Database Platform: ISI Web of Knowledge
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- Web of Science
- Current Contents Connect
- BIOSIS Previews
- Biological Abstracts
- Zoological Record
- ISI Proceedings
- Derwent Innovations Index
- CAB Abstracts
- Food Science & Technology Abstracts
- Web Citation Index
- Journal Citation Reports
- Journal Use Reports
- Essential Science Indicators
The ISI Web of Knowledge is an integrated, Web based platform designed to support all levels of scientific and scholarly research within academic, corporate, government or non-profit environments. It combines high quality, evaluated content with the tools needed to use, analyze and manage that content. It allows researchers and scholars to navigate quickly and easily through all the information they need on a daily basis, and to do so directly from their desktops as a natural part of the research process.
The ISI Web of Knowledge platform provides a single, unified environment through which researchers can seamlessly search and access different types of information, such as journal articles, proceedings papers, patents, chemical reactions and compounds, as well as web content. The content found within the platform is multidisciplinary, ensuring that scholars are not restricted along subject-specific lines. This becomes particularly important as research becomes more and more interdisciplinary in nature.
The Thomson Reuters core content covers over 16,000 international journals, books and proceedings in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. The 10,400 international journals covered on an annual basis in the Web of Science are an important part of this data. Web of Science covers over 250 categories in every area of the sciences, social sciences and arts & humanities.
ISI Web of Knowledge Resources:
Web of Science
The Web of Science provides seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from more than 10,400 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities – with coverage back to 1900 (sciences), 1956 (social sciences) and 1975 (arts & humanities). Web of Science also provides a unique search method, cited reference searching. With it, users can navigate forward, backward and through the literature, searching all disciplines and time spans to uncover all the information relevant to their research. Users can also navigate to electronic full-text journal articles. The goal is to allow the researcher to search and navigate the citation pathways to unearth all the relevant information. Web of Science provides the content, features and functionality to support these long-range retrospective and analytical research activities.
Biosis Previews / Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews and Biological Abstracts contain bibliographic data & abstract text for research published in the life sciences. BIOSIS Previews and Biological Abstracts is the world's most comprehensive reference database for life science research covering over 5,500 journals. BIOSIS Previews additionally covers over 1500 conferences, 20,000 US Patents and over 10,000 Reviews and Monographs – all concentrated on the inter-disciplinary life sciences. Both resources cover original research reports and reviews in traditional biological and biomedical areas, and references to primary journal literature on vital biological research, medical research findings and discoveries of new organisms.
ISI Proceedings is available in two editions – Science Edition and Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities Edition. Both are multidisciplinary resources providing web access to bibliographic information, cited references and author abstracts from papers delivered at the top 2,600 international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops and conventions. Over 225,000 conference papers are indexed annually with data covering 1990–present.
Current Contents Connect (CCC)
Current Contents Connect is designed to be the quintessential current awareness product – an environment for the researcher whose primary goal is to be updated quickly and regularly on current research activity in a given field. The goal is to provide easy access to answer the question "What's new?" knowing full well that the researcher usually does not wish to spend much time in pursuit of the answer. CC Connect is a premium current awareness tool, providing the content, features and functionality to support these day-to-day research activities.
- 8,000 international journals in seven different editions
- 5,000+ evaluated scholarly and research-oriented websites browsable through Current Web Contents; each website is evaluated by subject-specialist editors to ensure quality; annotations of each site are provided
- 2,000+ books/books-in-series indexed at the chapter level
Derwent Innovations Index
Derwent Innovations Index opens the power of patent and citation searching combining value-added patent records from Derwent World Patents Index with patent citation information from the Derwent Patents Citation Index. It covers patents from over 42 international issuing authorities and includes descriptive titles and abstracts written by subject specialists. It includes data back to 1963 with over 16 million inventions and 33 million patent records in all technologies.
