(7 February 2018, Philadelphia, /PRNewswire) Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, today announced it will re-establish the prestigious Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) to its Scientific and Academic Research Group. This new incarnation of the institute will be focused on the development of existing and new bibliometric and analytical approaches, fostering collaborations with partners and customers across the academic community.
Annette Thomas, CEO of the Scientific and Academic Research group at Clarivate Analytics explains: “For 50 years the Institute for Scientific Information was the key source of research and product development in the world of scientometrics. It was the founding company of all that is Clarivate Analytics and the heart of what is now the Scientific and Academic Research group.
“The newly energized ISI will be a place where we house our expertise, experience and deep thinking that drives our editorial rigor, our policy and partnerships, rankings and analytics. From the institute we will work with and for the research community – researchers, publishers, governments, industry bodies, libraries and funders will all be welcome. The institute will be both the heart and soul of our group and the brains behind our most complex thinking to solve the problems of our community.”
Established in 1960 by Dr Eugene Garfield, ISI produced the Science Citation Index – the first citation index for the sciences – in 1964, followed by the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, as well as the Journal Citation Reports including Journal Impact Factors, all during the 1970s. These indexes were gathered together and introduced in 1997 as the Web of Science on the internet. This revolutionized the way people searched for information of interest. Dr Garfield anticipated the advent of hyperlinked pages on the web and the appearance of the Google Search algorithm (the patent for which cites Garfield). It took 40 years for technological developments to catch up with Eugene Garfield’s vision.
The full announcement is here.