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Web of Science to Add Author Search Tools

Thomson Scientific (, a business of The Thomson Corp., announced a suite of authorship search tools that are designed to simplify the tasks of finding and assessing authors' works. Thomson Scientific said it worked closely with researchers to craft a solution to the complex issue of author identification in the world's citation resource, the Web of Science, and will be rolling out this initiative beginning in July and extending through the end of 2006.

These new tools help researchers find their own works, or those of a colleague, in a simple, single search. Then, they can analyze and report on these works using the powerful tools available in the ISI Web of Knowledge.

The suite of Thomson authorship tools in development for ISI Web of Knowledge includes:

  • Author Finder—This is a quick process that helps users find papers published by a specific author by leveraging the expert indexing within the ISI Web of Knowledge. Enter a name, then choose from a list of name variants and match the results with subject category and/or the author's institution to retrieve works specific to a particular author.
  • Author Disambiguation—The key challenge of distinguishing one J. Smith from another has been the focus of a multiyear research effort within Thomson Scientific that has resulted in "disambiguation" algorithms now being applied across the entire Web of Science. All of the elements in the indexed records and the full range of citation relationships have been combined with sophisticated mathematical techniques to organize all records in the Web of Science by "authorships"—groups of papers by the same author.
  • Biographical and Bibliographical Information for Highly Cited Authors—A direct link will be available from these authorship groups to, a collection of some of the most highly cited researchers. Web of Science users can link to biographical and bibliographical information from the ISI Web of Knowledge record.
  • Processing Author Full Names—The company's processing centers now capture full author names for all records that contain them, making it simple to determine whether "J. Smith" is John, James, or Jane.

Source: Thomson Scientific

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