Web Citation Index
Web Citation Index integrates scholarly web documents from over 500 evaluated institutional repositories. The content includes scholarly articles, preprints, theses, dissertations, proceedings, technical reports and other grey literatures. WCI combines cited reference indexing with automated indexing technology to produce a multidisciplinary index to web documents. All documents are full text searchable and enabled with full text links.
Thomson Reuters Analytical Resources
Journal Citation Reports
The recognized authority for evaluating journals, Journal Citation Reports presents quantifiable statistical data that provides a systematic, objective way to evaluate the world's leading journals and their impact and influence in the global research community.
Covers more than 7,500 of the world's most highly cited, peer-reviewed journals in approximately 200 disciplines in two editions: Science Edition and Social Sciences Edition. Offers access to citation statistics from 1997 onward. Enables users to sort journal data by clearly defined fields: Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, Total Cites, Total Articles, Cited Half-Life or Journal Title. Enables users to sort subject category data by clearly defined fields: Total Cites, Median Impact Factor, Aggregate Impact Factor, Aggregate Immediacy Index, Aggregated Cited Half-Life, Number of Journals in Category, Number of Articles in Category
Essential Science Indicators
Essential Science Indicators (ESI) is a resource that enables researchers to conduct ongoing, quantitative analyses of research performance and track trends in science. Covering a multidisciplinary selection of 8,500+ journals from around the world, this in-depth analytical tool offers data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries and journals.
This unique and comprehensive compilation of science performance statistics and science trends data is based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Thomson Reuters databases. Available as a ten-year rolling file, ESI covers 10 million articles in 22 specific fields of research and is updated every two months.
Journal Use Reports
Journal Use Reports, a new analytical tool used in conjunction with Journal Citation Reports (JCR), provides librarians and administrators with a better way to measure journal usage – with a complete picture of journal performance, use and research activity at their institution. Journal Use Reports helps librarians and administrators worldwide get a complete picture of journal performance, use and research activity at their institutions.
Journal Use Reports combines several types of data: 1) Institutional COUNTER-compliant journal usage reports from publishers, subscription agents and aggregators, 2) Journal Citation Metrics from the JCR, 3) Institutional Publication Data and 4) Article level usage data from Web of Science.
ISI Highly Cited Researchers Database (ISIHighlyCited.com)
An Internet-based, free-access product that collects the work of the world's most cited and influential researchers. Visits to this web-based resource will help you gain insight into the body of work that a particular researcher has developed and track its influence across diverse scientific fields.
Produced by the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, this is a free web site offering resources for the life sciences information community. BiologyBrowser brings together a unique set of opportunities for scientists:
Index to Organism Names ION
Contains all the animal, plant and virus names data found within the Thomson BIOSIS literature databases – Zoological RecordTM, BIOSIS Previews® and Biological Abstracts.
in-cites.com provides a behind-the-scenes look at the scientists, journals, institutions, nations and papers selected by Essential Science Indicators. Read interviews and first-person essays about people in a wide variety of fields and professions.
Archive editions of a subscription newsletter that uses the unique citation data of Thomson Reuters to provide rankings, interviews and reports on today's most significant science.
Subscription – Complementary Hosted Content
The goal of Thomson Reuters has always been to provide evaluated content for researchers and scholars. With the advent of the ISI Web of Knowledge platform, Thomson Reuters is now able to extend its content offerings by including complementary content in specific subject areas through agreements with other information providers. Already available within the platform are:
For agricultural information, covering the applied agricultural sciences back to 1910. CAB Abstracts covers the applied life sciences, including agriculture, forestry, human nutrition, veterinary medicine and the environment. CAB Abstracts includes molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, breeding, taxonomy, physiology and other aspects of pure science relating to organisms of agricultural, veterinary or environmental importance.
Covering all areas of engineering back to 1898 is the leading English-language bibliographic information service providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.
Food Sciences & Technology Abstracts®
Covering applied Food Sciences and Food Production back to 1969. The database is an extensive collection of abstracts prepared from the world's food science, food technology and food-related human nutrition literature.
Specialist scientists extract the food-relevant information from the original literature to form concise, comprehensive summaries. This provides a quick and easy way for busy food professionals to keep up to date with new developments and research.
Produced by the US NLM (National Library of Medicine) premier database of biomedicine and health sciences, covering the fields of medicine, life sciences, behavioural sciences, chemical sciences and bioengineering, as well as nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences.
All subscription databases are included in full.
For Thomson Reuters Proprietary Content – Web of Science, Current Contents Connect, ISI proceedings, BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, Zoological Records, Web Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators – current year data is provided on an annual calendar year subscription for all resources. Retrospective data access is provided and purchased as a one time sale. All resources are loaded in their entirety.
For all Third Part Content – CAB Abstracts, Inspec, MEDLINE and FSTA – we offer all content as per the specifications of each information provider.
- Daily – Current Contents
- Weekly – Web of Science, ISI Proceedings, Derwent Innovations Index*, BIOSIS Previews, ISI Proceedings, Inspec, MEDLINE
- Monthly – Zoological Record, CAB Abstracts
- Bi-Monthly – Biological Abstracts, Essential Science Indicators
- Yearly – JCR
* Based on Updates received from Patent Issuing Authorities. Typically there are 60 updates in one year – so it is in fact more frequent than weekly for USPTO and EPO.
The subject categories in Web of Science have been established over time by the Editors responsible for the various subject areas of the database. The process of identifying subject categories and populating them with journals has been ongoing since the establishment of the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation. All articles covered in a journal are tagged with the categories on the journal level. For example, the journal "Science" is categorized under "Multidisciplinary Sciences," so all the articles covered in that journal, no matter the subject, are tagged "Multidisciplinary Sciences." There are over 250 different categories in the sciences, social sciences and arts & humanities. Each category is reviewed yearly for changes and additions and to create new categories for evolving areas of research.
Categories reflect the overall content of the journals collected in them. The Thomson Reuters category system is not hierarchical. Journals may be in multiple categories to aid in searching and categorization of multidisciplinary material. The editorial structure of all categories is under continual review and has evolved gradually encompassing every field of study in the natural sciences and physical sciences, the social sciences and the arts & humanities. New categories are formed when a critical mass of journals on specific topics begin to publish. Categories are under continuous study to determine the need for re-categorization of journals and/or the emergence of distinctly new categories. The Editorial Development staff deal with journals in their specific field as defined by the subject scope of their particular discipline. They are very familiar with the scope of each of the categories in their area. After thorough examination of the editorial content of the journal under evaluation, the editor determines which category is most appropriate. Along with observable topical relevance, citation relevance is also used as another tool used in category assignment. The editor looks at the journals citing the journal under evaluation and uses this data to calculate statistical relevance to a category. This method is often used in making decisions about multiple categorizations. Closely related fields, such as 'Neurosciences' and 'Clinical Neurology', and 'Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems' and 'Peripheral Vascular Disease' have significant overlaps. The rationale for these assignments is based on citation relevance and on topical relevance.
BIOSIS And Zoological Records – When a publication is indexed, it preserves the keywords from the original document in context by placing them into the appropriate field (such as title, author, organism, source and so on), instead of simply lumping them into a single group of text. Our controlled vocabulary – an authoritative list that standardizes the descriptive terms used in our indexing – ensures that the proper indexing terms are recalled each time a key word is used. This maintains consistency in the file, preventing different indexers from associating different key terms with the same concept.
- IP Address
- Classic Athens
- SAML Compliant (e.g. Shibboleth)
IP Address Authentication
- Description: Authenticate a customer based on their globally visible IP address. Typically corresponds to the IP address that a customer's firewall or proxy server Network Address Translates (NATs) the internal network IP address to. Ignore internal private IP addresses. Available for internet and intranet customers.
- Ideal For: "Site-wide" access. University campuses, corporate and government agency LANs and WANs. No need to enter a username and password.
