Academic & Government

Practices for improved access to institutionally provided information resources

The document put forward by NISO, RA21 and STM – Recommended Practices for Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources – considers the findings of the Resource Access in the 21st Century initiative and suggests recommendations for solutions to the issue of convenient end-user authentication. We welcome all efforts to improve the research and discovery process […]

The Importance of the Cited-Reference List

 As an early-career researcher, you’re likely adjusting to a variety of challenges as you make your way. Writing and publishing a research paper is one of them. One part of the writing process might not seem important, but it can have a major impact not only on your prospects for getting published but, ultimately, on […]

How to build your online researcher identity and increase your impact

Starting a career is very exciting but can also feel complex and intimidating at times, regardless of the professional environment, and the highly competitive world of academic research is no exception. As an early career researcher (ECR) there are multiple dimensions to your career: first and foremost pursuing your post-doctoral research project, ideally by securing […]

Eight Ways (and More) To Find and Access Research Papers

This blog is part of our Research Smarter series. You’ll discover the various search engines, databases and data repositories to help you along the way. Click on any of the following links for in an in-depth look at how to find relevant research papers, journals, and authors for your next project using the Web of […]

Update: Poland’s Science Ministry Expands Access to InCites

In a blog post early in 2018, we reported that Poland, in response to objectives promulgated by the nation’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education in order to improve research performance, had launched a pilot program involving the Web of Science. At 80 top Polish research institutions, the existing Web of Science license was expanded […]

Sustainable Development Goals: mapping the research landscape

In September of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly, as part of the UN’s “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Consisting of 17 broad objectives, the goals are expressly intended to eliminate poverty, fight inequality, and confront climate change. In the words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, “This […]

Web of Science to provide citation data for major UK research assessment

Project Leader Simon Thomson on supporting REF 2021 Clarivate and its Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), after winning a contract in late 2018 from the UK’s four higher education funding bodies, will provide citation data for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. This large-scale national evaluation, previously undertaken in 2014 and succeeding the Research […]

New from the Institute for Scientific Information: Beyond single-point metrics

In the complex matter of assessing research and researchers, simple metrics have their place. For example, when used advisedly in properly limited and matched comparisons, the h-index measurement – which specifies the convergence point of an author’s productivity and citation impact – can identify influential researchers in a precisely defined field. Similarly, the Journal Impact […]