The Latest Information on the Book Citation Index in Web of ScienceSM
Web of Science is well known for its coverage of top tier international and regional journal literature in the Science Citation Index ExpandedTM, the Social Sciences Citation Index®, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index®. In addition, Web of Science covers the conference proceedings literature in its Conference Proceedings Citation Index. These resources within Web of Science provide access to the scholarly journal literature of the sciences and social sciences back to 1900, and the arts and humanities journal literature back to 1975. The conference proceedings literature is also represented back to 1990. These indexes are characterized by the quality of the publications covered in them. The content of these indexes has been developed over decades of time employing well-defined selection criteria in a systematic and consistent manner.
With the inclusion of the Book Citation Index in Web of Science, Thomson Reuters will expand its presentation of citation coverage of the core research literature. As with the journal and proceedings literature, books will also be selected according to a well-defined set of criteria. The goal of these selection processes is to provide a comprehensive view of the scholarly literature across these major formats: journals, conference proceedings, and now scholarly books. By careful evaluation of the form and content of each publication, Thomson Reuters assures not only that all citation indexes in Web of Science will contain the most relevant and timely research, but also that rigorous Bibliographic Control will ensure this research is discoverable.
But comprehensive does not necessarily mean all-inclusive. With books, as with journals and conference proceedings, there is a need to select those publications that will most likely contain significant scholarship. Thomson Reuters has demonstrated that, by applying rigorous selection criteria to the literature it covers, researchers are able to quickly and efficiently discover the scholarly content that best serves their needs. The aggregation of important book content in the Book Citation Index within Web of Science also enables researchers to reveal their work to a wider audience and to measure citation impact across various publishing formats.
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