Token Generator Protocol Authentication
- Description: Authenticate a customer based on a "Token ID" and, in most cases, an "Encryption Key". Ignore the user's IP address. Connection to web product by end user is via the token client software provided by ISI, but hosted and secured by the customer. Available for internet and intranet customers.
- Ideal For: Customers with a large number of IP address ranges, making IP Address Authentication unwieldy. Customers with "off campus" or remote users who will connect to the Internet via a dynamically assigned ISP IP address. Customers that already host a home page or library page are ideal, as they will have the hardware and expertise required to implement and support this solution. Customers that require account entitlement or usage report granularity down to the campus or department level, when this can't easily be accomplished by IP addresses.
- Description: Authenticate a customer based on a username and password. Ignore the user's IP address. Only available for internet customers.
- See ISI Product Login Tutorial and ISI Administrator Utility Tutorial for more details.
Yes, access control is based on concurrent users per subscription. The majority of users have unlimited access.
Trials are available for all resources. The length of a trial is determined for each site based on the site's access control issues and number of researchers or campuses involved. Generally, we offer 4 weeks, 6 weeks or 3 month trial. It depends on the number of resources in the trial. All current subscribers who trial new resources are administered within their subscription access domain so that the resource being tested is used with all links and seen as it would be if purchased.
- Advanced Search
- Boolean AND
- Boolean NOT
- Boolean OR
- Exact Phrase
- Search by Author
- Search by Citation
- Search by Content Type
- Search by Date
- Search by Language
- Search by Subject
- Search by Title
- Search by Language – Limit
- Search by Content Type – Limit
- Search by Citation – WoS
Thomson Reuters Core Content
Web of Science, Current Contents Connect and ISI Proceedings
Our Data Capture system is an image based, proprietary production system that allows concurrent indexing, article document coding, and the processing of all data elements and patent literature with exact standards using a system of online thesauri and authority files constructed from over 40 years of data and incorporating standard reference works.
All journals are reviewed to build a detailed authority file that indicates all processing rules, and each file has links to standard dictionaries and files for processing that particular data element. All items within a journal are coded based on a detailed review of the journal by our Bibliographic Policy Editors. The codes incorporate all types of articles based on subject areas, including detailed codes for all types of dance, music and film performance reviews, poetry and prose and original works of literature for the arts and humanities, as well as hardware, software, and database reviews for the sciences and book reviews for the social sciences as well as the humanities.
The Data Production system has authority files for capturing all author names, keywords and special symbols in abstracts, as well as authority files for Class Codes and Manual Codes for patent literature. Keywords and abstracts are processed in full with no limit to number and size of field for Web of Science, Current Contents Connect, BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, Zoological Record and ISI Proceedings. The Derwent Innovations Index contains a descriptive abstract that is fielded to provide novelty and technology focus of the invention being described.
Journal Articles are also tagged with Keywords Plus, which are words or phrases that frequently appear in the titles of an article's references, but do not necessarily appear in the title of the article or in a list of author keywords.
ISI Proceedings information includes indexes for Conference Title, Conference Date, Conference Location (City and Country) and Conference Sponsors.
BIOSIS, Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews utilizes a number of unique classification schemes, including: Topic (Article title, Keywords and Author Abstract). Journal – Full Journal Title. Author – All author names are processed. Author names are processed in full format: Last Names and First and Middle Names when they appear in the literature. Author Affiliation – the addresses of all authors, editors and inventors provided with the source publication to search the Address data field within a record. Patent Assignee Field – Patent Assignee names are indexed in full.
The ISBN (International Standard Book Number): a unique identifier that identifies a work's national, geographic or language, along with the publisher, title, edition and volume number. The format is a 10-digit number that contains 3 hyphens (-). The last digit is a check character, which may be a number or X. The position of the hyphens can vary for each ISBN (e.g., 2-7380-1000-8). The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number): a unique number that identifies the journal or source publication. The format is four numbers, a hyphen (-), three numbers, and then a check character that may be a number or X (e.g., 0002-9262).
