Thomson Scientific Begins Expansion of Web of Science

    162 New Journals Enrich Current Coverage With Regional Perspective

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, April 1, 2008 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, a
leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and
business communities, today announced that 162 regional social science
journals have been added to Web of Science. The newly identified collection
contains journals that typically target a regional rather than international
audience by approaching subjects from a local perspective or focusing on
particular topics of regional interest.
    For more than two years, Thomson Scientific has reviewed thousands of
regional journals in all areas of science, social science and arts and
humanities. Although selection criteria for a regional journal are
fundamentally the same as for an international journal, the importance of the
regional journal is measured in terms of the specificity of its content rather
than in its citation impact. The recently added regional Social Science
journals include 49 titles from the Asia-Pacific region and 91 from the
European Union.
    "As the global distribution of Web of Science expands into virtually
every region on earth, the importance of regional scholarship to our emerging
regional user community also grows," said Jim Testa, senior director,
editorial development and publisher relations at Thomson Scientific. "We hope
to be instrumental in expanding the audience for these journals and bringing
attention to their scholarship."
    Throughout 2008, Thomson Scientific will expand the current collection of
journals to include a more diverse coverage of regional literature.  All
journals added to the Web of Science will go through a rigorous selection
process. Regional journals, specifically, must be publishing on time, have
English-language bibliographic information (title, abstract, keywords), and
cited references must be in the Roman alphabet.
    "The quality of each of these newly added journals is on the level the
world has come to expect from the Web of Science," said Testa.

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    About Thomson Scientific
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professionals at every stage of research and development-from discovery to
analysis to product development and distribution.  Thomson Scientific is part
of The Thomson Corporation (, 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
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