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February 5, 2009 — 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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Springer Launches

Springer Science+Business Media ( has launched the website, a free, analytical, online tool for discerning trends, patterns, and subject experts within scientific research. Currently, AuthorMapper searches more than 3 million journal articles. The current searchable content is from all Springer journals, and metadata from other STM publishers will be included in the near future.

The tool can provide a variety of analyses, such as keyword tag clouds and "Top 5" bar charts for various important metrics; it includes an interactive world map of the results. AuthorMapper’s advanced search function also allows complex queries using keyword, discipline, institution, journal, and author. The results can identify new and historic scientific trends through timeline graphs and bar charts of top statistics, allowing for identification of trends in the literature, discovery of wider scientific relationships, and locating other experts in a field of study.

The trend timeline graph, for example, allows authors to see whether their area of expertise is growing or has already peaked. Users who are only interested in open access content can restrict their searches accordingly, and all search results provide links to content on SpringerLink. For graduates, postdocs, and emerging researchers, AuthorMapper shows which institutions are the most prolific in specific research areas and allows for their comparison. AuthorMapper can even be useful for members of the general public who are seeking to identify experts, for example, medical specialists, working close to where they are located.

Source: Springer Science+Business Media

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