Did you Know? Five Things about Web of Science Backfiles

The Web of Science backfiles significantly enhance the depth and breadth of results on the Web of Science platform. With more than 100 years of fully indexed publications in the sciences, social sciences and arts & humanities, this valuable retrospective content is unmatched in quality and coverage by other information providers, anywhere. Here are five things you might not have known about Web of Science Backfiles.

    1. Access 76% of the total available content Did you know that by limiting your access to the last five years, you miss out on more than 96 million records?
    2. The top-cited paper indexed in Web of Science was written in 1951 and has been cited over 330,000 times!

O.H. Lowry, et al , “Protein measurement with the Folin phenol reagent,”
Journal of Biological Chemistry,1951 
Cited 332,392 times,969 times since 2013

  1. Access more than 1 billion cited references! Find new routes to discovery by tracing research backward in time and exploring citing and cited articles that have influenced foundational research.
  2. Demonstrate the true value of your work by easily calculating your h-index to document the impact of research that spans your entire career.
  3. Get comprehensive, relevant research results from one source offering data critical to your research path from as far back as 1864, so that you can be confident in your results.


What else could you be missing without access to the full Web of Science backfiles?
By extending access to more Web of Science content, users will be able to enhance their citation searches. They can trace back the antecedents of today’s major scientific advances. Identify the progression of major ideas and how they’ve branched off. And discern patterns that might inform anticipation of tomorrow’s breakthroughs.


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