London, UK. September 3 2020: Clarivate Plc (NYSE:CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has opened applications for The Eugene Garfield Award™, which recognizes early-career scientists working on innovative approaches in citation analysis. The Award was launched in 2017 and has an unrestricted prize of $25,000.
David Pendlebury, Senior Analyst, Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said: “Sixty years ago Dr. Eugene Garfield founded the Institution for Scientific Information (ISI), ultimately revolutionizing information retrieval by introducing the concept of citation indexing for scientific literature. Science Citation Index™ data from Web of Science™ also served as a foundation for quantitative studies in the history and sociology of science and eventually gave birth to the field of scientometrics.
“The purpose of the award, established in Dr. Garfield’s memory, is to help nurture the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of scientometrics, who will improve how we measure the impact of scientific research and how we might mine the richness of citation connections to learn more about the dimensions and dynamics of scientific and scholarly communication.”
The deadline for applications is 11:00 PM Eastern Daylight time on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The winner will receive $25,000 of unrestricted prize money and access to the Web of Science, the world’s largest publisher-neutral citation index. The winner will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the prestigious Institute for Scientific Information, which focuses on the development of existing and new scientometric approaches.
Three decades before the invention of the World Wide Web Dr. Garfield connected the immense body of scientific knowledge in a network. With the creation of the first Science Citation Index, he unlocked the power of the citation—the connection between one discovery and another, which was quite literally a “Web of Science.” He developed numerous citation databases that have changed how scientists search and assess scholarly literature. These include the Web of Science, which indexes the contents and the citation network of the world’s premier scientific and scholarly journals and proceedings, and Journal Citation Reports™, which provide Journal Impact Factors™ and other citation metrics describing the influence of journals and how they are related to one another. These are just two of Garfield’s unprecedented, valuable, and enduring legacies. Today, the Web of Science contains nearly 1.9 billion cited references and is trusted by more than 9,000 leading academic, corporate and government institutions and millions of researchers worldwide.
Dr. Garfield had many interests related to information science and technology, but one of the key threads across all of them is citation indexing and analysis and its impact on information retrieval, research assessment, and the study of the science of science. In particular, scientometrics shape the future of scientific discovery by helping governments, funding bodies and universities around the world assess the impact of their work and investments, enabling them to allocate funding accordingly. It can also provide researchers with insights regarding the impact of their research, and the wider field.
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About the Institute for Scientific Information
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)™ at Clarivate has pioneered the organization of the world’s research information for more than half a century. Today it remains committed to promoting integrity in research whilst improving the retrieval, interpretation and utility of scientific information. It maintains the knowledge corpus upon which the Web of Science™ index and related information and analytical content and services are built and disseminates that knowledge externally through events, conferences and publications whilst conducting primary research to sustain, extend and improve the knowledge base. For more information, please visit https://clarivate.com/webofsciencegroup/solutions/isi-institute-for-scientific-information/
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