive $6,000 USD. Second and third place winners will receive $3,000 USD and $1,000 USD, respectively.

There are 20 million users of the Web of Knowledge, ranging from students, information professionals, researchers and teaching faculty. Thomson Reuters is partnering with crowdsourcing leader InnoCentive for the Ideation Challenge.

The contest runs from January 24 to the weekend of February 24 and will be judged by a panel of technical and subject matter experts from within Thomson Reuters. After winners are announced, Thomson Reuters will launch the Build Challenge, where they will make Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge APIs available to participants who can develop programs that advance the practice of online scientific and scholarly research. This second, programmatic challenge will begin in April, with a whitepaper and code delivery expected.

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Thomson Reuters expands Book Citation Index through partnerships with top publishers
- 23 Jan 2013

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the expansion of the Book Citation Index through partnerships with top publishers such as Elsevier, Johns Hopkins University Press and the University of Chicago Press. These publishers, among others, will greatly enhance available content in the Index by adding 10,000 books in 2013, increasing the total to nearly 50,000 books from a variety of commercial, non-profit and university presses worldwide.

The Book Citation Index, available on the world's premier resource for integrated, multidisciplinary citation research, Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge, connects a library's most impactful books in its collection to powerful new discovery tools, enabling researchers to quickly and easily identify and access the most relevant books in their field. The Index helps users seamlessly search across books, journals and conference proceedings, to discover potential collaborators and glean useful information.

This significant expansion provides greater visibility to authors making meaningful contributions to their fields and enables scholars to navigate from a new starting point. Researchers will now have a richer, expanded view of research within the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Over the course of 2013, users will gain access to nearly 50,000 books and 1 million chapters linked to related journal articles and proceedings indexed within the Web of Knowledge.

Elsevier, Johns Hopkins University Press, University of Chicago Press, Brill, University of Illinois Press, McGill Queens University Press and the International Monetary Fund will join more than 100 publishers that currently provide content for the Book Citation Index.

Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index comprises scholarly books, both electronic and print, that present fully referenced articles of original research or reviews of the literature, and has been carefully selected based on well-defined criteria to offer the most significant literature in numerous languages.

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New organisation Rubriq offers standardised peer review scorecard process
- 21 Dec 2012

Rubriq, a new for-benefit organisation, has been formed to address the challenges of the peer review system for scientific publishing, and to recover lost hours from redundant reviews so they can be put back into research. In the current journal submission process, rejection is common, yet reviews are rarely passed along from one journal to the next. This leads to reviewers repeating work that has already been done on the same manuscript by other colleagues. Using data from published studies and reports, the Rubriq team estimates that over 15 million hours of time are spent on redundant or unnecessary reviews – every year.

To address this issue, the Rubriq team has been testing a standardised peer review instrument that can be used for any paper that follows the traditional scientific method. This patent-pending scorecard process will be used for double-blinded peer review by three academic reviewers. Detailed reviewer comments will be accompanied by numerical ratings for each of the sections that can be used to quickly sort papers by quality and impact, and will also produce an overall score (R-Score). The scoring system will be aligned with journal acceptance rates and other key factors, which will allow the Rubriq system to suggest best matches between journals and papers.

For authors, the Rubriq independent peer review system will offer the advantage of a fast (in about a week) pre-submission peer review from three experts in their field, as well as recommendations for the best journal match for their manuscripts. Reviewers will receive compensation for their expedited reviews and will benefit from the efficiency of a standardised scorecard. Journals will have free access to reviews and scores, and can use the data to pre-screen papers to make their own process more efficient.

Unlike other proposals to revamp peer review, the Rubriq system will reportedly not only preserve the value of rigorous pre-publication review, but also can be used effectively by any publishing model, including traditional subscription journals, as well as Green and Gold Open Access journals.

Rubriq has been founded by a team of seasoned experts who are former researchers and scientific publishing industry experts. It is actively recruiting reviewers in all fields, and is now accepting manuscripts for a beta version of its service in the fields of immunology, cancer biology and microbiology.

Visitors to the web site can sign up to participate as an author, reviewer and journal editor with a single account. The Rubriq system seeks to serve the scientific community with innovation that improves the process of peer review and journal matching.

Aries Systems renames Preprint Manager to ProduXion Manager
- 28 Nov 2012

Aries Systems, a US-based developer of workflow platforms for scholarly publishers, has renamed its production tracking solution from 'Preprint Manager' to 'ProduXion Manager.'

Aries’ cloud-based workflow solutions have been adopted by more than 4,800 scholarly journals and are used to process millions of manuscripts.

The ProduXion Manager module improves the efficiency of manuscript workflow by administering metadata, tracking files, and enabling issue and vendor management. ProduXion Manager has been adopted by dozens of publishers including the world's largest Open Access journal PLOS ONE, Nature, the American Meteorological Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Thomson Reuters’ Data Citation Index connects researchers to data repositories worldwide
- 17 Oct 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of the Data Citation IndexTM, a research resource within the Web of KnowledgeSM, to facilitate the discovery, use and attribution of data sets and data studies that also link to peer-reviewed literature.

This new research resource from Thomson Reuters creates a single source of discovery for scientific, social sciences and arts and humanities information. It provides a single access point to discover foundational research within data repositories around the world in the broader context of peer-reviewed literature in journals, books, and conference proceedings already indexed in the Web of Knowledge.

Previously, it has been extremely difficult to discover, attribute and measure the research compiled within data sets. Analysts at Thomson Reuters closely researched this issue and determined that a system was needed to help researchers more easily discover data relevant to their work and attribute it in a way that appropriately acknowledges intellectual debt. The Thomson Reuters white paper, "Collaborative Science: Solving the Issues of Discovery, Attribution and Measurement in Data Sharing," takes a close look at this analysis and the approach of utilising the Data Citation Index to bridge the scholarly research gap.

The Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index makes research within the digital universe discoverable, citable and viewable within the context of the output the data has informed. Thomson Reuters partnered with numerous data repositories worldwide to capture bibliographic records and cited references for digital research, facilitating visibility, author attribution, and ultimately the measurement of impact of this growing body of scholarship.

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Elsevier and Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China launch ISTIC-Elsevier Journal Assessment Research Center
- 28 Sep 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC) have announced the establishment and opening of the ISTIC-Elsevier Journal Assessment Research Center.

Based in Beijing, the mission of the ISTIC-Elsevier Journal Assessment Research Center is to enhance China's opportunities in bibliometric research. The research center will focus on identifying research topics of interest to both Elsevier and ISTIC, such as article level bibliometric analyses for measuring journal quality and research performance of individuals and institutions.

In following their mission, the ISTIC-Elsevier Journal Assessment Research Center will use Elsevier's SciVal Spotlight, a web-based tool that enables countries and institutions to evaluate their research performance, measure their strengths against peers and establish and execute research strategies based on objective information, and Scopus, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. These Elsevier tools will help extract and integrate insights about China's research performance and advance journal assessment research and article-based analytics. In addition, Scopus data will be included in the ISTIC annual university research performance report.

Elsevier and ISTIC will also establish an Expert Content Selection and Advisory Committee of China (ECSAC-China). The ECSAC-China board members will work closely with Elsevier to evaluate and select Chinese Journals to be submitted for evaluation by the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB), the independent group that approves titles for Scopus indexing.

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American Psychological Association to deploy Editorial Manager for journals
- 14 Aug 2012

Aries Systems, a US-based provider of publishing software, has announced that the American Psychological Association (APA) has selected its Editorial Manager for manuscript submission and peer review of over 70 journals.

APA Journals expects the Editorial Manager tool to provide it with various additional features that have been requested by its editors, reviewers and authors over the past years.

Aries is stated to have a proven track record of innovation and established processes of enhancing the system, as evidenced by its broad client base of publishers, both large and small, around the world.

Several of APA's journals are already using Aries' Software as a Service, including International Perspectives in Psychology.

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Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters to host SciELO database on the Web of Knowledge platform
- 26 Jul 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters, US, has partnered with Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) to host the SciELO database on the Web of Knowledge search and discovery platform. SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online – is a Program of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for the cooperative publishing of open access journals on the Internet.

It is expected that this partnership will help bring greater visibility and improved access to research from emerging economies, particularly Latin America, the Caribbean, South Africa, and developed Latin-language areas including Spain and Portugal. The SciELO database will be integrated into Web of Knowledge, enabling researchers to review and analyse relevant regional content alongside top-tier international literature.

Currently, SciELO publishes about 40 thousand new articles every year from over 900 open access journals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Venezuela. The addition of SciELO to Web of Knowledge will follow a similar model to that of the Chinese Science Citation Database, which has been hosted on Web of Knowledge since 2008. Both databases are part of Thomson Reuters, to spotlight regionally relevant scholarly literature and identify influential authors and research within rapidly developing research centers.

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge provides access to citation databases, covering over 100 years of research in more than 24,000 of the highest impact journals from around the world, as well as thousands of academic conference proceedings and scholarly books.

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Thomson Reuters releases 2011 Journal Citation Reports
- 28 Jun 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters has announced the release of the 2011 Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The JCR claims to be the world's most influential resource for information on highly cited, peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual Journal Impact Factors.

The 2011 release, with separate editions for Science and Social Sciences, features the largest-ever JCR with 10,677 journal listings in 232 disciplines. 2,552 publishers from 82 countries are represented. A total of 528 journals receive their first Journal Impact Factor in this latest JCR release.

The JCR includes a combination of impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points that comprise the complete journal citation network in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science's Science and Social Science indexes, enabling its users to have an accurate view of each journal's ranking in the world of scholarly literature.

Since its inception in 1975, the JCR has grown steadily. The first JCR was released as a tool for assessing the performance of the world's leading scientific journals. Its first edition included 2,630 journals. The Social Sciences were included in the JCR in 1977, adding 1,285 additional journals that year. Throughout its 37-year history, the JCR has made continual updates to ensure that both coverage and indicators accurately reflect the changing trends in global research.

The various metrics and detailed citation information included in JCR provide a multifaceted view of the importance researchers place on particular journals as evidence by citation. In 2006, Thomson Reuters launched a special initiative aimed at expanding coverage of Regional Content. The Web of Science now covers 2,000 Regional Journals, many of which have appeared in the JCR for the first time in recent years.

The JCR offers librarians, publishers, authors, researchers, universities, institutions and bibliometricians a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. Journal selection decisions for the JCR are made throughout the course of a year with the goal of identifying, evaluating and selecting the most important and influential international and regional journals for coverage in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science platform. Once citations are available for a minimum 2-year period of time, these data are then analyzed and published in the JCR.

Thomson Reuters selected by 4 organisations for data analysis and management
- 13 Mar 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that it has been selected by four organisations to provide essential data and insight into their ground-breaking scientific initiatives. The organisations include Alzheimer's Research UK, the Institute of Physics, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

These partnerships are expected to shed new light on the current scientific environments in multiple fields, inform research and influence policy decision making. Thomson Reuters was selected to provide citation data, unify disparate information sources and apply insight based on its capabilities in evaluating, selecting and analysing scientific and scholarly data.

For a current look at the state of the UK's research in Alzheimer's disease and physics, Thomson Reuters performed in-depth bibliometric evaluations to measure and compare performance and provide snapshots of where the UK stands in each field. These analyses were used in Alzheimer's Research UK's Defeating Dementia report and the Institute of Physics' Bibliometric evaluation and international benchmarking of the UK's physics research report, where Thomson Reuters data is helping to influence government policies and contribute to wider discussions of research in these fields.

Thomson Reuters' expertise is projected to help move research forward. Global Health Connect, an online resource for tackling the explosion of Big Data for global health, is under development in partnership with the NIH's Office of Technology Transfer and BIO Ventures for Global Health. Once complete, Global Health Connect will support the development of treatments for neglected diseases.

Thomson Reuters' partnerships with the NSF, Institute of Physics and Alzheimer's Research UK were backed by Web of Knowledge, a source of scholarly research and citation data and interpretation by its industry subject-matter and research policy experts. The Global Health Connect initiative is said to leverage Thomson Reuters' expertise in data management methodology and technology development.

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Crown Research Institutes of New Zealand select Web of Knowledge to accelerate research and development
- 09 Mar 2012

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the Crown Research Institutes of New Zealand (CRIs) have selected the Web of Knowledge platform to enhance the research and analytic capabilities of almost 3,000 researchers from six institutes. The renewal of the agreement represents a key step towards enhancing the national research environment to accelerate research and development, and drive New Zealand’s knowledge economy.

The six CRIs selected Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge to help New Zealand researchers identify the most influential literature in the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities from around the world. Web of Knowledge contains the world’s largest multidisciplinary citation databases, conference proceedings records and analysis tools from Web of Science.

