Web of Science/Web of Knowledge Renewal Progress

22 July 2004

This announcement has been posted on behalf of Chris Powell at Thomson Scientific.

Thomson Scientific and JISC are currently finalising the renewal pricing for September 2005. The JISC Consultation period is expected to begin on September 1st 2004 for a sixty-day period; during this period librarians will also be given the opportunity to access the new upgraded versions of Web of Science and Web of Knowledge. A full upgrade to these versions for the UK community is planned for April 2005, with dual access running through to September 2005 when the current version of Web of Knowledge will be switched off and replaced with the new version.

From September 2005 the Web of Knowledge service will be hosted by Thomson Scientific in Ireland, MIMAS will continue to run the helpdesk and user training workshops, together with their colleagues from John Rylands University Library of Manchester. Users will be able to access Biosis Previews, CAB Abstracts, Inspec, FSTA and Psycinfo, subject to subscription, via the Web of Knowledge platform.

Usage statistics will be COUNTER compliant and available for each product, Thomson Scientific is also working with JISC on the implementation of Shibboleth.

More information will follow on this upgrade in due course via MIMAS.

The A – J JISC Banding will be used for the renewal of this agreement.

ISI Web of Knowledge enhancements include:

  • A new look and feel to the home page, including a simplified design that is easier on the eyes and easier to use
  • Enhancements to CrossSearch, personalization, optional alerting, and content
  • More search options and external collections selection, and improved product access points
  • Links supplemented with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) ; these will increase the number of links to full-text articles from 8 million to 10 million (2 million unique)
  • Links to the journals of about 250 new publishers, including those of the American Chemical Society

This increased linking capability will allow organizations with a links server to increase context-sensitive and holdings links.

Web of Science – New Developments

These new Web of Science features and functionalities will also be added to other ISI Web of Knowledge resources in the near future:

  • Analyze tool – enables users to refine and organize search results to gain insights into hidden trends and patterns
  • Direct access to indexing list (dictionary) – helps speed up the search process and minimizes search time
  • Personal Citation Alert – enables users to set alerts to track citation activity with a single click, from a single page
  • Enhanced searching and navigation capabilities – results are no longer limited to 500; users can mark ranges of results, and directly navigate to any page

Journal Citation Reports on the Web – New Developments

  • Graphical display of key citation data, including proportion of total citations that determine impact factor
  • Improvements to navigation – links to OPACs, category summary list and cited journals from each journal record
  • Links to the most recent issue table-of-contents within Current Contents Connect? (Subscription required)
  • Scope notes for categories

JIBS Wish-list Enhancements

  • Re-design WOK home page to give more prominence to individual databases and less to cross-searching – DONE
  • Ability to mark records at cross-search level – DONE
  • Ability to hit Enter button to run search and use back navigation button – DONE
  • Number of Search Results at top of page – DONE
  • Back-year data for Web of Science – DONE (see below)
  • No more 500 limit – DONE (limit is now 100,000)
  • Customised display page for each user – DONE

Web of Science Back-files from 1945 to 1980

The opportunity exists for all sites to greatly enhance their Web of Science subscription with a one-time purchase of back-files from 1945 to 1980. Further information available in news item dated 14 November 2003.

For any questions relating to the renewal, upgrade or back-file purchases please contact Christopher Powell:
Tel: 0207 424 2632

If you have any further questions or feedback regarding the ISI WoK Service for UK Education, please contact the helpdesk.