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Thompson Reuters InCites Bibliometrics Meeting (part 1)

Posted by gazjjohnson on 24 March, 2009

On Monday I travelled down to London to a meeting organised by Thompson Reuters (TR), providers of the ISI Web of Knowlegde and Journal Citation Reports to name but a few key resources. Principally the day was to introduce and give an overview of their new InCites bibliometrics product (to be launched in May 2009), but thanks to the mix of people there from universities (myself, Kingston, UCL) and funders (Wellcome, HEFCE) some very interesting discussions around the subjects demonstrated were presented. All of this naturally is related to the REF.  As this is a long report on a very full discussion, I’m going to break it up into multiple posts.

The day and background to the product was introduced by a senior manager, who talked about the breadth of coverage of TR’s products, noting the importance of everyone having access to the same quality data for evaluation. He mentioned that the acquisition of Evidence (based in the UK) has allowed the provision of services and tools along with access of the data themselves, even the generation of customised reports. Finally he talked about TR’s development of grant application systems as one of their next major launches.

Jon Stroll (Key Account Manager) presented on aspects of research analysis including using data integration within institutional work flows such repositories. Focussing first on the Web of Science (WoS) and mentioning that the conference database is now also a citations database. However, Jon was unsure if the REF will take account of this data. In terms of quality TR use manual and machine harvesting of each article’s data. InCites is essentially a benchmarking citation analysis tool. He noted that currently the HEFCE Pilot,the US National Science Foundation and EU are all using the data from Thompson Reuters

Key questions that InCites can help answer include:

  • Over all published output in 10/20 years
  • Impact and how frequently has it been cited
  • Which papers are the most influential and how do they compare to the benchmarks?
  • Who are the top (H Indexed) authors and therefore where should research funding be focussed
  • What research do our researchers pull on – are they citing the right material

The extended license allows for use of ISI bibliographic data within IRs (populate the meta data using ISI WoS data). The current policy is now that you can use the data and expose externally with no additional charge. The only mandatory requirement is that you have a WoS subscription. A comment from Susan Miles that the repository community are currently unaware of this and would really benefit from knowing.

[To be continued in Part 2]

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