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UK Higher Education Gets Access to Web of Science

The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), an information provider to the world's research community, will enable UK higher education institutions to gain access to its Citation Databases via the Web of Science interface.

This week's announcement, made jointly with the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Combined Higher Education Software Team (CHEST), means that UK researchers will have the benefit of a unified search engine to examine two decades of scholarly journal literature.

"Initially, 120 institutions in the UK will be able to access the Web of Science with the potential of adding over 600 additional organisations," said Tim Hamer, managing director, ISI, UK.

"The Web of Science interface offers features such as novice and specialist search options, the ability to search on any author, and searchable abstracts."

UK researchers will at last enjoy the same benefits that have been available to scholars in Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Israel, Brazil, Australia, the Far East. In the USA, over 60 percent of all Academic Research Libraries (ARLs) subscribe to the database.

The new service in the UK will be hosted by MIMAS at Manchester Computing, University of Manchester in September 1999. It will replace datasets provided by BIDS for the past eight years, although the two services will run concurrently until this time next year.

ISI is headquartered in Philadelphia, Penn.