Thomson ISI and NEC Laboratories America (NEC) have announced a collaboration intended to create a comprehensive, multidisciplinary citation index for Web-based scholarly resources. The new Web Citation Index will combine a suite of technologies developed by NEC, including "autonomous citation indexing" tools from NEC's CiteSeer environment, with the capabilities underlying ISI Web of Knowledge. Thomson ISI editors will monitor the quality of this new resource in an effort to ensure all indexed material meets the Thomson ISI standards. During 2004, Thomson ISI and NEC will operate a pilot of the new resource to receive feedback from the scientific and scholarly community. Full access to the index is projected for early 2005. When fully operational, the new resource will be a unique content collection within ISI Web of Knowledge and will complement the Thomson ISI Web of Science. The collaboration with NEC is one in a series of Thomson ISI developments aimed at the open access community.
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