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ISI Releases Journal Citation Reports on the Web, Collaborates with HighWire Press

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ISI Releases Journal Citation Reports on the Web, Collaborates with HighWire Press

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The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced the development of a Web format for the Journal Citation Reports (JCR Web) that will be available for site-wide purchase in the first quarter of 1999. In a separate announcement, ISI said it will be collaborating to build hypertext links between the electronic resources provided by ISI and by Stanford University Libraries' HighWire Press.

Journal Citation Reports

The Journal Citation Reports on the Web (JCR Science and Social Sciences editions) provide access to comprehensive statistical information for individual journals. This information set offers a systematic, objective means of determining the relative importance of science and social science journals within their subject categories, using the unique citation and other data captured for all journal titles by ISI, according to the announcement.

All data in the JCR is drawn from the multidisciplinary ISI database. The JCR Web Science Edition covers more than 4,900 leading titles and the Social Sciences Edition covers more than 1,600 leading journals. The Web format offers desktop access and optimal customization for individual journal analysis.

"The Journal Citation Reports is a unique and powerful tool that can be used by different professional groups," said Keith MacGregor, vice president university sales and marketing, ISI. "Many collection development librarians tell us that they use this as one measurement in making selection and deselection decisions. Researchers have used the JCR to help guide their submissions, and publishers are often interested in reviewing their journal rankings."

Links with HighWire Press

Part of the ISI Links initiative, the collaboration provides the technology to permit users to navigate from the ISI Web of Science, a multidisciplinary bibliographic database tool, to participating HighWire publishers' full-text journal content. The HighWire-produced journals include more than 100 life science and biomedical titles published by a core group of professional and scholarly societies. Among those titles are the widely known publications Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

The agreement signed by ISI and HighWire enables subscribers of the Web of Science to link directly from the bibliographic record and abstract in the Web of Science to the full text of materials currently available through participating High Wire publishers. …

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