Sept. 20, 2010 - Seattle - Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, today announced the integration of content from the Thomson Reuters subscription-based Web of Science℠ service with its Summon™ web-scale discovery service. This integration enables display of cited-by counts in Summon search results for Web of Knowledge℠ subscribers to highlight the highest impact articles for researchers. The Summon service will also use citation counts as an element of relevance ranking.
"We are delighted that Serials Solutions has chosen to integrate Web of Science content into its industry-leading Summon discovery tool," said Jim Pringle, vice president of product development, Thomson Reuters. "The availability of Web of Science results within Summon will be a tremendous benefit to libraries who subscribe to both services, as it will expose the value of citation counts and citing references to a wide-array of library users - increasing information literacy and improving the quality of research across the board."
The Web of Science cited-by data is valuable and respected by both novice and experienced researchers alike, offering easy access to related and seminal works. Web of Science cited-by counts are also being used by the Summon™ service to assist with relevancy rankings. With access and integration of this information into the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, users can be even more confident that they will get the most relevant results immediately upon performing a search.
Web of Science data has been added to the Summon™ service unified index, allowing researchers to quickly see search results ranked by relevance. Adding Web of Science data to the index is a further demonstration of Serials Solutions' commitment to not force researchers to execute a federated search or wade through hybrid results to find what they need.
"The integration of Web of Science data and Summon adds a new level of academic sophistication and utility to Summon as a research tool," explained Mike Buschman, Summon senior product manager for Serials Solutions. "This will help the researcher more quickly and easily discover influential individuals and articles in their field of study, among a host of other options. The integration of Web of Science data makes Summon even more useful for undergrads, graduate students and faculty members. For libraries themselves, this level of integration will also mean increased ROI for Summon and Web of Science, both premium resources. Librarians will get significantly more value out of those resources because they will be readily apparent and accessible to all of their library users."
The Summon™ service enables a familiar Web-searching experience of the full breadth of content found in library collections - from books and videos to e-resources such as articles. It aims to bring researchers back to library content and resources by providing a premiere and easy-to-use discovery tool. Librarians like the Summon™ service's power to transform their institution's search experience, and have found it easy to set up and integrate into their current library operations.
Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions® is the global leader in E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) that serves more than 3,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions' comprehensive suite of discovery tools and management services helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; Ulrich's, the world's most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available; AquaBrowser®, a discovery layer that makes navigation more accessible; and most recently the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, a world-class tool that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library's collection through a single search.
Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.
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