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July 11, 2005 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Journal Utilization Solution Under Development

Thomson Scientific (, a business unit of The Thomson Corp., announced that it will begin deployment of a full-perspective journal utilization solution in 2005. It is being developed in partnership with Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Drexel University, the University of Melbourne, and others. The utilization solution will gather all journal usage data at an institution and place it in the context of institutional publishing and citation patterns to provide a 360-degree snapshot of journal use from the researcher's perspective as well as the influence that an institution's researchers are having on research worldwide based on their success as published authors.

The company said that development of the solution followed extensive review with academic librarians on the issues they face in managing their journal collections. The new resource plans to give institutions a complete picture of journal utilization, answering such questions as: Do publisher usage reports offer a complete picture of journal usage? What is the relationship between "impact factor" and the influence of a journal at an institution? Where are an institution's researchers publishing, and which journals are they citing?

Source: Thomson Scientific

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