I sampled two of the Vendor Information Sessions
The Royal Society Journal Archive: What Is It and Why it Matters
Nanette Frost, Senior Sales Consultant for the Royal Society said that the Royal Society was started by a group of physician and philosophers who wanted to expand knowledge using a scientific method for their investigations. To be considered scientific must be based on gathering empirical and measurable evidence. The first journal, the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, started in 1665 and laid the foundation of peer review.
The Royal Society maintains an archive of its journals which contains 300 years of ideas from the world’s greatest scientists. In the beginning the archive was made up of letters; here is an example of one from Ben Franklin about how to make an electric kite,which has relevance for scientists today; citations to Franklin’s letter are as recent as 2019. The completion of the archive, marks the first time that all of the Royal Society’s content from 1665 to 2019 became available in one place. Illustrations and maps are included in full color, which is the first time they can be seen by researchers and faculty members, who can even search for mathematical equations using MathML.
Today, the Royal Society publishes 10 high-impact journals covering all of science.
Presenting the New Web of Science
Deron Morgan, Clarivate Solutions Consultant said that new user interface of the Web of Science will be launched in parallel with the current one so that the new one can be tested. User reactions are welcomed as the product develops. Here is the landing page for the new interface.
The new Web of Science features an inclusive interface, faster page loads, an improved design, and ongoing iteration. New technology allows introduction of new enhancements more frequently. It is being built in stages so that it can be thoroughly tested. There will be a phased roll out during November 2020.
Here are some innovative capabilities of the new version:
- Requesting new features.
- Searching not only by publication date but also by indexing date or publisher.
- Search results can be edited directly from the results page using the Refine feature with no need to go back and search again.
- Queries and article links can be copied and shared with other researchers.
- Sorting by number of citations and date of related records.
- Filtering by open access articles, or type of open access.
- Viewing search history by time frame to make it easier to see what you did hours ago, for example.
Users were polled and asked what feature of the Web of Science they are you most excited about? Here is what they said: