ISI Web of Science Service for UK Education – update

14 December 2001

The demand for the service resulted in new highs in terms of numbers of sessions and searches performed, but also slowed response times. Peak usage has always been between 11:00am–12:30pm and 3:00pm–5:30pm, however, we were seeing full utilisation of the service, i.e. 1,000 concurrent users, throughout almost all of the day. (Please be aware that the previous BIDS-ISI service offered 500 concurrent users.) We are continually monitoring the performance of the service and all information on access and timing is reported to the JISC, who are responsible for the provision of funding for the associated hardware. The UK's current service is the largest anywhere in the world, by a long way (~50%). MIMAS would like to thank our users for their feedback, please keep it coming, and also for their patience and restraint.

Training Service

Please be aware that the Training Service which JISC licensed to provide an extra 200 concurrent users will not be available after 31st December 2001. A message has been placed on the WoS home page to remind users.

FREE links from WoS to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

In addition to the links from WoS to the NCBI GenBank database which are enabled for ALL institutions, full text links to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) will be enabled at the start of the New Year. In January 2000, PNAS established a policy of providing free access to back issues online, making PNAS content free — at both the PubMed Central and PNAS Online web site — two issues (four weeks) after print publication. In July 2001, however, the Council of the National Academy of Sciences accepted the recommendation of its Committee on Publications to increase the delay period for free access to six months beginning in January 2002.

JCR links

For institutions that subscribe for the additional JCR product(s) we can now offer a JCR link button on articles that will take users directly to the Journal information in the JCR product. It is our intention to enable this for all JCR subscribing sites at the start of the New Year.

Linkage Service

Extensions to existing agreements:

CatchWord – Nearly 400 CatchWord title links are now available in ISI Web of Science.

Kluwer Academic Publishers – Kluwer has recently agreed to provide links for an additional 160 titles.

New agreements:

John Wiley & Sons – Links to 300 journals will soon be available.

EBSCO Subscription Services – ISI and EBSCO have recently signed an agreement linking ISI content to journals offered through EBSCO Online®.

Agreements with Cambridge University Press, OCLC and Project Muse are also forthcoming. More information and examples of the titles are available at:

A current list of links can be found at:

Holdings (FREE option)

Links can also be enabled from Web of Science to your library's online public access catalogue (OPAC) integrating additional information resources. Institutions who find that their OPAC is not compatible have the option to direct the Holdings button link to COPAC. Please contact the helpdesk for further details.


Institutions have another option for linking all their electronic resources and services as a result of an agreement between ISI and Ex Libris Ltd. This partnership integrates the Web of Science and Ex Libris' SFX link technology, extending the linking possibilities beyond scholarly journals and citation databases. More information at:

Bibliographic Packages News

EndNote 5 allows connection directly into WoS and search the database(s) it also has the ability to link into WoS from a record directly. Reference Manager 9.5 has the ability to link from a previously exported record into WoS directly. Version 10 has been announced for release in the New Year. Full details of the new Reference Manager 10 are at:

Further information on Bibliographic Packages can be found in the FAQ web page.

ISI Highly Cited Com

" is a FREE, easily accessible expert gateway that gives research professionals an invaluable tool to identify individuals, departments, and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology in recent decades. This unique resource was developed using the extensive ISI citation file a complete record of the references that acknowledge the influence of prior work and discovery via citations in all areas of science, social science, medicine, and technology."

If you require any further information please contact the helpdesk at:

Last but not least, MIMAS would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

If you have any further questions or feedback regarding the ISI WoS Service for UK Education, please contact the helpdesk at: