Thomson Scientific Launches Journal Citation Forum Dedicated to Discussion About Citation-Based Research Evaluation

    From H-index to Impact Factor, Citation Impact Forum Hosts Expert
    Commentary and Scholarly Discussion About Citation-based Research

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Jan. 8 /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
the launch of its Citation Impact Forum, an online forum promoting scholarly
discussion about all facets of citation-based research evaluation - from
Thomson Scientific's own influential Journal Impact Factor to emerging
citation metrics, such as the h-index.
    "The online format provides a modern-style roundtable discussion," said
Jim Testa, Thomson Scientific's director of editorial development.  "A running
discussion on the topic of evaluation methods gives users around the world the
benefit of information straight from Thomson Scientific.  Additionally, we
will use the invitation-only monthly forums to interact directly with the
research community as well as to provide a way for the members of that
community to interact with each other."
    The Citation Impact Forum will feature interviews with and commentary
from industry leaders - bibliometricians, researchers and publishers - about
scholarly evaluation.  By becoming a registered member of the Forum, users
have the added ability to join invitation only forums where they can
participate in discussions by sharing their own thoughts with other members.
Registered members can also recommend future Forum discussion topics.
    Thomson Scientific will also use the Forum to address - or to clarify --
inaccuracies and common misinterpretations circulating among the scientific
community, printed in journals, blogs and other forums.
    "The Citation Impact Forum promotes a dynamic dialogue within the
research community, allowing users to share with their peers the strategies
and tools being used to evaluate researchers, institutions, publications and
impact," added Testa.
    "No form of research evaluation is cut and dry - all research metrics
have their benefits and their limitations,'" said Jim Pringle, vice president
of product development at Thomson Scientific.  "As partners in research, by
promoting an understanding of and discussion about these metrics, we hope to
encourage those in the industry to use metrics more effectively."
    Thomson Scientific's Citation Impact Forum, can be found by visiting
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and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and
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