Thomson Reuters Adds Two New Categories to Web of Science

Thomson Reuters strives to ensure our world-class citation indexes mirror current trends in scholarly literature. Beginning in 2011, Web of ScienceSM will include journals in two new categories: Cultural Studies and Primary Health Care.

The category Cultural Studies will be included in both the Social Sciences Citation Index® (SSCI) and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index® (A&HCI). All 25 journals in the category will be covered in both indexes.  This new category covers resources concerned with the interdisciplinary, theoretical-critical study of modern cultural phenomena, practices and products in their sociopolitical, historical and geographical contexts.  The ‘Cultural Studies’ category will be included in the 2010 Journal Citation Report® Social Sciences Edition to be released in 2011.

Primary Health Care will be added as a new category in the Science Citation Index Expanded® (SCIE) with 14 titles that are also part of the “Medicine, General & Internal” category. The newly-created Primary Health Care category will cover resources on all aspects of family medicine and primary health care services, including first contact, health assessments, laboratory and diagnostic procedures, medication management, disease prevention, early diagnosis and treatment and comprehensive strategies to improve the health status of individuals and communities. These titles will also be included in their new category, Primary Health Care, in the 2010 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition.

“As specialized fields of study emerge, Thomson Reuters strives to reflect these trends in its evaluation, selection and categorization of publications.  The development of these two new topics, ‘Primary Health Care’ and ‘Cultural Studies’ will enable even greater specificity in the categorizing and ranking of journals as well as enabling scholars to discover journals relevant to their work”, says James Testa, Vice President of Editorial Development & Publisher Relations for Thomson Reuters.



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