The six CRIs are the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research), Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS Science), The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (Plant & Food Research), Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) and New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (Scion).

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge provides access to the world’s largest citation databases, including Web of Science which covers over 100 years of research in more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals across multiple disciplines, and over 150,000 conference proceedings records from around the world. CRI members can find high-impact articles and proceedings and detect emerging research trends. Journal Citation Reports extends the capabilities of Web of Science to measure and evaluate journal impact and influence, thereby helping CRIs to understand a journal’s true place in the world of scholarly literature.

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Legenda book series included in Thomson Reuters' Book Citation Index
- 24 Feb 2012

Academic publisher Maney Publishing, UK, has announced that over 100 books in the Legenda imprint, published in partnership with the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), have been included in the newly-launched Book Citation Index of Thomson Reuters.

The Book Citation Index, launched in October 2011, is part of the Web of Knowledge research platform, which covers 25,000 books dating back to 2005 in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Researchers can search for relevant book content along with 12,000 peer-reviewed journals and 150,000 conference proceedings, enabling users to navigate the links in citations across the various outlets of academic research.

Founded in 1995, as a Humanities imprint, Legenda has published more than 200 monographs, collections and editions. The Legenda collection disseminates important new research on the literature, culture and languages of Europe, Latin American and elsewhere. Series titles include Italian Perspectives, Research Monographs in French Studies, Moving Image, and Studies in Comparative Literature.

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Mexico-based Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia selects Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge
- 21 Oct 2011

Thomson Reuters, a US-based provider of information for healthcare professionals, has announced that the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT), a national council promoting science and technology policies in Mexico, has selected Web of Knowledge to enhance the research and analytic capabilities of researchers across the nation.

All 118 institutions and universities supported by CONACYT will now gain access to Web of Knowledge, including multidisciplinary citation data, conference proceedings records and analysis tools from Web of Science, and Journal Citation Reports, connecting Mexican researchers to the most influential literature from around the world.

CONACYT chose Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge to help Mexican researchers navigate the extensive full-text article collections CONACYT has helped secure for the nation's universities and research facilities. The two-year contract represents a major investment by CONACYT in smaller institutions and universities that previously lacked the means to support the growth of scientific research.

With an index of over 12,000 journals and 148,000 conference proceedings across multiple disciplines, Web of Science provides a comprehensive citation database for CONACYT members to find high-impact articles and proceedings and detect emerging research trends. Journal Citation Reports extends the capabilities of Web of Science to measure and evaluate journal impact and influence, and calculates a Journal Impact Factor for each covered publication.

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Institutions across the Republic of Kazakhstan gain access to Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge
- 13 Oct 2011

Thomson Reuters, a US-based provider of information for healthcare professionals, has announced a three-year national agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan's National Center for Scientific and Technical Information. The deal will bring Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge to 322 academic, research and government institutions across the country.

The National Center for Scientific and Technical Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan is one of the largest information centers among the post-Soviet Union countries and the initiator of a set of breakthrough projects in Kazakhstan science.

The agreement is the largest for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform in Central Asia, and is the third agreement the company has signed with a national government during the past twelve months. The national agreements for Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge ensure access to the most comprehensive source of citation information for multiple institutions within a country, and represent a key step towards enhancing the national research environment for the governments involved.

Under the agreement, researchers throughout Kazakhstan will gain access to the world's leading citation databases, enabling them to quickly search and discover the most high impact literature in the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. In addition, the powerful analysis tools within the platform will enable institutions across the country to evaluate and benchmark their own research with that of the peers around the world, and to identify possible opportunities for future collaboration.

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Thomson Reuters launches Book Citation Index for Web of Knowledge
- 11 Oct 2011

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the launch of the Book Citation Index, a new resource within the Web of Knowledge platform covering 25,000 books in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

The Book Citation Index is designed to enhance the powerful discovery and analysis capabilities of Web of Knowledge by incorporating comprehensive book citation data. Researchers can search for and identify the most relevant and esteemed literature along with the 12,000 peer-reviewed journals and 150,000 conference proceedings already indexed in Web of Knowledge, enabling users to navigate the links in citations across books, journals and proceedings. Books are indexed at the chapter level, resulting in improved searches and deeper insights into the citing behaviour between books and the wider world of scholarly research.

The new layer of citation data created by the addition of the Book Citation Index to Web of Knowledge has implications for the entire platform and its users. Those who work primarily in the arts and humanities will benefit from increased visibility for their works, which may not have been indexed among other scholarly publications, while all researchers will have greater opportunity for collaboration as a result of increased citations. Initially, 13.5 million additional cited references will appear in Web of Knowledge as a result of the Book Citation Index launch.

Content for the Book Citation Index is comprised of scholarly books, both electronic and print, that present fully referenced articles of original research or reviews of the literature, and has been carefully selected based on well-defined criteria to offer the most significant literature available. The index consists of 25,000 books, dating back to 2005. Coverage is expected to rise to 30,000 books by the end of 2011, with 10,000 new books added each year.

In addition, universities and research institutions can connect their library's book catalogue and collection of e-books with the Book Citation Index, increasing the visibility of valuable collections and subscriptions to users, and giving libraries greater value from their invested budget.

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Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Research partners with Thomson Reuters for Web of Knowledge platform
- 09 Sep 2011

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced a new three-year partnership with the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Research to bring Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge – an integrated and versatile research platform – to scientists and researchers at more than 60 institutions across Algeria.

The partnership will provide research scientists in the country with access to the world's leading research citation databases with comprehensive indexes of more than 12,000 of the most influential journals worldwide and research dating back to 1900. The Web of Knowledge platform will become the main point of access to scientific literature for the country's research community and forms a key component of the government's initiative to enhance the country's research environment.

Algeria currently has 34 national research programmes underway and has committed to spending $1.48 billion on science over five years. The investment will allow the country to double its expenditure on scientific research, from 0.5 to one per cent of its GDP, while the number of scientific researchers will increase from 21,000 to 28,000 and the number of scientific labs to 1,200.

According to an analysis of data from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge, research papers linked to Algeria show a strong focus in the fields of materials science, chemistry, engineering and physics. During the period 2005-2009, Algeria published 687 research papers in the field of materials science, making it one of the largest producers of research in this field for the North Africa region.

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BMJ Group announces impact factor rise for more than half of its journal titles
- 08 Jul 2011

Medical publisher the BMJ Group, UK, has announced impact factor rise for more than half of its journal titles. The impact factor, which measures the average citations to articles published in a journal, has risen for more than half of the specialist titles published by the international publisher and held steady across most of the others.

Several titles have also shot up the leader board in the world rankings in their particular sectors. The latest 2010 figures, published in the Journal Citation Report, Science Edition, show that 15 titles have increased their impact factor (IF).

BMJ Group currently publishes 40 titles in addition to the BMJ, which is ranked 6th in the world in the category of general medicine (IF 13.471).

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases remains in pole position in the field of rheumatology for the third year running, with an IF of 9.082. Thorax remains second in the respiratory medicine category, ahead of Chest, with an IF of 6.525, while Gut now has an IF of 10.614―an increase of 1.26 on last year― and is ranked number 3 in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.

Sexually Transmitted Infections rose 16 places in the world rankings and is now second among journals publishing sexually transmitted diseases research. Its IF rose from 2.175 in 2009 to 3.029 in 2010. The Journal of Medical Genetics IF has jumped to 7.037, an increase of 1.286 on the previous year, at a time when many of its competitors have remained steady. The journal's ranking has also moved up to 16th position, with many titles ahead of it review publications.

Two of the Group's titles, published under its Affinity programme-which offers full publishing services to professional societies-have received their first ever impact factors.

These are the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, published on behalf of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, with an impact factor of 1.069, placing it 11th in the neuroimaging category; and Acupuncture in Medicine, published on behalf of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, with an IF of 1.381, placing it 12th in the integrative and complementary medicine category.

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Future Science Group announces continued growth in impact factors
- 05 Jul 2011

Publisher Future Science Group, UK, has announced highlights of its latest journal Impact Factor results, with impressive increases across its imprints Future Medicine, Future Science and Expert Reviews, following the recent publication of the new Impact Factors in the 2010 Journal Citation Report (JCR) by Thomson Reuters. Impact Factors, calculated by Thomson Reuters indicate the number of times a published article has been cited during the course of a year - providing an indication on how much of an 'impact' a journals content is making on its research audience.

Together with the increase in impact factors across the Future Medicine and Expert Reviews portfolios, most journals also achieved an improvement in their ranking within specific categories. The star performers were Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics with an impressive increase to 4.652 from 3.693, Expert Review of Proteomics, with an increase to 4.406 from 3.570 and Regenerative Medicine rising to 3.358 from 2.929 last year.

Many of the publisher's new titles also received their first impact factors in the 2010 Journal Citation Report including Future Science titles; Bioanalysis, coming in with 1.337 and Future Medicinal Chemistry at 1.424. Other titles receiving first-time impact factors included Epigenomics and Future Oncology from Future Medicine which scored 3.429 and 2.455 respectively.

Six titles in the Expert Review series and eight Future Medicine publications had increased Impact Factors in total this year.

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AIP announces significant increase in impact factors of several key titles
- 04 Jul 2011

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has announced significant increases in the impact factors of many of its key titles, as reported in the 2010 Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

Stand-out performances include a 34.6 percent jump by Biomicrofluidics, a more than 15 percent increase by Chaos, and impressive gains for Applied Physics Letters, Physics of Fluids, Review of Scientific Instruments, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, and Journal of Laser Applications.

AIP journals maintained their place among the most highly cited journals in their categories. Led by Applied Physics Letters (APL) and Journal of Applied Physics (JAP), AIP ranked first overall in applied physics citations. Its total of four titles garnered more than a third of all cited references among the 116 journals in the category, while representing just 4 percent of the titles indexed.

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Cell Press titles post impressive impact factors
- 04 Jul 2011

Cell Press, an imprint of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced that its flagship journal Cell's 2010 impact factor increased to 32.401, according to new data released in the Journal Citation Reports published by Thomson Reuters. The impact factor for Cell, a leading research journal in Cell Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, has climbed steadily over the last 5 years.

Among Cell Press's more recent suite of journal launches focusing on translational biomedical areas, Cancer Cell delivered another strong performance increasing by almost 7 percent to 26.925. Rising stars Cell Stem Cell and Cell Host & Microbe continue to grow from strength to strength in their third year of impact factors with Cell Stem Cell rising to 25.943 and Cell Host & Microbe increasing to 13.728.

The 14 Trends review titles which joined Cell Press in 2007, also demonstrated significant increases in a number of subject areas. Leading lights include Trends in Biotechnology which grew 40 percent to 9.644, Trends in Ecology & Evolution which increased by 25 percent to 14.448, Trends in Genetics which increased by 31 percent to 11.364 and Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism which increased by 29 percent to 8.479.

Impact Factors measure the frequency which the average article in a journal has been cited in a given year. This data helps indicate a journal's relative importance when compared to other publications in the same field.

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Moroccan institute in partnership with Thomson Reuters for Web of Knowledge platform
- 01 Jul 2011

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced a three-year partnership with Morocco's Institut Marocain de l'information Scientifique et Technique (IMIST). The deal is to bring Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge - an integrated search and discovery platform - to scientists and researchers at 14 IMIST public institutions.

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge seeks to deliver access to the world's leading scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, while providing metrics and analytical tools for assessing research influence and impact.

IMIST, a research institute dedicated to creating a network of science and technology information for the scientific community, holds an investment budget of 150 million dirhams. It reports to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique as operator of research. Through the Web of Knowledge, IMIST expects to provide Moroccan scientists and decision-makers with quick and efficient access to scientific and technical information.

The IMIST's other goals for the research environment include streamlining resources of national scientific and technical information, and contributing to strengthening and upgrading the national economy to better cope with international competition.

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Thomson Reuters releases 2010 Journal Citation Reports
- 29 Jun 2011

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the release of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports (JCR). JCR claims to be the world's most influential source of information about highly-cited, peer reviewed publications and the source of the new Journal Impact Factors.

The 2010 release features the largest ever JCR with 10,196 journal listings in 238 disciplines of Science and Social Sciences. About 2,494 publishers from 84 countries are represented, some for the first time. A total of 1,075 journals receive their first Journal Impact Factor in the latest JCR release.

Through the Thomson Reuters Regional Content Expansion project, an ambitious multi-year initiative that began in 2006, Thomson Reuters has successfully added 1,355 journals with a regional focus in 84 countries - 522 of which receive a Journal Impact Factor for the first time.

Journal Selection takes place throughout the course of a year and its goal is to identify, evaluate and select the most important and influential International and Regional journals for coverage in Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform. The following year, these data are then analysed and published in the JCR release, providing a view of how these journals are integrated, through citation, with the scholarly, multidisciplinary literature.

The recognised authority for evaluating journals, JCR presents quantitative data that support a systematic, objective review of the world's leading journals. Using a combination of impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points that comprise the complete journal citation network of Web of Knowledge, JCR enables users to understand a journal's true place in the world of scholarly literature.

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South Africa's National Research Foundation selects InCites to analyse institutional productivity
- 27 Jun 2011

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the National Research Foundation (NRF), an independent government agency supporting research in South Africa, has selected InCites to analyse institutional productivity and benchmark its research output versus peers worldwide.

InCites is a citation-based research evaluation tool on the Web. It enables academic and government administrators to gain a greater understanding of their institution's research activity and output, and make more informed strategic decisions based on customised data sets. Backed by citation data from Web of Science, InCites captures essential metrics such as total papers, citation impact and collaboration indicators, combining them with powerful tools and reporting mechanisms.

The NRF will use InCites to monitor research impact, pinpoint influential researchers and emerging trends, set measurable goals and plan its research strategy. It will also use the Global Comparisons module of InCites to enhance its global benchmarking and comparison capabilities.

InCites is part of the research analytics suite of solutions provided by Thomson Reuters that supports strategic decision making and the evaluation and management of research. This suite of solutions includes consulting services, custom studies and reports, Web-based platforms and enterprise systems.

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Italian National Research Council selects Thomson Reuters new Web of Knowledge platform for 108 member institutions
- 09 Jun 2011

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the Italian National Research Council (CNR) has selected the new Web of Knowledge platform as an important source of citation data and analysis for its 108 member institutions. CNR is one of the largest public research organisations in Italy.

Thomson Reuters new Web of Knowledge is an integrated and versatile search and discovery platform that delivers access to the world's leading scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. It also provides metrics and analytical tools for assessing research influence and impact.

The CNR signed a three year contract for access to the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform, which includes multidisciplinary citation data, conference proceedings records and analysis tools from the Web of Science, as well as Journal Citation Reports. The agreement brings together for the first time all 108 institutions affiliated with the CNR under one contract.

The Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform will provide the CNR with access to citation databases covering more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals, and over 110,000 conference proceedings records from around the world.

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Japan Science and Technology Agency selects Thomson Reuters’ ScholarOne Manuscripts for 64 journals
- 08 Jun 2011

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has selected ScholarOne Manuscripts as a peer review workflow management system for its 64 journals.

JST reviewed multiple solutions and selected two preferred systems when it upgraded its internal system Japanese Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic (J-STAGE) from J-STAGE2, a proprietary system, to J-STAGE3. ScholarOne Manuscripts was selected as a customised sub-system for integration to J-STAGE3 because of its easy to use interface and its familiarity among Japanese researchers, who are currently using it for their submissions to other leading journals worldwide.

J-STAGE is maintained by JST incorporated administrative agency to enable scholarly journals from Japanese societies to be transformed into online journals to support their information distribution. These online journals are accessible to researchers from any part of the world and the published manuscripts are cross-linked to various online journal sites overseas such as ChemPort, PubMed and CrossRef.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is a web-based peer review and submission application for scholarly publishers. It automates the manuscript submission process, allowing for easy administration, editing and review of manuscripts, abstracts, proceedings, books, grants and awards and production.

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Improvements to next round of Excellence in Research for Australia initiative announced
- 31 May 2011

Innovation Minister, Senator Carr has announced improvements to the next round of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative in a statement to Estimates Hearing of the Senate Economics Committee.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) will use a refined journal quality indicator for ERA 2012. Evaluation committees will assess the appropriateness of the journals used as publication outlets for research, taking into account any regional or applied focus of the disciplinary unit concerned. For this purpose, evaluation committees will be presented with a profile of the journals (or other relevant publications) used most frequently by the unit under evaluation.

As a consequence of this change, journals will no longer be assigned a prescriptive rank. However, the ARC will continue to maintain a list of eligible journals and their relevant classification codes to support benchmark metrics.

ERA 2012 will also better capture multidisciplinary research. Articles with significant content from a discipline will be able to be assigned to that discipline regardless of where the article is published. For instance, an article on ethics in a medical journal could be assigned to ethics, even if the journal was coded to a medical discipline.

The ARC will also strengthen peer review and extend the capture of applied research activity for the ERA 2012 evaluation.

The ARC received strong feedback that changes to ERA methodology should be minimised to ensure consistency. These changes ensure that ERA evaluations will continue to be informed by a broad range of indicators covering research quality, research volume and activity, research application and research recognition.

The ARC will release the draft submission guidelines for ERA 2012 to provide opportunity to comment on the proposed changes.

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Japan Science and Technology Agency selects Editorial Manager for its journals
- 12 May 2011

Online submission system provider Aries Systems, US, and its distribution partner in Japan, Atlas Corporation, have announced that Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) will make the Editorial Manager online submission and peer review system available to its journals.

Editorial Manager is one of two systems selected by JST. Editorial Manager includes the ability to 'toggle' between Japanese and English interfaces and claims to have significantly more configuration options than any other platform.

Editorial Manager is a web-based system for soliciting author manuscripts and managing peer review. It is already used by thousands of scholarly journals worldwide. Dozens of JST journals will be transitioning to the system over the summer of 2011.

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Thomson Reuters launches new Web of Knowledge with better functionality and features
- 04 Apr 2011

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the launch of the new Web of Knowledge. This latest release of the leading source of scholarly research and citation data delivers better functionality and new features.

Launched more than a decade ago, Web of Knowledge has steadily evolved into an integrated and powerful search and discovery platform that delivers access to the world's leading scholarly publications in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. It also provides metrics and analytical tools for assessing research influence and impact.

The new Web of Knowledge builds upon this legacy and introduces more highly requested features for a new generation of librarians and researchers. These include enhanced search capabilities for more accurate results and improved data management and analysis tools, for the most comprehensive search experience possible.

Other key features of the new Web of Knowledge include full integration of ResearcherID with Web of Science and greater depth of citation resources with the fully integrated BIOSIS Citation Index and Chinese Science Citation Database. Additionally, the new citation summary report allows users to intuitively navigate multiple resources. As a result of automated query expansion, users can now experience faster search and improved recall.

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge provides access to the world's largest citation databases, including Web of Science, which covers over 100 years of research in more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals, and over 110,000 conference proceedings records from around the world.

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The Endocrine Society launches Editorial Manager sites for four journals
- 18 Mar 2011

Online submission system provider Aries Systems, US, has announced that the Endocrine Society is in the process of establishing Editorial Manager sites as the electronic workflow solution for four of its journals. The journals are: Endocrinology, Endocrine Reviews, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and Molecular Endocrinology.

Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society claims to be the world's oldest organisation devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Its peer-reviewed journals lead the field in providing in-depth information on cutting-edge issues in endocrinology.

The innovative features comprising EM's frequent releases appealed to the society with its compressed publishing lead times, and its processes such as REP (Rapid Electronic Publication), which makes research papers accessible to subscribers weeks prior to print and online journal publication.

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European Research Council and Thomson Reuters sign four-year deal for Web of Knowledge
- 18 Mar 2011

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the pan-European funding organisation, the European Research Council (ERC), has selected Web of Knowledge to support the monitoring and evaluation of its funding programmes.

The ERC signed a four year contract for access to the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform, which includes multidisciplinary citation data, conference proceedings records and analysis tools from the Web of Science. The Web of Knowledge platform will provide the ERC with access to the world's largest citation databases covering more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals, and over 110,000 conference proceedings records from around the world.

The Web of Knowledge platform was selected to assist the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) in assessing the impact of ERC funded programmes, as outlined under the 'Ideas Program' of the European Union's Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7).

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge is an integrated search and discovery platform that delivers access to the world's leading scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as providing metrics and analytical tools for assessing research influence and impact.

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CERN selects Web of Knowledge from Thomson Reuters
- 07 Feb 2011

Business information provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has selected Web of Knowledge. CERN claims to be one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research.

Following a competitive bidding process, CERN selected Web of Knowledge complete with Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports and Conference Proceedings Citation Index. CERN will use the Web of Knowledge solution to facilitate the discovery and retrieval of literature outside of its core field of high energy physics.

Web of Knowledge will provide CERN with access to the world's leading research citation databases, which include more than 12,000 of the most influential journals worldwide and research dating back to 1900. The databases will be the main point of access to scientific literature for engineers involved with constructing and maintaining the experimental equipment used at the laboratory.

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Wiley-Blackwell appoints Kyorinsha to provide ScholarOne service to society journals in Japan
- 30 Nov 2010

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, recently signed an agreement with Kyorinsha Co., Ltd. to provide support and maintenance to Wiley-Blackwell society journals in Japan that are managed in the ScholarOne Manuscripts system.

ScholarOne Manuscripts, a business of Thomson Reuters, provides comprehensive workflow management systems for scholarly journals, books, and conferences, by using Web-based applications to manage the submission, peer review, and publication processes more efficiently. Kyorinsha supports a version of the industry-leading system, which offers a Japanese-language interface paired with the full support capabilities from ScholarOne.

Under the new partnership, Wiley-Blackwell appoints Kyorinsha to provide service for ScholarOne Manuscripts to journals where editorial offices are not housed within the Wiley Tokyo office. Wiley-Blackwell currently publishes 51 society journals in Japan in the sciences and social sciences, and encourages its society partners to use ScholarOne Manuscripts for editorial office peer-review management.

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Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals opts for Editorial Manager submission and peer review system
- 23 Nov 2010

Online submission system provider Aries Systems, US, has announced that publishing house Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) has selected the Editorial Manager submission and peer review system for its journal publishing activities.

BQFJ's newly established portfolio of open access journals will be developed to the highest international peer review standards and will accommodate authors and readers needs for high-quality publications. After a rigid peer review process, BQFJ journal articles will be accessible through the online content platform QScience.com.

Editorial Manager is a web-based system for soliciting author manuscripts and managing peer review. It is already used by thousands of scholarly journals. Preprint Manager enables efficient processing of manuscript workflow following editorial acceptance.

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Conference of Italian University Rectors selects Thomson Reuters' Web of Knowledge for 72 member universities
- 11 Oct 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) has selected Web of Knowledge for 72 of its member universities.

Under the agreement, CRUI has renewed its current subscription for 60 universities for another four years. Also, it has increased its subscription to include an additional 12 universities, taking the total subscription to 72. CRUI's subscription to Web of Knowledge includes access to Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

Web of Science will provide researchers, administrators, and students at CRUI's member universities with access to the world's leading citation databases with more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide. This will include Open Access journals and research dating back to 1900.

JCR will enable CRUI and its members to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. Further, it will allow universities to measure research influence and impact providing valuable benchmarking information with peer institutions around the world.

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ACM journals experience increased coverage by Thomas Reuters ISI Web of Science
- 23 Aug 2010

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that the January 2009 mid-year release of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) showed a significant increase in the coverage of ACM periodicals and publication of impact factors for 2009. In total, 29 ACM periodicals are now listed in JCR, an increase of 10 journals compared to 2008.

This is a noteworthy increase and is relevant as this report provides researchers, librarians, bibliometricians and scholars a better understanding to a journal's performance and influence around the world, the Association noted. The JCR is a determining factor for most researchers and scholars to have their research findings published and being listed in the JCR increases the likelihood of these scholars to publish their findings in these ACM's journals.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is published by the Healthcare & Science division of Thomas Reuters. It offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.

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PLoS goes live with Editorial Manager for PLoS ONE publication
- 16 Aug 2010

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced that Public Library of Science (PLoS) has gone live with Editorial Manager for its PLoS ONE publication, with additional PLoS publications to follow in the coming months. The system launch in July, 2010 was the result of close collaboration between the Aries and PLoS teams.

The Editorial Manager online submission system is used by several scholarly journals and processes tens of thousand of manuscripts per month. Commenting on the project, Nikolais Linsteadt, Publishing Systems Analyst at PLoS, said that Editorial Manager offers additional standardisation across journals and better control over settings and roles.

PLoS ONE receives a large number of submissions covering a broad range of subjects. Editorial Manager seeks to help administer matching manuscripts to appropriate external editors.

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Bowker launches automated manuscript submission process for general trade
- 12 Aug 2010

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, a business unit of ProQuest, has launched an automated manuscript submission process for the general trade. BowkerManuscriptSubmissions.com (BMS) is an Internet-based service that enables authors to be seen by publishers and ensures publishers don't miss the next bestseller. BMS seeks to bring authors, publishers and agents together in an efficient online system, where authors present their book proposals to the leading publishers in the industry from one central location. Acquisition editors apply e-tools that allow them to sort through them and zero in on the ideas they find most interesting.

