Thompson ISI to index Open Access Institutional Repositories

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 17:55:16 +0000

    Thomspon [ISI] corals open access into single index
    Information World Review - London,UK
    By Mark Chillingworth 23 Nov 2005


    Web Citation Index creates a global listing of institutional
    repositories and open access articles

    Thomson Scientific is releasing a single tool for searching and
    accessing online open access content. The Web Citation Index (WCI)
    from the abstracting and indexing (A&I) specialist will become part
    of its ISI Web of Knowledge platform and connect together pre-print
    articles, institutional repositories and open access (OA) journals...

    At the heart of WCI is technology that crawls the internet searching
    for research documents that are freely available. Once the software
    has located the document it indexes it, locates the citations within
    the document and automatically links these to the cited document. ...

    "The goal is to index all repository material, but it has to conform
    to scholarly standards," Pringle said, "It brings a consistent
    resource for pre-prints are difficult to find and brings them into
    professional research."

    Pringle said the OA and institutional repository community
    needed a serious index and search tool to make their content more
    "discoverable". Although a shot in the arm for the OA community,
    Pringle was quick to back traditional publishing models. "Peer
    review journal literature continues to have an important future;
    I don't see the repository movement calling that into question. This
    is part of the process by which repositories are finding their way."
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