WHO WE ARE
Who we are and how we got here:
A quick history of Web of Knowledge
Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge started with a single idea...and a man who could see the possibilities of that idea. In 1955, Dr. Eugene Garfield revolutionized scientific research with his concept of citation indexing and searching.
Decades later, technology finally caught up with his concept and Web of Science® brought Web linking and citation searching together to create a powerful and versatile research platform. Web of Knowledge was the next logical step — bringing together a full range of data, tools and technology in one, integrated, ever-evolving resource.
2002 — Web of Knowledge, a new and unique research platform, launches
- Content includes data from high quality and relevant journals, patents, proceedings and evaluated web content in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
- Coverage goes back to 1945, and includes broad, multidisciplinary content such as Web of Science as well as targeted specialty resources.
- Tools include cross search, cited reference searching, and full-text linking.
2003 — Accessed by researchers in over 50 countries
- Added features include: General, cited reference and chemical alerting capabilities; centralized marked list; OpenURL-enabled.
- Users accessing a monthly average of 137,000 full-text links.
2004 — Total interface redesign enhances intuitive usage
- The Analyze Tool helps researchers discover hidden research trends and patterns.
- Users accessing a monthly average of 264,000 full-text links.
2005 — Quarterly enhancements and upgrades bring additional capabilities to users
- Additional electronic backfiles: Web of Science scientific coverage go back to 1900; Inspec Archive expands coverage in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, computing and control engineering to 1898.
- Accessed by over 3,200 institutions in 74 countries.
- Users accessing a monthly average of 943,000 full-text links.
2006 — Accessed by over 20 million users from 81 countries
- Suite of author identification tools help users find the right author, right away.
- Citation Report provides a powerful citation analysis tool.
- EndNote® Web expands reference management to the Web.
- Additional electronic backfiles: BIOSIS® Archive and Zoological Record Archive add biology data to 1864; CAB Abstracts® Archive delivers content in agricultural science, veterinary medicine, nutrition and natural resources to 1910.
- Averaging over 150,000 visits per day
2007 — A new face of research offers intuitive research for every level of user
- Web of Knowledge offers a new face of research — a new interface, integrated all-database search, and new analysis tools.
- Free bibliographic management via EndNote Web integrates searching, writing, and bibliography creation.
- Full-text links connect to more than 2,000 additional journals.
- Scientific WebPlus adds editorially selected content from the Web to every Web of Knowledge search
2008 — More than 3,550 institutions from 90 countries use Web of Knowledge
- A new citation database within Web of Science lets users search proceedings: Conference Proceedings Citation Index, formerly ISI Proceedings.
- Citation mapping lets users visualize citation relationships
- H-index is now available within the Citation Report: this measure depicts productivity and impact, and is based on the set of an author's most cited papers and the number of citations that he or she has received in the papers published by other researchers.
- Journal Citation Report® enhancements help users visualize the impact factor and judge the effect of self-citations.
- ResearcherID is launched to solve author misidentification and to help researchers and institutions promote their research efforts
- 1,200 new regional journals are fully searchable within Web of Science.
- Web of Knowledge interface available in English or Simplified Chinese.
2009 Annual Report – Knowledge to Act
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