ISI Announces Access for the U.K. Academic Community to the Web of Science

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The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has jointly announced with JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and CHEST (Combined Higher Education Software Team) an agreement that will benefit the U.K. academic community. This agreement will expand access to the ISI Citation Databases through its proprietary Web of Science interface. The service will be hosted by MIMAS at Manchester Computing (University of Manchester) starting this month and will replace access to those datasets that have been provided by BIDS for approximately 8 years. The two services will run concurrently until July 2000. Researchers will be able to search using the Web of Science interface and will be assured of access to three multidisciplinary Citation Databases from 1981 forward, with expanded access to the Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings with coverage beginning in 1990.

According to the announcement, the Web of Science is a unified search engine that allows an evolutionary leap in search results, in the U.K., this interface will empower the researcher to move through 2 decades of scholarly journal literature, tracing ideas forward and backward in lime The three distinctive databases--the Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation index--cover collectively over 8,000 journals per year.

ISI indexes all bibliographic information including abstracts, and processes the citations or footnotes published with scholarly journals. This data, combined with new Web-based technologies. offers bi-directional searching through decades of literature and most uniquely, links related records through the cited references. It is estimated that the datasets being accessed in the U.K. include over 25 million alone.

In addition linking to other sources of material through the Web of Science will be seamless for the U.K. research community. …