Descriptor Fields: Major Concepts; Organism Names and Classifiers; Chemicals and Biochemicals;, CAS Registry Numbers®; Parts, Structures and Systems of Organisms; Diseases; MeSH Headings; Sequence Data, Methods and Equipment; Geopolitical Location; Biosystematic Code (prior to 1993); Super Taxa (1993 to present), Taxa Notes (1993 to present); Concept Codes (prior to 1993) or Concept Name (prior to 1993).
Zoological Record specialty indexes in addition to core bibliographic data include: The five major hierarchies in the thesaurus are: Subject, Geographical, Palaeontological, Systematic, Taxa Notes.
All Third Party Hosted Content have their own proprietary thesauri and indexing:
Cross Database Search
All resources on the platform are seachable via a proprietary single interface. The All Databases Search provides researchers with a single interface from which to search all types of content: journal papers found in the Web of Science, conference papers found in ISI Proceedings®, patents found in Derwent Innovations Index®, and scientific information found in BIOSIS Previews and Biological Abstracts, FSTA, CAB Abstracts, MEDLINE and Inspec. The All Databases Search works in tandem with the search features found in the individual resources: users conduct a primary cross-content search, review a consolidated, de-duplicated summary results list and then when opening the full record, the user can choose which source data to view.
Each of the individual resources has its own proprietary interface that was designed specifically to take advantage of the richness of each resource, including cited reference searching in Web of Science, conference title, conference location and sponsor searching in ISI Proceedings, Biosystematic Codes, Headings, Organism and Animal Names in BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts and Zoological Record.
All interface design for all hosted content – FSTA, MEDLINE, Inspec and CAB Abstracts takes full advantage of the superior hierarchical indexing in these resources and each is available with Interactive Search Aids designed to aid the researcher in searching.
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Users can save search results in all resources. All databases (bibliographic) have a saved History function which allows saving results on ones hard drive or on the server.
All saved sets can be automatically accessed and managed via the ISI Web of Knowledge home page. This allows users to access saved sets, manage saved sets, alter saved sets and turn on/off alerting for saved sets across all bibliographic products from one page.
There is a detailed, context sensitive help system built into each resource that instructs the user on searching each field.
All resources have tutorials that illustrate how to search each field and there are recorded training sessions on all major areas of each resource (available in multiple languages).
Quick Reference Cards are produced for each resource and available in multiple languages. These are also available on the Customer Resource Center which is linked to from each resource.
- Include Abstracts
- OpenURL linking
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- Chronological Order (default Listing)
- Times Cited
- Source Publication (Journal, etc.)
- Publication Year
- Relevance (algorithmic determination by occurrence of terms)
- RefWork: Not Directly – through Import
- Reference Manager
- Automatic Export (one click) to EndNote Web, EndNote Desktop, Reference Manager, Procite.
- Saved Search results can be imported to any desktop application.
Thomson Reuters has built an extensive linking infrastructure designed to address the issues of authentication (such as IP address, token generator or cookie technology, logon/password and trusted server systems), routing, and security access within a robust environment. The result is a single management system for the many types of links within the ISI Web of Knowledge platform and, in particular, the Web of Science:
- Intra-content links (such as from a journal article record to a chemical reaction drawing, or from a patent record to a cited journal article) in Web of Science, ISI Proceedings and Derwent Innovations Index.
- Inter-content link from Web of Science and Current Contents Connect full bibliographic record to Journal Citation Reports Five Year Impact Factor Trend Graph and JCR Full Bibliographic Record.
- Inter-Content Link from Essential Science Indicators Full Bibliographic Record to Web of Science Full Bibliographic Record.
- Inter-Content Link from Web of Science Full Bibliographic Record to Author Bibliography in the ISI Highly Cited Author Database.
- Intra-Content Unique Cited Reference Navigation and Searching including authoritative indexes for both Cited Authors and Cited Works, allowing the user to scan and select the author and work to ensure accuracy and precision searching across the 40 million cited references processed annually – Web of Science.
