Thomson Scientific Announces Strategic Partnership with Chinese Academy of Sciences to Host Chinese Science Citation Database

    First Non-English Content Offering Will Be Fully Searchable Within ISI
    Web of Knowledge Alongside the Science Citation Index Expanded(TM)

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Dec. 4 /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, today announced
that it is partnering with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to host the Chinese
Science Citation Database on the ISI Web of Knowledge(SM) platform.  The
Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD) is comprised of the top scholarly
publications from the People's Republic of China.
    Bringing new depth to the ISI Web of Knowledge's already extensive
records, the Chinese Science Citation Database will comprise more than 1,000
scholarly publications with more than 1.3 million records in all, and will be
fully searchable within ISI Web of Knowledge.  Users will also be able to link
from citations within the Chinese Science Citation Database to data within the
popular Web of Science(R).
    Available in early 2008, the Chinese Science Citation Database will be
the first non-English product available within ISI Web of Knowledge.  Because
much of the bibliographic information will appear in both Chinese (Simplified)
and English, ISI Web of Knowledge will be upgraded to support Unicode -
expanding research capabilities and empowering users with new customization
options. Users can conduct searches in a preferred language.
    "We are committed to the ongoing enrichment of our citation-index
content, and the Chinese Science Citation Database will bring tremendous value
to the ISI Web of Knowledge," said Keith MacGregor, executive vice president
of Thomson Scientific's Academic & Government strategic business unit.  "By
integrating and raising the visibility of important, influential research from
the People's Republic of China, the new database will build a bridge between
Chinese science and the global research community."
    "Thomson Scientific is one of the world's leaders in scientific research
and information, so naturally we were very excited about the opportunity to
further develop and promote the Chinese Science Citation Database," said  Dr.
Xiaolin Zhang ,Executive Director, National Science Library of the Chinese
Academy of Sciences. "Giving Chinese research increased prominence within the
ISI Web of Knowledge ensures that the contributions of our scientists will
continue to be an important part of the global scientific discourse."
    Scientific Output in China is Growing
    Based on research conducted using Web of Science, China published 69,664
papers (including document types: articles, notes, reviews, and proceedings
papers) in 2006. China's scientific output ranked fifth in the world, after
USA, UK, Germany and Japan; accounting for over 7.75% of the World's output.
In comparing to China's performance in 2005 (59,611 papers, accounting for
more than 6.57% of world's output), it increased about 16.9%; bearing in mind
that comparing to the world output 907,551 papers in 2005, the world's output
in 2006 (899,074 papers) actually decreased by 8,477 papers. In addition, the
citation impact of Chinese papers in the recent five years also increased.
    Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD) was developed with the
assistance of National Natural Science Foundation of China in 1989. It is the
first citation database in China.
    CSCD includes more than 1,000 Chinese and English version core journals
published in China, covering Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy,
Geosciences, Biology, Agriculture and Forestry, Medicine and Health,
Engineering, Environmental Science, and Management Science. It provides over 2
million article records and their more than 13 million citations.  The annual
updates of CSCD are more than 200,000 source records and about 2.2 million
citations. CSCD helps Chinese researchers to search information across
disciplines, to track research trends, and to provide research evaluation
services. For more information about Chinese Science Citation Database, please
    ISI Web of Knowledge, an integrated, versatile research platform,
delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the
sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as search and
analysis tools that enhance this content.  The platform provides users the
ability to search the right content and find relevant information - whether
that information is found in international journals, open access resources,
books, patents, proceedings or Web sites. For more information about ISI Web
of Knowledge, visit
    Learn more about the development of the Chinese Science Citation Database
at Online Information 2007, Dec. 4-6.  On Dec. 5, John Adams, Director of
Product Development, Thomson Scientific's Academic & Government Markets, will
present as part of the STM Information In Focus program in Theatre C.
    About the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading academic institution and
comprehensive research and development center in natural science,
technological science and high-tech innovation in China. Under CAS there are
five Academic Divisions, 108 scientific research institutes, over 200 science
and technology enterprises, and more than 20 supporting units including one
university, one graduate school and five documentation and information
centers. They are distributed over various parts of the country. Twelve
branches of CAS were established in Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei, Changchun,
Shenyang, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Xi'an, Lanzhou and Xinjiang. CAS
strives to build itself into a scientific research base at an advanced
international level, a base for fostering and bringing up advanced S&T
talents, and a base for promoting the development of China's high and new
technology industries.
    The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences was built
combing the four libraries of the Chinese Academy of Sciences which are
located in Beijing, Wuhan, Lanzhou and Chengdu in 2006. The Library of the
Chinese Academy of Sciences (LCAS, Beijing) was established in April 1950.
After developing for more than 50 years, LCAS has become a modern, public S&T
documentation and information center that integrates programs of service,
research and education, performing the functions of National Science Library.
The mission of LCAS is to serve the scientific research in China, science and
technology development and economic construction, provide S&T information
support for the national knowledge innovation system. For more information
about the National Science Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences please visit
    About The Thomson Corporation
    The Thomson Corporation ( is a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and
Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC).
    Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation.  Its
information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and
development-from discovery to analysis to product development and
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