BowkerManuscriptSubmissions.com is patterned after the ChristianManuscriptSubmissions.com. The CMS service which has been in operation for nearly 10 years has proven to be a successful process for both authors and publishers. It provides authors a significantly more cost-efficient manner for submitting a manuscript to multiple publishers, while editors gain electronic tools to quickly, effectively sift many submissions based on the specific search criteria.

Using a simple, intuitive website, authors, for a nominal fee, have the potential to present their book proposal to a vast number of publishers and agents through one connecting point. The website guides them through a process that allows them to add a sample chapter so editors can get a taste for their style, and descriptors that will help the right acquisition editors find the proposal. The site even includes resources to refine their work. Additionally, authors have the option to decide whether to expose their manuscript to 'pay to publish' companies versus traditional royalty based publishers. Publishers can then use the automated system to explore submitted manuscript proposals, sorting them by genre, audience, author, and date of entry - all at no charge to traditional publishers.

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BMJ Group opts for ScholarOne Manuscripts as peer review tool
- 11 Aug 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the BMJ Group, UK, has selected the former's ScholarOne Manuscripts as the peer review workflow management system for all of its journals. BMJ Group publishes 33 specialist titles apart from the British Medical Journal.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is projected as an innovative, web-based peer review and submission application for scholarly publishers. It seeks to automate the manuscript submission process, allowing for easy administration, editing and review, coupled with ScholarOne's security and support.

BMJ had sought a comprehensive and reliable solution that would provide the right tools for each journal and each editor. ScholarOne Manuscripts was seen to offer the ability to create customised templates that would help BMJ maximise its service to a large number of journals at one time.

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UGC Infonet Digital Library Consortium selects Thomson Reuters' Web of Science for education and research needs
- 05 Aug 2010

The UGC Infonet Digital Library Consortium, funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India, has selected Web of Science from Thomson Reuters to meet the education and research needs of its members. Fifty universities in India that are represented by the UGC Infonet Digital Library Consortium will benefit from this access including the University of Delhi, University of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Bangalore University.

The agreement is part of the project titled N-List, a joint project of INDEST AICTE Consortium (Indian National Digital Library in Engineering Sciences & Technology) and UGC Infonet Digital Library Consortium. The latter provides its member institutions with current and archival access as well as differential access to subscribed e-resources. The programme is implemented by the INFLIBNET Information and Library Network Centre, Ahmedabad, which is involved in creating infrastructure for the sharing of library and information resources and services among academic and research institutions.

Students, researchers and faculty members across India will now benefit from easy access to Web of Science, a leading citation database with multidisciplinary coverage of over 11,000 influential journals and 110,000 conference proceedings spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. They will also benefit from Web of Science backfiles that provide comprehensive, worldwide coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities with fully indexed, searchable and linkable data to enable deeper, more complete research.

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Elsevier announces 2009 Journal Impact Factor highlights
- 08 Jul 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the highlights of its journal Impact Factor performance in 2009. Elsevier saw over 65 percent of its journal Impact Factors (IFs) increase from 2008 to 2009. According to the 2009 Journal Citation Reports published by Thomson Reuters, Elsevier journals took the #1 position in 57 of 230 categories (up from 51 of 229 last year) across all of the sciences and social sciences.

This year there were 95 Elsevier journals that increased their IF by more than 50 percent over their 2008 scores. Amongst the biggest movers are journals in energy & fuels, climate change, sustainable development and banking & finance.

The Lancet and all three Lancet specialty journals improved their IFs this year. The Lancet's IF reached 30.758, ranking it 2nd in the Medicine, General & Internal category. The Lancet Neurology increased by 27 percent to 18.126, retaining its position as top-ranked journal in the Clinical Neurology category for the 6th consecutive year. The Lancet Infectious Diseases increased to 15.583, also retaining its position as top-ranked journal in its category of Infectious Diseases for the 6th consecutive year. The Lancet Oncology rose to 14.470, ranking it 5th of 165 journals in the Oncology category.

Cell, the flagship journal of Cell Press, remains the number one research journal in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology subject categories, with an Impact Factor of 31.152. Cell Press journals Cell Stem Cell and Cell Host and Microbe also saw their Impact Factors surge. In addition, 62 Elsevier journals earned their first IF this year.

The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The impact factor helps to evaluate a journal's relative importance, especially when compared with others in the same field.

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Thomson Reuters unveils new version of InCites
- 30 Jun 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the latest release of InCites is now available. InCites is a web-based solution that provides users with the tools needed to demonstrate the impact and importance of their institution's research.

InCites now creates institution and author profile reports that provide top-level snapshots of performance and gives users the ability to dive into core data for deep analysis. It also supports customisation of the data and flexible tools to manage, refine, share, and save reports. InCites users can now easily create a picture of their research output and impact at the author and department level, as well as the institution level available in previous versions. For citation-based research evaluation, these additional features claim to provide comprehensive and definitive view of research performance at the author and department levels.

Evaluation plays an increasingly important role in today's research landscape as stressed budgets and new funding initiatives require the ability to monitor and quantify research activity. InCites delivers objective measures of institutional research performance allowing professionals to make strategic choices to effectively further their research, budgetary, hiring, and market positioning goals.

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Two-thirds of Wiley-Blackwell's journal portfolio has an impact factor
- 30 Jun 2010

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and scholarly business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that two-thirds of its journals (67 percent and 1,013 titles) have an impact factor according to the Thomson ISI 2009 Journal Citation Reports (JCR). This is claimed to be a higher proportion of the list than any other major journals publisher. Of these ranked titles, nearly a quarter (332 titles) is in the top 10 of their subject category whilst two-thirds are in the top half of their category.

Wiley-Blackwell has 36 number 1 rankings (from 33 titles, with Econometrica top of three, and Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing top of two categories respectively), the joint highest number of top ranked titles as a proportion of the list. The Wiley-Blackwell journal CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians remains in first place overall with an impact factor of 87.925.

Fifty-one new titles were added to Wiley-Blackwell's listing in the JCR for 2009 with four titles re-listed. The publisher's average impact factor saw a 5.3 percent rise last year. This year, the company's average was 2.1, compared to 2.0 last year. This is in the context of an overall 1.7 percent reduction in average impact factor between JCR 2008 and 2009. Overall, Wiley-Blackwell published 11.2 percent of the journals, 11.3 percent of the articles, and received 11.1 percent of the citations.

Impact factors are a metric that reflect the frequency that peer-reviewed journals are cited by researchers, making them an important tool for evaluating a journal's quality.

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PE Publishing, RSNA and IET announce increased impact factor for 2009
- 29 Jun 2010

Professional Engineering Publishing (PE Publishing), the publishing arm of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK, has announced that the International Journal of Engine Research has been awarded an Impact Factor of 0.903 in the 2009 Journal Citation Reports. Published 6 times a year, the journal includes original papers on experimental and analytical studies of engine technology. With global coverage of the latest research developments and technological advances affecting the automotive, railway and marine industries, and other areas of transportation, this journal is projected as an essential reading for engineers in engine research and development both in academia and industry.

In a related announcement, Radiological Society of North America announced that its journal Radiology has continued to uphold its sterling reputation as the most highly cited journal in its field. According to the 2009 Journal Citation Report (JCR), Radiology now holds 46,643 citations and is the number one cited journal in the category of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging. The journal has also been recognised as one of the top 100 most highly cited journals in Thomson Reuter's Web of Science.

The Institute of Executive Training (IET) also announced increased Impact Factors for its journals. The newest title in the portfolio - IET Power Electronics - has been successful in its application for inclusion in the Web of Science and will receive its first impact factor in 2011.

Impact Factors are a method of measuring the influence which a journal has on the scientific community. Calculated by Thomson Reuters, they are designed to indicate how many times the published articles of a journal are cited during the course of a year, providing an insight to how much 'impact' the journal is making on the scientific community.

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Elsevier pilots new peer review programme - PeerChoice
- 23 Jun 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of PeerChoice, a new pilot peer review programme for Chemical Physics Letters where reviewers can now choose which articles they would like to review. It is expected that by choosing articles matching their expertise and interest, efficiency and effectiveness of the peer review process will be increased. The PeerChoice pilot will initially run for three months, starting in June.

PeerChoice reverses the traditional model in which the Editor selects articles for a reviewer to review. Using high-end software, the reviewer will be able to select the article that matches his academic competency and current interest, while committing to a timely review. Current checks and balances in the peer review process remain in place to ensure the usual high quality of the process.

The peer review programme is the result of a 2009 Peer Review Survey, which the publisher conducted in partnership with Sense About Science. The Survey revealed that a significant number of reviewers were sometimes hesitant to review an article because of a lack of expertise in that particular field. In addition, researchers made clear they want to improve peer review by improving article relevancy and speeding up turnaround time. PeerChoice is expected to contribute to solving these issues.

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Latest Cell Press journals post impressive impact factors
- 22 Jun 2010

Cell Press, an imprint of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced that in the year since their 2008 preliminary ranking, Cell Press journals Cell Stem Cell and Cell Host and Microbe saw their Impact Factors surge, according to new data released in the 2009 Journal Citation Reports published by Thomson Reuters.

In the recently released report, Cell Stem Cell's rating rose to 23.563 - a growth of 40 percent from the journal's previous score. Cell Host and Microbe ranks 13.021 - boasting an increase of 75 percent from the journal's 2008 Impact Factor. Cell, the flagship journal of Cell Press, remains the number one research journal in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology subject categories, with an Impact Factor of 31.152.

The ranking also reveal that Cancer Cell continues to grow with a 2009 rating of 25.288. Molecular Cell saw a 13 percent increase to 14.608, and The American Journal of Human Genetics, a Society journal within the Cell Press publishing portfolio, saw its Impact Factor jump 21 percent in 2009 to 12.303.

The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The Impact Factor helps to evaluate a journal's relative importance, especially when compared with others in the same field.

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Kyoto University study uses Scopus data to examine effectiveness of 21st Century COE programme for accelerating research performance
- 21 Jun 2010

Abstracting and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Kyoto University is employing its data and functions in a study performed by Dr. Takanori Ida, Professor at the Graduate School of Economics - Kyoto University. Scopus claims to be the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research.

The study, co-developed by the Graduate School of Economics - Kyoto University and Elsevier Japan, shows how effectively the government's large funding scheme, 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program, encouraged research activities in universities across Japan. Through the use of Scopus as a tool to identify all research papers related to this programme, the study examines whether a fair evaluation of the research output has been done.

A list of research papers authored by 6,000 researchers who participated in the COE program was collected. These papers served as object of study in Dr. Ida's quantitative analysis on the transition of the number of citations published by each researcher supported by the COE fund. By means of this investigation, Dr. Ida aims to capture statistical evidence of policy effect on large funding. He is giving an interim report on June 25, 2010, at the Kyoto University, along with the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS).

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Thomson Reuters releases 2009 Journal Citation Reports
- 18 Jun 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the release of the 2009 Journal Citation Reports (JCR). JCR claims to be the most widely used tool for assessing the world's leading journals. The metrics it offers, including Journal Impact Factor, empower users to objectively evaluate a journal's performance and its influence on research globally.

Featuring over 9,100 of the world's most highly cited peer-reviewed publications, the 2009 JCR includes 861 journals added through the Thomson Reuters Regional Content Expansion. This multi-year initiative aims to enrich the collection of regionally important and influential international journals represented in JCR and other Thomson Reuters services.

Included in 2009's release are features that help users visualise and evaluate the journal data in context, including Five-Year Impact Factor, which helps users evaluate journals in the context of their specific field; Eigenfactor Metrics that assess a journal's prestige and citation influence by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships; Rank-in-Category Tables, a unique visualisation tool illustrating at a glance a journal's performance in the context of multiple categories; and Journal 'Self-Citations,' an analysis of a journal's self citations and their effect on the Journal Impact Factor calculation.

Used by librarians, publishers, authors, researchers and bibliometricians alike, JCR offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. The 2009 release analyses the performance of the world's most highly cited, peer-reviewed journals from 2,200 publishers in 78 countries.

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Thomson Reuters announces Japanese version of ScholarOne Manuscripts
- 19 May 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the availability of a Japanese version of the ScholarOne Manuscripts peer review system, as part of the company’s renewed partnership with Kyorinsha Co., Ltd. The new version offers a Japanese language interface, combined with key components in the original system to allow for the full support capabilities users have come to expect from ScholarOne.

The Japanese version of the ScholarOne Manuscripts seeks to enhance usability and information sharing for Japanese-speaking users and supports the Thomson Reuters research workflow solution suite for the extensive Japanese scientific community. Several organisations in the region have already started using this system. The first user, The Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery, selected ScholarOne Manuscript’s Japanese system for use in The Japanese Journal of Gastroenterological Surgery.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is a web-based, database-driven peer review and online submission programme for scholarly publishers. It works by automating the manuscript submission to journals and allows for easy administrative, editing and reviewing capabilities. ScholarOne serves more than 365 societies and publishers, over 3,700 books and journals, and 13 million registered users.

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Universities Australia Consortium selects Thomson Reuters' Web of Science for education and research needs
- 18 May 2010

The Universities Australia consortium has chosen to renew Web of Science from Thomson Reuters for its members' education and research needs through 2013. Web of Science, a comprehensive database of research citations, is widely used by researchers, administrators, faculty and students. Universities Australia represents Australia's 39 universities.

Thomson Reuters and Universities Australia have worked together to fulfill the consortium's expanding content needs with Current ContentsConnect, a complete table of contents and bibliographic information, in the 1990s and Web of Science in 2002. Under the renewal agreement, Thomson Reuters will provide additional content such as Conference Proceedings Citation Index, a Web of Science database and Journal Citation Reports. These products enable users to search the right content and find relevant information within one integrated, versatile and easy-to-use system.

Web of Science, part of the Web of Knowledge platform, provides access to the world's leading citation databases with multidisciplinary coverage of over 11,000 influential journals and 110,000 conference proceedings spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Thomson Reuters claims to be the only organisation to provide users with a century of archival data and cited references from 1900 to present day spanning both the sciences (Century of Science) and social sciences (Century of Social Sciences). This enables users to track trends, authors and articles over the entire 20th century and to identify the most important scientific bibliographic and reference data plus seminal studies that form the basis for today's research. About one-third of Universities Australia members have access to the Century of Sciences and Social Sciences and the unique depth of archival data they offer.

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Elsevier's new Scopus Alerts (Lite) iPhone application to help researchers stay up-to-date while on-the-go
- 13 May 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has built a new iPhone application, Scopus Alerts (Lite) (http://tinyurl.com/scopusmob), to help researchers stay up-to-date while on-the-go.

The new application, which is available on iTunes and the Apple App Store globally, gives iPhone users the ability to find and display abstracts and reference information from the Scopus database, which covers 18,000 journals produced by more than 5,000 publishers worldwide. The app is designed to help eliminate the need for scientists to seek out a desktop or laptop computer when seeking quality research data while travelling, attending conferences or commuting to and from work.

Application features include the creation of search and citation alerts as well as the ability to save favourite abstracts and add notes. Further supporting collaboration among researchers, the app also allows users to share search results and links to favourite articles, via Email and Twitter.

The new Scopus Alerts (Lite) application is the first of several that Elsevier has planned to support the mobility of today’s researchers. A ScienceDirect app is in development and customers can expect to receive news of its availability over the summer. The current version of the application is available free of charge to existing Scopus customers and can be downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/scopusmob.

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60 Italian Universities gain access to Scopus
- 07 May 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a multi-year agreement with the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI). The deal is to provide researchers in 60 Italian Universities with access to Scopus. Scopus claims to be the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

Built in collaboration with scientists and librarians from around the world and launched commercially in 2004, Scopus has since been endorsed and adopted by researchers in the world’s top universities as well as international research assessment agencies.

The contract signed with Elsevier represents a great opportunity for the entire Italian university system. According to a CRUI representative, citation databases of peer-reviewed literature are now playing an ever-growing role in the quality assessment of scientific literature. Besides the economic advantage of a national contract for single universities, the deal paves the road to a wide range of cooperation opportunities with Elsevier. Among these, the possibility to cross-check Italian affiliations is seen to be the most urgent.

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ScholarOne partners with SciVee to capture and share meeting content
- 29 Apr 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced a new partnership between ScholarOne and SciVee, a provider of rich media solutions to the scientific, technical and medical market. ScholarOne is Thomson Reuters’ industry-leading peer review workflow management solution.

The partnership between ScholarOne and SciVee will give users of ScholarOne Abstracts (formerly Abstract Central) the ability to capture live meeting content and share this content post-event using one source. From a scholarly standpoint, users can augment their meetings or conferences with fluid, multimedia content. As a business tool, this application increases post-event revenue opportunities.

ScholarOne Abstracts is a web-based workflow solution that provides meeting organisers with a secure, complete, cost-effective workflow solution for abstract submission, peer review, programme creation, publishing output and administrative control.

SciVee was launched in late 2007 as a joint initiative between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. It provides Internet video and rich media web products and services for institutions and individual researchers to help the advancement of scientific knowledge.

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JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions accepted for coverage by Thomson Reuters abstracting and indexing services
- 26 Apr 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the American College of Cardiology have announced that the journal JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions has been accepted for coverage by Thomson Reuters (formerly Thomson Scientific/ISI) abstracting and indexing services, including the Journal Citation Reports. The Journal will receive its first impact factor in 2011.

Abstracting and indexing will begin with Volume 1:1 (2008) in Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch), Social Sciences Citation Index, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine and Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition.

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions publishes the pivotal trials that influence clinical practice and inform guidelines. Topics of critical interest to practitioners of interventional cardiovascular medicine are examined in clear and focused reviews by the world’s experts, and controversial issues are debated in pro/con features aimed at providing improved insights.

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North Carolina universities opt for Collexis and Scopus to create expert community
- 13 Apr 2010

Semantic technology and knowledge discovery software developer Collexis Holdings, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. The deal seeks to link research faculty from the universities utilising data from Elsevier’s Scopus database and the RAMSeS software environment developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phase I of the project will include creating research profiles for over 5,000 faculty researchers from both institutions, while phase II will add the remaining 15 North Carolina institutions and their 10,000 faculty researchers. Once implemented it is projected to be the largest statewide research community of its kind. The web community created will have fully populated information on publications grant data and citations from over 15,000 researchers across all research disciplines.

The North Carolina community project, launched in February 2010, is expected to complete the first major milestone in mid-summer for the Beta release to the North Carolina faculty.

By tying in its repository with Scopus’ data and then overlaying it with Collexis’ semantic technology, the University of North Carolina expects to offer its scientists a better way to identify, monitor and leverage relevant research being conducted at the institution. This is projected to result in greater collaboration within and across disciplines.

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A*STAR ranked 7th in Asia-Pacific for research publications
- 02 Apr 2010

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has been ranked seventh most prolific agency in the Asia-Pacific region, in terms of the total number of research papers published in Nature Publishing Group’s portfolio of Nature-branded journals in 2009, according to the Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index. The Index, which tracks annual research output published from 13 countries and 429 institutions in Asia-Pacific, placed A*STAR ahead of top universities in China and Australia, including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Australian National University and University of Queensland. Topping the list by institution ranking was Japan’s University of Tokyo.

Publications from A*STAR reflected the wide spectrum of deep capabilities in A*STAR research institutes, such as chemistry, bioinformatics, cancer research, genomics and genetics, signal transduction pathways, stem cell research, materials engineering and nanotechnology. In the past 12 months, A*STAR scientists published a total of 19 papers in eight Nature-branded journals, which included Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Chemistry, Nature Genetics, Nature Materials, Nature Methods, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Reviews Cancer.

The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) was one of A*STAR’s most prolific research institutes published in Nature in the past 12 months. By country rankings, Singapore came in fifth overall, out-performing India (sixth) and New Zealand (seventh). The total number of papers published in Nature journals by Singapore’s scientists in 2009 saw more than a 12-fold increase from only two articles published in 1998. Heading the 2009 list of countries was Japan, followed by China, Australia and Korea.

The Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index tracks research output published from countries and institutions in Asia-Pacific (including India and Australasia). It is updated weekly by downloading a 12-month window of data from nature.com, the online platform for Nature journals, and offers insight and analysis into the performance of these nations and territories.

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OhioLINK renews Web of Science subscription for 14th consecutive year
- 18 Mar 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that OhioLINK, a long time partner and the first Web of Science customer, has renewed its subscription for the 14th year in a row. OhioLINK is a consortium of 88 Ohio College and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio.

The decision to renew came after a review team of subject and usability specialists reported a clear preference for Web of Science compared to similar databases. In addition to renewing Web of Science, OhioLINK has added new content to its portfolio of Thomson Reuters products including Derwent Innovations Index, JCR Web and the Conference Proceedings Citation Index for Science and Social Science & Humanities. These products, all part of the Web of Knowledge solution, enable users to search the right content and find relevant information within one integrated easy-to-use system.

Web of Science provides researchers, administrators, faculty, and students with quick access to the world's leading citation databases. Authoritative, multidisciplinary content covers over 10,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 110,000 conference proceedings.

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Thomson Reuters names the world’s ‘Hottest’ Researchers
- 16 Mar 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the results of its annual roundup of the ‘hottest’ researchers and research papers. In its March/April issue of Science Watch, Thomson Reuters identified the dozen authors whose recent papers were cited most often by other researchers during 2009.

Biochemist Rudolf Jaenisch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the world’s ‘hottest’ researcher, authoring 14 Hot Papers. His research investigates reprogrammed fibroblast cells in models of Parkinson's disease, sickle-cell anemia and other conditions. He is joined by scientists scattered from Ann Arbor to Osaka on the annual Thomson Reuters list of the world’s 12 hottest researchers.

Mark J. Daly from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard produced 13 Hot Papers on genetic mapping and genome-wide association studies. Several of these reports were co-authored with David Altshuler and Paul I.W. de Bakker from the Broad Institute and Goncalo Abecasis of the University of Michigan - all of whom are making their first appearance in the annual Top 12 list.

Thomson Reuters Hot Papers are derived from its Web of Science database. A published work is identified as a Hot Paper if it is less than two years old and has achieved a rate of citations in scientific journals that is markedly higher than papers of comparable type and age. The researchers named have published the most Hot Papers in the latest two-year period indexed by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in Web of Science.

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Nature launches Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index
- 11 Mar 2010

NPG Nature Asia-Pacific, the Asia-Pacific wing of Nature Publishing Group (NPG), has launched Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index, a website which measures the annual output of research articles in Nature-branded journals from countries and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. The online service is available at www.natureasia.com/en/publishing-index/.

Japan, China, and Australia are the top ranking nations in the Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index. The Publishing Index tracks research published from the Asia-Pacific region during the past 12 months in NPG's portfolio of over 30 highly cited Nature-branded journals, and will be updated weekly by downloading a 12-month window of data from nature.com, the online platform for Nature journals. The Index only covers Nature and the Nature Research journals. While it offers broad coverage of basic research in the life sciences, physical and chemical sciences, coverage of applied sciences, engineering and clinical medicine is relatively limited.

To celebrate the launch of this new service, a special print supplement Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Ranking 2009 has been included with the latest print copy of Nature. The rankings are based on data drawn from the website for the period January to December 2009.

The Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index website enables users to analyse data by institution, country or Nature journal, and access historical data and graphs dating back to 1998. In 2009, 232 original articles from Japanese institutions were published in Nature and the Nature Research journals. 93 articles came from Chinese institutions, and 98 from Australian institutions. When corrected for the percentage of authors on the papers from a given country, Japan ranked first followed by China and Australia. Korea and Singapore also performed strongly with India beginning to emerge as a significant player.

The data demonstrates the recent strong growth in output of high quality scientific research from China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In 1998, China published just three articles in Nature and the Nature Research journals and, while the number of Nature-branded primary research journals has since doubled, the number of articles from China has increased 30 fold.

At an institutional level, six of the top ten institutions in the 2009 rankings are in Japan. The University of Tokyo leads the table with 68 articles, followed by Kyoto University, Osaka University, RIKEN and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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BioMed Central journal ranked highly by new 'SNIP' citation metric
- 09 Mar 2010

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases is its highest-ranking journal based on the SNIP metric, with a value of 1.31 (the median SNIP for the ~17,000 journals in Scopus is 0.52). This places the journal in the top 4 percent of all journals listed in Scopus.

For comparison, the journal's Impact Factor of 3.14 makes it the 22nd most highly-rated BioMed Central journal by Impact Factor. The contrast between these two rankings demonstrates that caution is needed when interpreting citation metrics, as much depends on the algorithm used. The SNIP provides a valuable new means to identify high quality journals in fields which may not in general be highly cited.

The Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) is a new journal indicator based on citation data from Scopus. A journal’s SNIP can be thought of as similar to a normalised Impact Factor, which weights citations to adjust for the fact that some fields are more citation-rich than others. It is expected that SNIPs will allow for more effective comparison of journals between different fields.

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Thomson Reuters launches Japanese interface of Web Of Knowledge and EndNote Web
- 19 Feb 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that Web of Knowledge and EndNote Web are now available in Japanese. The interface provides every step, from research and analysis to submission and publishing, in the local language to suit Japanese users. Web of Knowledge is also available in Chinese since October 2008.

Web of Knowledge is the multidisciplinary research platform by Thomson Reuters that lets users search numerous citation databases simultaneously via one interface. It provides straightforward access to more than 23,000 of the world’s leading peer reviewed journals, 200,000 conference proceedings and more than 100 years of comprehensive backfile (archival) and citation data. EndNote Web is a web-based reference organiser and writing solution, fully integrated with Web of Knowledge and EndNote. For professional researchers, EndNote Web is a complement to EndNote on the desktop, enabling them to manage references easily while remaining mobile.

Although the content of Web of Knowledge remains in English, the Japanese interface provides an easier and more comfortable environment for non-English users to access multidisciplinary scientific works available on the platform. The Japanese interface for Web of Knowledge and EndNote Web is automatically populated if the desktop PC is in a Japanese environment. The user has a choice of selecting Japanese, English or Chinese interface.

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Hong Kong University to deploy Scopus API for institutional repository
- 04 Feb 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has opted to use its Scopus search Application Programming Interface (API) technology. HKU will use Scopus to continuously update its institutional repository and expert profiling system with information on where and how often researchers are being cited.

The Scopus API is projected to allow users to creatively interact with Scopus data by building mashups. It also allows access and usage of Scopus data inside and outside of the traditional library domain through applications based on the API. According to the company, the API returns Scopus data in a format that easily integrates into an application or a website. The majority of Scopus data is already available through the API, which can currently be used to request very specific information about article references, citations and affiliations.

HKU shows Scopus h-index, and counts of citations, documents and co-authors for each current HKU author across the institution, in its local institutional repository, The HKU Scholars Hub (The Hub). These details are shown on The Hub ResearcherPages, an expert profiling system which showcases the research of each current HKU author. HKU uses the Scopus API to build these pages and update them in real time.

The Scopus search API draws on live data from Scopus, an abstract and citation database. By using the API, HKU is able to populate The Hub with real-time Scopus information, increasing accuracy and enriching data with citation information. The API is also seen to enable HKU to highlight its overall performance and automate the process of keeping faculty publication lists up to date through continuous electronic tracking of individual researcher output. Research metrics cumulated by paper and by author are brought seamlessly into The Hub and displayed on appropriate records. This flexibility is a result of a recent enhancement to the Scopus API which allows for easier and more scalable ways of implementing citation counts to instantly enrich the content available on a given platform.

HKU plans to further enhance ResearcherPages to display other output and citation details and expects there will be new opportunities to leverage the results in key activities such as the grant application process. It is also using the additional bibliometric data from Scopus and others to prepare for an impending Research Assessment Exercise.

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JST selects Scopus Custom Data for citation linkage analysis between scientific articles and patents
- 29 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Japan Science and Technology (JST) agency has selected Scopus Custom Data (SCD), the primary source of Scopus.com, to conduct citation linkage analysis between scientific articles and patents. Scopus Custom Data was selected for its wider coverage and clear relations between authors and their affiliations. JST provides research support to many organisations from industry and academia.

Scopus Custom Data provides research agencies, institutions and government bodies with customised datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. Scopus Custom Data extracts Scopus core records in accordance to each customer’s individual specifications, such as date range, subject categories and geographic location. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst with the freedom to formulate their own reports. It empowers them to make well-informed, unbiased resource allocation and policy making decisions.

Attention is being placed on citations in patents as a new index to measure the influence of scientific articles. JST used Scopus data for its analysis on the return on investment of science and technology policies. The use of SCD for this type of measurement is seen to be increasingly becoming the standard among different institutions. Earlier this month, Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of the largest research centers in Europe, selected SCD to calculate global reference values at subject and country levels.

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Forschungszentrum Jülich selects Scopus Custom Data to measure global reference values
- 12 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Forschungszentrum Jülich has selected Scopus Custom Data (SCD), the primary source of Scopus.com, to calculate global reference values at subject and country levels. Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the largest research centers in Europe.

Scopus Custom Data provides research agencies, institutions and government bodies with customised datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst with the freedom to formulate their own reports.

Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organisation in terms of staff and budget. It claims to be the only research institute of its kind within the Helmholtz Association that conducts bibliometric analysis and works with raw data - a primary reason for the partnership between Elsevier and Jülich. The research center found that the breadth of content in Scopus allowed for more German and international literature from a single data source to be captured, thereby providing the broadest content coverage. Scopus currently covers 1,326 active German titles.

The use of SCD for this type of measurement is seen to be increasingly becoming the standard among different institutions. Jülich is one of many similar institutions around the world that are now using Scopus data as an authoritative data source for research performance measurement. In February 2009, the Australian Research Council (ARC) selected SCD for its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The ERA initiative seeks to assess research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprised of experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

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Japanese organisation NISTEP selects Scopus to conduct international research paper output analyses
- 03 Dec 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its flagship product Scopus has been chosen by Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) to conduct international research paper output analyses. Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation (A&C) database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources.

NISTEP supports Japan’s science and technology policy development and delivers worldwide research reports on major countries’ science and technology policy achievements and research trends. This marks the first time an organisation in Japan such as, NISTEP has selected a toll for use in this manner. NISTEP, affiliated with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), selected Scopus specifically to enhance their research performance analysis as Scopus provides wider coverage and efficiency compared to other databases.

Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus’ unique database contains abstracts and references from 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use.

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Scopus selected as the sole citation provider for ARC’s ERA initiative
- 26 Nov 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its flagship product Scopus has been selected as the sole citation provider by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. Scopus claims to be the largest abstract and citation (A&C) database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources.

The ERA initiative has been designed to assess the research quality of Australia's higher education providers using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

The ARC has negotiated terms with Elsevier to assist Australian Universities to improve their institutional data quality using Scopus Custom Data. This collaboration also highlights the use of Scopus Custom Data for the entire process of measuring research quality. The ARC is one of many agencies around the world that are using Scopus data as the authoritative data source for research performance measurement.

Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use.

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University of Miami to use Scopus custom data to track faculty research activity
- 05 Nov 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a partnership with the University of Miami, under which the institution will use the former’s Scopus custom data (SCD) to track and measure faculty research and scholarly activity. Scopus, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, was reportedly chosen because the breadth of the content was expected to allow the university to accurately capture faculty research activity from a single data source.

The deal makes Miami the first academic institution in the US to use SCD for this type of measurement and tracking. The institution expects to link its unique faculty identifier with the Scopus author ID to better track faculty scholarly activity regardless of the institutional affiliation at the time of publication. Insight into the expertise of each of its faculty members is projected to allow the university to promote collaboration, and to build interdisciplinary teams for institutional research projects.

The use of SCD for this type of measurement is seen to be increasingly becoming the standard among different institutions. As research continues to become more interdisciplinary and cross-functional, the need for a singular, accurate and comprehensive research tool becomes a necessity for academic institutions to remain competitive, it has been observed.

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Royal Society of Chemistry selects ScholarOne Manuscripts
- 23 Oct 2009

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that the Royal Society of Chemistry has chosen ScholarOne Manuscripts to manage submission and peer review for 26 of its journals. The Royal Society of Chemistry claims to be one of the largest publishers of chemical science information in the world.

The move follows the RSC’s use of ScholarOne Manuscripts for five journals in the past several months, and the successful completion of a pilot project that resulted in positive author, reviewer, and editorial staff feedback.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is a web-based, database-driven peer review and online submission programme for scholarly publishers. It works by automating the manuscript submission to journals and allows for easy administrative, editing and reviewing capabilities. ScholarOne serves more than 365 societies and publishers, over 3,000 books and journals, and 13 million registered users.

Earlier in May 2009, Thomson Reuters announced enhanced reporting functionality to ScholarOne Manuscripts. The upgrade included the implementation of Cognos, a leading business intelligence and performance management tool.

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Elsevier’s Science &Technology division China and Science News Bi-Weekly launch ‘Scopus Young Scientist’ award
- 18 Sep 2009

Elsevier’s Science &Technology division China and Science News Bi-Weekly have announced the launch of the ‘Scopus Young Scientist’ award, locally referred to as the Scopus’ Future Star of Science award. The award is designed to promote the cultivation and growth of the next generation of scientists in China. Registration for the award has already started and will end October 20, 2009.

This is the second collaboration between the Science News Bi-Weekly and Elsevier S&T China. The two parties successfully held an ‘Evaluating Academic Talent Flow Summit’ in June 2009. Four individual outstanding young scientists will be awarded a gold medal in the fields of nanosciences, information sciences, environmental sciences and biological sciences. There will also be silver medals for runner-ups and others will be recognised as excellent candidates.

The Scopus Young Scientist Awards are part of Elsevier’s global initiative to promote science at an early age, particularly in developing nations. The plan is to supplement the system that currently lacks awards for young scientists in China.

The Scopus' Future Star of Science award will honour scientists under the age of 40, by first evaluating their papers for innovative research, as indexed in Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and index database. The short-listed candidates will then be submitted to a selection committee consisting of leading scientists such as Shi Yigong of Tsinghua University, Gao Fu, Wan Lijun and Chen Tongbin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Qian Depei of Beihang.

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Scopus, TWOWS and TWAS announce Young Women Researcher Awards
- 17 Sep 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a joint development agreement between its flagship product SCOPUS, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The deal is to develop the Young Women Researcher Awards, the first of its kind in the region.

The need to nurture women scientists as they move through their career has been recognised by academic institutions as well as public and private organisations, alike. The Young Women Researcher Awards will be presented in four major fields of research - Life Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology and Agricultural Sciences. It will be open to most countries in Asia (except Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan) with the award ceremony commencing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from November 8-10, 2009. The event will be held in conjunction with a two-day symposium in Kuala Lumpur. The first day will be a presentation of the finalists for the TWAS-TWOWS-SCOPUS Young Researchers Awards in the four categories. The second day will engage these women and other participants, including other young researchers and eminent women scientists, policy makers and administrators in a discussion on issues and challenges pertaining to the development of women researchers in science during their career.

Short-listed candidates from each award category will be invited to present their work at the Regional Young Women Scientists Symposium 09, ‘Bridging the Science Gender Gap in Developing Countries’ in Kuala Lumpur. Twelve panellists comprised of prominent scientists in the region will select the winners among them.

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Scopus and Thailand Research Fund to present TRF-CHE Researcher Awards
- 08 Sep 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Scopus, its abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, in joint partnership with the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and Commission on Higher Education (CHE) Thailand, will present the TRF-CHE Researcher Awards. The Awards recognise outstanding and exemplary new researchers and mid-career researchers who have received grants from TRF and CHE.

Recognising the critical importance of using clear and transparent indicators to evaluate outstanding research performance, Scopus citation data and Scopus H-index were used to provide the measurement of the applicants’ research performance, thereby determining their influence in the discipline.

The TRF-CHE Researcher Awards will be given out on two levels – Distinguished Researcher Award for recipients of mid-career researcher grants co-funded by TRF and CHE, and Distinguished Young Researcher Award for recipients of the New Researcher Grants that are co-funded by TRF and CHE or TRF alone. They will be presented in six major categories - Life Science, Health Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Multidisciplinary Technology and Humanities and Social Sciences. The awards will be given out at the 2009 TRF-CHE Annual Congress on October 15, 2009.

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American Nuclear Society selects Editorial Manager for online submission and peer review
- 14 Aug 2009

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced that the American Nuclear Society journals will be deploying Editorial Manager for online submission and peer review.

The Editorial Manager online submission system is used by several scholarly journals and processes tens of thousand of manuscripts per month. In March 2009, EMH Swiss Medical Publisher Ltd announced an agreement to deploy Aries' Editorial Manager online peer-review system to journals published by EMH. The project began with deployment of Editorial Manager to two of the publisher's leading journals - Swiss Medical Weekly (SMW) and Kardiovaskulare Medizin.

The American Nuclear Society is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organisation. It was established by a group of individuals who recognised the need to unify the professional activities within the diverse fields of nuclear science and technology.

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Thomson Reuters releases 2008 Journal Citation Reports
- 24 Jun 2009

The Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the release of the 2008 Journal Citation Reports, available to subscribers of the JCR. These metrics have come to define journal performance across disciplines and institutions worldwide. The 2008 JCR contains more than 400 new titles, including more than 350 titles that will have their first published Journal Impact Factor.

The release of the 2008 Journal Citation Reports includes the first-ever update to the newly introduced Five Year Impact Factor and Eigenfactor Metrics in JCR Web. Eigenfactor Metrics use citing journal data from the entire JCR file to reflect the prestige and citation influence of journals by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships.

JCR presents quantitative data that provide an objective way to evaluate the world's leading journals and their impact and influence in the global research community. In addition to the benefits these metrics offer to authors and institutions, JCR and Impact Factors may be used by publishers to benchmark journal performance against competitors to create a better focused market strategy.

JCR covers more than 8,000 of the world's most highly cited, peer-reviewed journals from 66 nations. The production of the 2008 JCR included the analysis of more than 44 million cited references from journals, and proceedings.

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KFUPM becomes first in Gulf region to purchase Web of Science backfiles
- 18 Jun 2009

The Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that King Fahd University For Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) has purchased Web of Science data back to 1900. KFUPM is the first university in the Saudi Arabia Consortia, and in the Gulf region, to purchase more than a century of vital data.

Web of Science claims to be the world's largest citation database, providing researchers, administrators, faculty and students access to more than 11,000 actively covered, high impact journals and 110,000 conference proceedings, totaling 45 million documents and more than 1 billion cited references.

Since KFUPM purchased Web of Science in 2004, the number of articles published by university researchers has increased 15 percent between 2004 and 2008, and the number of citations to the works of KFUPM researchers has increased 90 percent during the same period. The addition of Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index and back year editions of Arts & Humanities Citation Index will now provide users access to millions of additional source items and cited references.

KFUPM is one of the Gulf region's leading universities and is highly regarded for its excellence in science and engineering programmes. It leads universities in the region in terms of the articles published in by its faculty and researchers, specifically in the areas of engineering and pure sciences.

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Scopus includes ERIH journals to expand arts & humanities coverage
- 12 Jun 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Scopus, its abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has almost doubled its current arts & humanities (A&H) titles to 3,500. Scopus has added various global journals using the European Science Foundation's European Reference Index for Humanities (ERIH). This marks the first time that many of the ERIH titles will be available through a global citation database at no additional cost, according to Elsevier.

Founded in 2001, ERIH provides scholars, libraries and other institutions with lists of high quality A&H journals to raise awareness of the titles as a resource for content and an avenue for publishing original research. Journals are included in the ERIH lists and categorised based on audience, distribution and reach, as well as influence and scope by expert scholarly panels from around the world. Scopus users can now search and access top-level A&H journal titles from all three categories included on the initial ERIH lists.

With the addition of the ERIH's titles, Scopus seeks to provide researchers with better access to national and international A&H journals. Subjects with the most journals include literature and literary theory, general arts and humanities, history and visual/performing arts. More than half of the journals are published from the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, followed by 38 percent from the Americas and 2 percent from Asia-Pacific.

Like the existing titles in Scopus, the new journals contain cited references that make previously unavailable bibliometrics data accessible. This information is expected to help A&H scholars more efficiently assess and measure research sources and output, as well as illustrate the broader influence of journal articles published. In addition, Scopus allows tracking of citations belonging to scholarly books via the MORE tab.

Other journals now included in Scopus include Mind (Oxford University Press), Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge University Press) and Modern Philology (University of Chicago Press). To acquire back content of many journals, Scopus has partnered with Project MUSE, a not-for-profit platform founded by John Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) at John Hopkins University.

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Web of Science records strong renewals despite tough economy
- 11 Jun 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that, despite difficult economic times, renewals of Web of Science have remained strong, and many existing customers have even added new content to their portfolio of products.

Web of Science claims to be the world's largest citation database, providing researchers, administrators, faculty and students access to more than 11,000 actively covered, high impact journals and 110,000 conference proceedings, totaling 45 million documents and more than 1 billion cited references.

Web of Science backfiles have seen especially strong growth, combined with the new offering of Century of Social Sciences that delivers comprehensive backfile and cited reference data from 1900 to present. Recent sales include Ryerson University, Iowa State University, Wesleyan University and King Fahd University For Petroleum & Minerals in Saudi Arabia.

Elsevier and ProSPER.Net announce winners of first annual ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award
- 09 Jun 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and the network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net) have announced the finalists of the first annual ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award.

The award is designed to recognise outstanding young scientists and researchers in the Asia-Pacific region who have made significant contributions to scholarship and research. Insight from Scopus, Elsevier's abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature, were used to determine the finalists.

One hundred and four scientists and researchers under the age of 40 submitted their work for consideration in one of three categories: Business, Engineering and Technology and Agriculture and Natural Resources. Up to five young scientists in each category will receive a certificate of recognition, with the winner given a cash prize as well. The finalists presented their work at the recently concluded 'ProSPER.Net-Scopus Symposium on Sustainable Development: Emerging Issues and New Leaders' at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok.

Finalists were selected by nine panelists, three distinguished researchers from each of the three categories of entry. Applicants were evaluated based on three key criteria: number of citations and h-index, number of publications and patents based on Scopus data, as well as documented social impact.

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Taiwan universities ranked amongst top one percent of research institutions
- 09 Jun 2009

Universities in Taiwan are ranked amongst the top one percent of research institutions from around the world over a period of five years from January 2004 to December 2008. According to data derived from the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database of the Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters, at least one Taiwan institution is ranked among the world's top 100 in six of 22 categories, namely Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Materials Science, and Pharmacology & Toxicology.

In most of the categories, Taiwan universities showed an improvement in their world ranking. Their productivity, as indicated by number of papers; and impact, as indicated by number of citations, has generally increased. At least two or more Taiwan universities are represented within the top 100 in Agricultural Science, Computer Science, Engineering and Materials Science. Additionally, two Taiwan universities were ranked within the world's top 50 in the fields of Engineering and Materials Science.

Essential Science Indicators is a bi-monthly compilation of Web of Science, an authoritative citation database with multidisciplinary content spanning 256 disciplines and covering more than 11,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide. This institutional ranking based on the ESI database takes into account variations and changes of university names to be managed in a consistent manner. The ranking is based on each institution's research output in high-standard international scholarly journals and is considered as evidence of their academic excellence. This approach differs vastly from that used in other university rankings, most of which are consolidated based on multiple aspects of university research and education using both objective and subjective criteria.

This year's ranking differs from 2008 with the addition of the Computer Science category to the analysis. National Taiwan University was ranked 72nd in this category. All five Taiwan universities listed in the Computer Science category showed an improvement in their world ranking when compared to their placement in 2008.

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New UKPMC grant reporting services now available
- 26 May 2009

The UK PubMed Central (UKPMC), part of a network of PMC International repositories, has announced the availability of new UKPMC grant reporting services. Users of the UK PubMed Central Manuscript Submission System (UKMSS) will now be able to use a new service - 'My UKPMC' - to report on the outcomes of any grant funded by any one of the UKPMC Funders' Group member organisations.

Grantholders can export grant reports not only in standard .csv and xml formats but also as publicly available web pages, which will update each time a new publication is added to either PubMed or UK PubMed Central. The service also provides grantholders with a 'My Impact' report which shows the number of citations each paper has attracted. The citation count data is provided by Thompson/Reuters Web of Knowledge (WoK). Users who have full access to the WoK service will be able to see details of the citing articles.

Additional metrics from other organisations, along with data such as number of downloads from the UKPMC repository, will also be provided in the near future.

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Thomson Reuters study examines highly cited research in Bioterrorism
- 20 May 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the results of a study assessing influential research in bioterrorism from 1999 to 2008. The findings, published in the May/June issue of Science Watch, are based on more than 12,000 bioterrorism-related papers published in Thomson Reuters-indexed journals during this time period.

Science Watch ranked the top 25 institutions by both total citations and citation impact (average citations per paper). The US accounts for 23 of the top 25 institutions in both total citations and citation impact. The US Army took the top spot in total citations with an impressive 9,637 citations to its researchers' work. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked second with 6,912 citations, and Johns Hopkins University with 5,006 citations ranked third.

US institutions also led the pack in citation impact, a measure of average citations per published paper. The Institute for Genomic Research had an impact of 62.64 and the New York City Department of Health had an impact of 57.06. Claiming the third spot was the Imperial College of London with an impact of 31.55.

Complete rankings of total citations and citation impact in the bioterrorism field, as well as a rundown of the most cited individual bioterrorism researchers during the time period, is available online at ScienceWatch.com.

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SAGE extends contract with ScholarOne Manuscripts
- 13 May 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that academic publisher SAGE has extended its contract with ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly Manuscript Central) as its online peer review system.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is a web-based peer review and submission application for scholarly publishers. It works by automating the manuscript submission to journals and allows for easy administrative, editing and reviewing capabilities.

Earlier this month, Thomson Reuters announced the latest release of ScholarOne Manuscripts (formally Manuscript Central). The upgrade includes the implementation of Cognos, a business intelligence and performance management tool.

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New reporting functionality in ScholarOne Manuscripts
- 07 May 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the latest release of ScholarOne Manuscripts (formally Manuscript Central). The upgrade includes the implementation of Cognos, a leading business intelligence and performance management tool.

The new reporting functionality in ScholarOne Manuscripts has the ability to change the way journals manage, evaluate, and report on peer review operations within a journal. The additional reporting features allow users to build custom ad-hoc reports, schedule automatically delivered reports, insert report calculations, and expedite pivot reports; drill into performance statistics such as turnaround time, accept/reject rates and geographic distribution of submissions; determine the timing, formatting and delivery method to distribute reports on-demand or on a schedule; and provide reports on journal publishing metrics to aid strategic decision making.

ScholarOne Manuscripts is a web-based peer review and submission application for scholarly publishers. It works by automating the manuscript submission to journals and allows for easy administrative, editing and reviewing capabilities.

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Thomson Reuters announces top 20 ranking of Japanese research institutions for all fields
- 01 May 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the annual Top 20 ranking of Japanese research institutions for all fields based on citation data of academic papers published from January 1998 to December 2008.

Among world research institution rankings, only the Japanese institutions were extracted and re-tabulated in order to identify the top 20 Japanese research institutions. Using the 22 categories defined in Essential Science Indicators, four categories - Material Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biochemistry - were identified where Japanese institutions were ranked within the top 5 and top 10 in the world.

It was observed that the overall number of both research papers and citations has been gradually increasing in the past few years, and that research output from Japan's top research institutions has been growing more active. No.1 and No.2 national rankings in all four general categories are the same as last year. In addition, there is no change in the overall ranking up to the 13th place. According to ranking by category, there is no significant change to research institutions closer to the top of the Japanese rankings.

The government-affiliated research institutions such as Japan Science and Technology Agency (Independent Administrative Institution), Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Independent Administrative Institution), National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (Independent Administrative Institution) remain strong in the rankings. In terms of world ranking, the University of Tokyo has been gradually moving up since its No.19 ranking in 2002. It was ranked No.11 this year, one position up from No. 12 in 2008. Tohoku University was placed No.83 in 2002 and ranked much higher up at No. 64 this year.

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Aries Systems announce general release of Editorial Manager and Preprint Manager Version 7.0
- 01 May 2009

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) developer Aries Systems, US, has announced the general release of Editorial Manager and Preprint Manager Version 7.0. Workflow solutions from Aries Systems are used by more than 3,200 scholarly publications to process over a million scholarly manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters each year.

The new version of Preprint Manager enhances the ability of journals to transact issue workflows in tandem with individual manuscript processing. The solicited manuscript functionality enables journals to publish proprietary content that is not subject to open access deposit mandates. The enhanced ability to select, identify and manage solicited manuscripts in Editorial Manager Version 7.0 therefore assists publishers to proactively adapt to the changing publishing environment.

Additionally, Version 7.0 journals can configure a single sign-on capability for editors that collaborate on a group of journals.

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Aries Systems sign multi-year distribution agreement with Japanese company
- 24 Apr 2009

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced that it has entered into a multi-year distribution agreement with ATLAS Co. Ltd, Japan. Under the terms of the agreement ATLAS will market and support Aries' Editorial Manager submission and peer review system in Japan. ATLAS will introduce Editorial Manager at a Tokyo seminar from June 8, 2009.

Editorial Manager is currently deployed to more than 3,200 publications. Japanese scholarly societies have expressed a growing interest in the system for English and local language publishing. The collaboration between Aries and ATLAS will address this need and will enhance the international visibility of Japanese journals.

Editorial Manager is particularly attractive to Japanese journals. Journals can configure editor roles, article types, manuscript data, reviewer forms, submission questions etc. in real time using the system's web-based interface. The configuration options also make it possible for ATLAS to translate many user-facing web pages and also to offer a dual language interface.

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Aries Systems and Asia Pacific Medinfo collaborate to promote Editorial Manager in China
- 22 Apr 2009

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced a collaboration and distribution agreement with Chinese company Asia Pacific Medinfo. The move is in response to the growing interest in the company's Editorial Manager peer-review system from Chinese publishers and authors.

Under the deal, Asia Pacific Medinfo will provide local support, training and configuration services with a focus on language localisation.

The Editorial Manager online submission system is used by more than 2,900 scholarly journals and processes tens of thousand of manuscripts per month. In March 2009, EMH Swiss Medical Publisher Ltd announced an agreement to deploy Aries' Editorial Manager online peer-review system to journals published by EMH. The project will begin with deployment of Editorial Manager to two of the publisher's leading journals - Swiss Medical Weekly (SMW) and Kardiovaskulare Medizin.

Also in the same month, the Sudanese Journal of Ophthalmology (SJO) selected the Editorial Manager peer-review system to enable authors, reviewers and editors to conveniently collaborate on research that will help address the ophthalmic problems of the region.

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Manuscript Central now available in Simplified Chinese
- 15 Apr 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced that Manuscript Central, the flagship application of its ScholarOne product line, is now available in Simplified Chinese globally. Manuscript Central is a peer review and online submission application chosen by leading publishers and societies worldwide.

The release of the leading global peer review system with full Chinese interface enhances usability and information sharing for Chinese-speaking users and completes the Thomson Reuters research workflow solution suite for the rapidly growing Chinese scientific community. This covers multidisciplinary literature research and paper authoring in addition to online submission and peer review.

According to Thomson Reuters National Science Indicators 1981-2007, the rate of growth in published Chinese papers has averaged 17 percent since 1981. In the last five years, the world growth has been 4 percent while China has increased to 18 percent, more than four times the world rate. It has been estimated that China has about 5,000 peer reviewed journals published in the Chinese language, many of which are in transition to online submission and peer review systems for reasons of publishing speed and enhanced quality.

Manuscript Central is integrated with ISI Web of Knowledge, the premier research platform by Thomson Reuters that offers users integrated access to high quality, multidisciplinary literature for discovery and research evaluation. ISI Web of Knowledge includes Web of Science, a multidisciplinary citation resource, which allows reviewers and editors to easily check manuscript references and search for new reviewers in the same specialty as the manuscript, and EndNote Web. Editorial practices are simplified as authors can submit manuscripts using EndNote Web and link into ISI Web of Knowledge. Hence, the integration of Manuscript Central with ISI Web of Knowledge offers researchers, authors, reviewers and editors one seamless application that is aligned to their workflow.

CAPES expands local research community access to Scopus
- 25 Mar 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) is expanding local research community access to the company's flagship product, Scopus. Scopus is projected as the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

CAPES assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to post-graduate study. Under the new initiative, CAPES will be making Scopus available to 200 universities and research institutes in Brazil, up from 44 in 2007.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyse and visualise research. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from 4,000 publishers worldwide.

In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use. Recently,Scopus was selected by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) for the the development of its new German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics.

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Scopus to be used to develop in new Competence Centre for Bibliometrics
- 23 Mar 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its flagship product, Scopus, has been chosen by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) to be used in the development of its new German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics. Scopus is projected as the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

The iFQ is a scientific institute that was created by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) to focus on assessing Germany's funding programs, and analysing their global impact. The Competence Centre, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), aims to set up a bibliometric database and develop checked bibliometric methods and indicators that meet today's requirements in reliability and validity. Scopus data and other bibliographic datasets will be used to quantify German research output and evaluate the impact it is having on the global scientific landscape. This insight will allow for a better understanding of how local researchers, institutions and funding agencies perform in areas key to German science policy and will ultimately be used to identify excellence and weakness within the German research system.

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyse and visualise research. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use.

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Sudanese Journal of Ophthalmology opts for Editorial Manager peer-review system
- 10 Mar 2009

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced that its Editorial Manager peer-review system has been selected by the Sudanese Journal of Ophthalmology (SJO).

SJO is published by Sudan Eye Center (SEC) in collaboration with Sudanese Eye Research Group. The journal publishes original research, clinical studies and reviews, with a special emphasis on the ophthalmic problems of the Sudan and neighboring regions. Authors, reviewers and editors will now be able to conveniently collaborate on research that will help address the ophthalmic problems of the region.

The Editorial Manager online submission system is used by more than 2,900 scholarly journals and processes tens of thousand of manuscripts per month. Earlier this month, EMH Swiss Medical Publisher Ltd announced an agreement to deploy Aries' Editorial Manager online peer-review system to journals published by EMH. The project will begin with deployment of Editorial Manager to two of the publisher's leading journals - Swiss Medical Weekly (SMW) and Kardiovaskulare Medizin.

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New COUNTER statistics interface for IOP Publishing
- 05 Mar 2009

Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), UK, has announced that librarians with subscriptions to IOP Publishing titles can now access COUNTER Release 3 results, via a new interface called MPS Insight, ahead of the compulsory deadline of August 2009. MPS Insight is a new service that has passed an independent COUNTER audit to provide the new reports required by COUNTER Release 3.

The new interface allows librarians to access reports through a much more user-friendly system. Librarians will also benefit from the functionality to retrieve reports via SUSHI in addition to the familiar CSV spreadsheets. This allows libraries with SUSHI enabled ERM systems to automate report collection.

MPS Insight, a service delivered by MPS Technologies, is seen to offer an attractive, easy-to-use interface, allowing customers to make real-time changes to accounts and create additional user accounts for non-library staff. The service is claimed to have been very well received by a group of librarians invited to beta test the new service; over 96 percent rated MPS Insight as "easy" or "very easy to use".

Thomson Reuters launches InCites
- 05 Mar 2009

The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters, US, has announced the launch of InCites - a web-based solution that provides users with the tools needed to demonstrate the impact and importance of their institution's research. Through InCites, Thomson Reuters seeks to provide its customers with a one-stop system to quantitatively evaluate productivity and influence in order to make strategic decisions.

InCites provides unique value through the delivery of customer-defined datasets in a web interface for research and analysis. The product enables users to conduct analyses on their own institution's productivity and benchmark its output against peers in both a national or international context. Also, it enables users to create sub-sets around entities such as departments or authors, providing additional analysis at a local level.

This product integrates the same high quality citation content users have come to expect from Thomson Reuters. Datasets derived from Web of Science include bibliographic data and citing articles, current metrics, inbound linking to full records, and the ability to export data and graphs. More information on InCites is available at www.isiwebofknowledge.com/incites/.

EMH Swiss Medical Publisher selects Editorial Manager for online peer-review
- 03 Mar 2009

Online submission system provider Aries Systems Corporation, US, has announced an agreement with EMH Swiss Medical Publisher Ltd. (Schweizerische Ärzteverlag AG). Under the deal, Aries' Editorial Manager online peer-review system will be deployed to journals published by EMH.

The project will begin with deployment of Editorial Manager to two of the publisher's leading journals - Swiss Medical Weekly (SMW) and Kardiovaskulare Medizin. First published in 1871 and indexed in Medline, the Swiss Medical Weekly has recently transitioned to English only Open Access format. The deployment of Editorial Manager is expected to further strengthen the rigorous statistical and peer review already undertaken by the journal.

The Editorial Manager online submission system is used by more than 2,900 scholarly journals and processes tens of thousand of manuscripts per month. Earlier in January this year, Editorial Manager was selected by the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS), published by Cambridge University Press, to successfully transition editorial workflow to the web.

Schweizerische Ärzteverlag EMH (www.emh.ch) is a joint venture of the Swiss Medical Association FMH and the Basel based Schwabe AG. With nine renowned medical journals, a comprehensive online offering as well as its book program, the publisher covers the wide spectrum of topics relevant to medical discussion and constitutes an important player in Swiss health care. All the publisher's journals are the official organs of the respective associations.

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RSC Publishing to provide COUNTER 3 journal usage statistics
- 02 Mar 2009

Scientific publisher RSC Publishing, UK, the publishing arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry, can now provide customers with COUNTER 3 compliant journal usage statistics, as the result of a new service delivered by MPS Technologies. RSC Publishing claims to be the first chemistry publisher to announce the availability of COUNTER 3 statistics for its journal customers.

RSC journal customers will now be able to access their reports via MPS Insight, the new service from MPS Technologies for providing usage reports to librarians on behalf of publishers. MPS Insight provides an easy-to-use interface and greater flexibility for users. The objectives of the new COUNTER release are to improve the reliability of COUNTER usage reports; to provide tools to facilitate consolidation, management and analysis of COUNTER usage statistics; and to improve COUNTER usage reports for consortia.

An important part of version 3 of the Code of Practice for journals is the provision of SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) as a method of delivery, enabling libraries to automate the retrieval of reports into local systems. Consortia administrators can also access both consolidated and individual member sites' statistics.

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Elsevier journal 'Molecular Oncology' enters Thomson Reuters index
- 27 Feb 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its journal Molecular Oncology (Molonc) has been accepted by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Biosis Previews and Biological Abstracts. Elsevier publishes the journal on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS).

The inclusion in the SciSearch index is claimed to be an exceptional achievement for a journal that is just 18 months old in a fast-moving and highly competitive field. The 2009 Impact Factor will be the first for MOLONC. Coverage starts from Volume 1, 2007.

Molonc, published six times a year from January 1, 2009, highlights new discoveries, approaches and technical developments in basic, clinical and discovery-driven translational research. The first issue was published in June 2007 and has been managed from its inception by Prof. Julio E. Celis, Director of the Institute of Cancer Biology at the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen. It covers reviews, original articles, technical notes, editorials, news and views (commentary, science policy issues, ethical and legal issues, patient organisations, industry needs and alliances, regulatory issues, news items), letters to the editor, conference announcements and advertisements. The journal also publishes thematic issues.

FEBS has created various scientific publication forums for European life scientists by its two leading journals, the FEBS Journal and FEBS Letters. The organisation is a federation of learned societies with over 40,000 members and a charity established for the public benefit to advance research and education in biochemistry and molecular biology and related life sciences.

NPG, PMJ unveil enhanced usage reporting service with MPS Insight
- 27 Feb 2009

Publishers Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and Palgrave Macmillan Journals (PMJ) have announced that upgraded usage statistic reporting is now available for all online publications. With immediate effect, NPG and PMJ statistic reports now include the additional reports and services required by the new COUNTER Release 3, including SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative). The enhanced statistics reporting is provided by MPS Insight, a new service for publishers from Macmillan's sister company, MPS Technologies.

The move to MPS Insight is seen to provide site licence customers with an enhanced service including more timely reports and consolidated consortia statistics. Reports are now also available in XML, in addition to the familiar CSV (Comma Separated Value) formats that can be opened in Microsoft Excel. XML reports can be automatically harvested into local systems using SUSHI, with time-saving benefits for librarians and library consortium administrators. Reports meet the criteria set by COUNTER Release 3, which publishers must comply with by August 2009 in order to retain their COUNTER-compliant status.

MPS Insight is seen to offer an attractive, easy-to-use interface, allowing customers to make real-time changes to accounts and create additional user accounts for non-library staff. The service is claimed to have been very well received by a group of librarians invited to beta test the new service; over 96% rated MPS Insight as "easy" or "very easy to use".

NPG and PMJ customers can now access usage statistic reports for the period January 2006 to January 2009. Older reports have been archived. Site licence administrators will shortly receive full instructions and login details for using the system, and can access the service from their regular Administration Accounts. Palgrave Connect will also be served by MPS Insight.

Twenty-one BioMed Central journals get five-year impact factor ratings
- 18 Feb 2009

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that out of its 42 journals with impact factors, 21 have been tracked for long enough to allow five-year impact factors to be calculated by Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters recently updated the 2007 Journal Citation Report to include five-year impact factors for the first time.

While the standard impact factor is the average number of citations in a given year, to articles published in the previous two years, the five-year impact factor presents a longer term view. It shows the average number of citations in a given year to articles from the previous five years. This is seen to provide useful additional information about article impact that complements the standard impact factor, especially in fields where it may take several years for the true impact of research to become apparent.

Many BioMed Central titles have improved rankings under this new metric. Perhaps the most striking example is Breast Cancer Research, which is the second highest ranked breast cancer journal in the standard impact factor rankings. Ranked on the basis of its five-year impact factor, it overtakes the rival title Breast Cancer Research & Treatment, and is listed as the No. 1 ranked breast-cancer-specific journal by the five-year metric.

Elsevier launches new research tool for authors
- 30 Jan 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of CiteAlert, a new free automated service to notify authors when their articles are cited in an Elsevier journal.

CiteAlert was piloted one year ago, and after carrying out extensive research and user testing, this new user-friendly service is now in use. It automatically notifies authors by e-mail soon after their work is referenced in a newly published article in an Elsevier journal. Authors are eligible to receive CiteAlert notifications if their article has been indexed by Scopus, the largest citation database of research literature.

Weekly CiteAlert notifications are sent to authors of cited articles. Notifications include single cited articles or articles which have been highly cited. Some very popular articles are cited up to 50 times a week. Cited authors benefit as their research is recognised by others in their area of research. In retrospect, focus is given to the citing author and their written article. Self-citations are not included.

During the pilot, 50 percent of the citing authors indicated that the research described in the citing article was new to them and relevant in their research. Since its launch, reactions received from authors have been positive.

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