Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics)

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  • Updated.jpg 14 March 2018


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Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science Core Collection (formerly part of Thomson Reuters) (see LibGuides) is hosted on the Web of Science platform and provides access to a network of scholarly articles linked by their cited references. With coverage extending from 1900 to the present, the Web of Science Core Collection (WoS_CC) is seen to be "...the original, deepest, and most complete citation index supporting scholarly research and research performance evaluation". The Web of Science Core Collection provides cover to cover indexing for over 19,000 journal titles in the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. The WSCC covers about 65 million source papers from the 1900s to the present, and is updated weekly with 28,000 new articles and 800,000 new cited references.

Content overview and features

  • Indexes 19,718 journals from 252 subject categories; each journal has been selected for coverage and is included only when it has met high standards for content, editorial, and ethical standards.
  • 2700 open access journals are covered
  • 190,000 + full proceedings from conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia worldwide
  • 80,000 + books in across all disciplines
  • Journal backfiles to 1900; cover-to-cover indexing; full-cited reference indexing
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) – 8892 international journals and highly cited book series in 170 categories back to 1900
  • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) – 3252 international journals and highly cited book series in 50 subject categories back to 1900
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index – 1780 international journals and highly cited book series in 25 categories back to 1975
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) – 5793 journals in emerging fields in the sciences, social sciences, and arts & humanities. ESCI provide coverage from 2016 forward. An ESCI backfile to 2005 will be released in 2018.
  • Complete backfiles to 1900 puts the total number of records indexed at over ~65 million records
  • Coverage from 1945 to present puts the total at over ~64 million records
  • Cited Reference Search – all cited references are indexed and searchable
  • Author identification tools – all authors are indexed and algorithmically clustered to account for name ambiguity.
  • Author Affiliations – All Author Affiliations are indexed. Institutional affiliation are normalized for over 6500 institutions and searchable in the “Organization Enhanced” field
  • Funding data from published funding acknowledgment and from integration with Medline and ResearchFish is indexed and searchable.
  • Analysis capabilities
  • Direct links to your full-text collections
  • Index Chemicus®: Over 2.6 million compounds, to 1993
  • Current Chemical Reactions®: Over one million reactions, to 1986, plus INPI archives from 1840 to 1985.
  • The Web of Science platform and the Web of Science Core Collection provides unique search methods including cited reference searching. Users can navigate forward and backward through the literature using the cited reference connections between documents, and search broadly across all disciplines and time periods.
  • Full text links - Users can navigate to print and electronic collections using institutional link resolvers.
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoS_CC) is searchable with complete bibliographic data, cited reference data and navigation and links to full text.

See also

  • Journal Citation Reports for information about how the Journal Impact Factor and other journal citation performance metrics are derived from Web of Science Core Collection data
  • Essential Science Indicators for information on how Web of Science Core Collection data is used to benchmark “hot” and “highly cited” articles as well as “highly cited” institutions, researchers, journals, and countries.
  • InCites is a customized, citation-based research analytics tool on the Web that enables you to evaluate institutional productivity and benchmark your output

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See also Wikipedia entry on Web of Science

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