|ISI has announced the premiere of ISIHighlyCited.com, a free, expert
gateway to the world’s most cited and influential scientific authors. Visitors
to this Web-based resource will gain insight into the body of work that
a particular researcher has developed over time, and will be able to discern
how science evolves and expands.
"ISIHighlyCited.com gives anyone working in the sciences a new and invaluable
resource," said James Pringle, ISI’s vice president of product development.
"ISIHighlyCited.com provides a comprehensive view of pivotal influences
on a scientific field. Researchers and scientists will be able to identify
key individuals, departments, and laboratories that have made fundamental
contributions to the development of science and technology in recent decades.
Legal professionals will be able to find expert witnesses. Corporations
and government agencies can locate centers of excellence. In addition,
the information can be used to help inform policy decisions."
"Researchers are not bound by their field, but follow ideas, concepts,
and models that cross many areas of research. ISIHighlyCited.com displays
how these relationships are constructed, and the influence the authors
have on their field and others," said Marie E. McVeigh, product development
manager at ISI.
ISIHighlyCited.com will bring together the publication and achievement
records of pre-eminent researchers in each of 21 broad categories in life
sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences.
Researchers are selected for inclusion in the expert gateway based on
the total number of citations received by their articles within a given
category—a quantifiable demonstration of their impact or influence—as recorded
in the ISI Citation Database 1981–1999. These same researchers will be
continuously adding data to ISIHighlyCited.com. In addition, since new
material is published daily and citation counts are adjusted at the same
time, ISI will regularly expand the list of highly cited researchers as
new fields and their leaders emerge.
According to McVeigh, approximately 19 million articles or source records
were identified and evaluated to determine the most highly cited researchers
in their respective disciplines. The researchers selected for ISIHighlyCited.com
comprise less than one half of one percent of the almost 5 million researchers
in the ISI Citation Database 1981–1999.
Author records contain both biographical and publication information.
Biographical data includes education, faculty or professional posts, society
memberships and/or offices, and current research interests. Publication
information lists journal articles, books or book chapters, conference
presentations, and Web sites or other Internet resources. This information
is searchable by individual, category, country, or institutional affiliation
In addition, over 4 million researchers worldwide who have access to
the ISI Web of Science will be able to link to full bibliographic records,
abstracts, citation data, citation navigation, and often to the full text
of the featured researchers’ works. The ISI Web of Science is the Web interface
to the ISI Citation Databases: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social
Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
ISIHighlyCited.com will be available online at http://www.isihighlycited.com
beginning next month with four categories: neuroscience, engineering, physics,
and chemistry. Seventeen additional disciplines will be available online
Source: ISI, Philadelphia, 800/336-4474, 215/386-0100; http://www.isinet.com.