Citation Data Will be Used by Australian Government to Determine Funds
Allocation and Measure the Quality of Research
SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 31 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of The
Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information
solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, announced today
that it will provide citation data to Australia's Department of Education,
Science and Training (DEST). The data will support DEST in implementing the
Research Quality Framework (RQF).
DEST is the Australian government department responsible for
administering the public funding of higher education and for developing and
administering higher education policy and programs. This partnership quickly
follows a recent agreement between Thomson Scientific and the Innovative
Research Universities Australia to provide National Citation Reports and
University Science Indicators to six member universities. In addition, all the
universities in Australia currently have access to Thomson Scientific's ISI
Web of Knowledge.
"We are delighted that DEST has chosen us as its partner and proud that
our data will be used to support an important nation-wide project on the scale
of the RQF," said Jeroen Prinsen, director of sales, Thomson Scientific ANZ.
"Our ever-growing presence in Australia reflects our position as an
authoritative, quantitative information provider."
Today, Australia ranks among the top 10 nations for the influence enjoyed
by its scientific papers, with 2894 papers among the top one percent cited
from 1996 to 2006. The RQF will play a key role to ensure that research
conducted in Australian institutions is rigorously assessed through
internationally recognized processes to maintain its high quality.
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