Thomson Scientific Launches to Associate a Researcher With Their Published Works

    Unique Identifier Ensures An Accurate Record Of A Researcher's Output And
    Attribution and Builds a World-class Author Community

    PHILADELPHIA, and LONDON, Jan. 11 /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 This unique Web environment
enables researchers to create stable personal identifiers to present their
works and manage public presentation of their personal metrics.
    Each individual identification (ID) number acts as a digital "calling
card" that the researcher can place anywhere, such as a personal home page, a
CV, or a university page. The identifier links to a personal workspace that
automatically updates citation data, user-generated tags and keywords, and
professional information that can be shared with the public or kept for
personal monitoring. ensures an accurate record of a
researcher's output and attribution, providing a gateway for colleagues to
pinpoint not only that researcher's published work, but also the researcher as
a potential collaborator.
    "Researchers expressed to us a need for a place to manage their
professional profile -- it needed to be free, open to all their colleagues,
yet with total control over their own privacy," said Jim Pringle, vice
president of product development at Thomson Scientific.  "We've worked with
key industry leaders to ensure that we have developed an open solution, and we
look forward to sharing it with the entire research community both directly
from and via a standard Web Services API."
    Designed as a web-based system, allocates an ID during a
one-time registration which can be expressly associated with a researcher's
published works without confusion over nomenclature or any changes in
institutional affiliations during one's career.
    " resolves any ambiguity surrounding published works and
provides a safe space for virtual collaboration," added Pringle. "The select
researchers who were given access to this over the last several months have
embraced it enthusiastically."
    Later this month, Web of Science users will be able to create identifiers
and workspaces to share publicly, with even wider availability via trusted
sponsors in the future. For more information, or to request an invitation to
register for a unique Researcher ID, 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
distribution. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at

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