- Intra-content links (such as from a journal article record to its "Times Cited" list, or from a journal article record to a journal table-of-contents page).
- Publisher full-text links (whether hosted locally or by the publisher). Over 10,800 instances of journals (Publishers, Aggregators, Society Publishers and Subscription Agents).
- SFX and other context-sensitive links.
- OPAC links – configured based on user preference (all OpenURL resolvers supported).
- Content Enhancement Links for specific publishers (Nature Publishing) including direct links to Web of Science Full Bibliographic Records, Times Cited and Related Records.
- Authenticated Links directly from Customer Research Gateways and Institutional Repositories to Web of Science Full Bibliographic Records, Times Cited and Related Records functions.
ISI Links is comprised of a central server where all links mechanisms are integrated, avoiding the costly and inefficient process of duplicating complex authentication, access and routing systems at the level of individual product offerings. The links system is designed as an extensible system that can handle all types of linking: from client-designed systems to all standard OPAC file structures etc.
Full Text Linking
Linking to full text is available either through customized full text links from the summary or full record page or through an institution's OpenURL system. Currently, Web of Science provides access to over 16 million items from approximately 300 publishers.
Thomson Reuters actively seeks full-text linking partnerships with primary journal publishers and content hosts for all available electronic journals covered by ISI Web of Knowledge. Currently, Thomson Reuters links to over 16,000 unique full text titles and over 20,000 journal instances. These include a growing population of open access journals and retrospective archives.
Our Links Management system (ISI Links) is responsible for the many types of links within the ISI Web of Knowledge platform. ISI Links is comprised of a central server where all links mechanisms are integrated, avoiding the costly and inefficient process of duplicating complex authentication, access and routing systems at the level of individual product offerings.
- Publisher full-text links (whether hosted locally or by the publisher).
- SFX and other context-sensitive links (it is can be configured for all systems and customized by client).
- OPAC links – multiple OPAC links and links to Non-OPAC files can be configured.
- Document Delivery Systems – our own system or customized to the preferred vendor.
- Status Line Help on all search fields.
- Context sensitive help on all pages linking one directly to help on that topic/field.
- On Site and WebEx training available to all users/librarians. Classes are designed for each segment. Multiple languages Available.
- Recorded training links to recorded sessions illustrating all major aspects of each resource are available in multiple languages directly from each product page.
- Logos with links out to multiple sites can be designed and placed on the ISI Web of Knowledge home page. The Customer Advocate group in Philadelphia is available to work individually with each subscriber on this effort.
- All links can be configured with customized buttons designed per institution to allow users to easily identify the functionality of these buttons as they are used across multiple non-Thomson resources.
- Subject Alerting across all resources – Author, Topic, Journal, Chemical Reaction. All searchable fields in all Web of Knowledge resources – including any combination of fields within each resource – are alert enabled alone or in combination with other fields.
- Patent Number Alerts, Patent Assignee Alerts, Patent Class Alerts or any combination in Derwent Innovations Index.
- Citation Alerting in Web of Science.
- Citation Alerts can be set up on the full record (one click) for all resources across all types of content.
- Available Online
- COUNTER Compliant Vendor
- Open URL is supported fully for all resources.
- All Federated search systems are fully supported.
- EndNote Web and EndNote Desktop provide connection files to automatically cross search all ISI Web of Knowledge resources in addition to hundreds of online resources and OPACs.
- ISI Web of Knowledge fully supports all WebServices queries, web-based enterprise applications that use open XML-based standards and transport protocols to exchange data with calling clients.
- The Customer Advocate group works with each subscriber to deliver exact specifications for set up.
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Level AAA – All Priority 1, 2 & 3 Checkpoints
- MDL Chime – Structure Search for Derwent Innovations Index
- Hamden Data Services – Structure Search – Web of Science
Availability & Uptime
Downtime (as specified in service level agreements)
We have a 60 second redirect in place for all resources.
There are two complete data centers that fall into each other with 100% backup.