The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a collaboration with the National Research Foundation of Korea to make content from the Korean Citation Index (KCI) accessible via the Web of ScienceTM, a search platform for the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
This initiative will bring greater visibility and improved access to valuable research being produced in South Korea, particularly in social sciences and humanities. The KCI content will be made available as a new dataset, the KCI Korean Journal Database, on the Web of Science platform. The KCI Korean Journal Database will seamlessly connect to the leading indices within the Web of Science, including the Data Citation IndexSM, MEDLINE® and BIOSIS Citation IndexSM, enabling researchers to review and analyze the regional content alongside top-tier international literature.
“Our collaboration with Thomson Reuters will open new doors by increasing the visibility and global impact of the significant research being produced in South Korea,” said Dr. Kim So Hyung, research director for the National Research Foundation of Korea. ‘Researchers around the globe will have access to our scholarly works, allowing for greater collaboration and the ability to foster ideas on an international level.”
The KCI Korean Journal Database will provide access to text from approximately 2,000 scholarly journals, over 1,800 of which are new to the Web of Science, enabling researchers to view South Korean journals alongside international output.
“We are pleased to work with the National Research Foundation of Korea to integrate the Korean Citation Index into the Web of Science platform,” said Justin Kim, country director of South Korea, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. “Not only will this spotlight the critical research emerging from South Korea, it will also benefit the global scholarly community by providing access to internationally representative research for deeper insight.”
The addition of the KCI Korean Journal Database to the Web of Science will follow a similar model to that of the SciELO Citation Index, which was integrated within the Web of Science in early 2014, as well as the Chinese Science Citation Database, hosted within the Web of Science since 2008. The inclusion of these databases is part of continuing efforts by Thomson Reuters to further integrate high-quality global content into the Web of Science, spotlight regionally relevant scholarly literature, and identify influential authors and research within rapidly developing research centers. The KCI Korean Journal Database will be accessible to all Web of Science users in the latter part of 2014.
“As the global research landscape evolves, it’s crucial to provide the scholarly community with content from emerging research centers,” said Gordon Macomber, managing director of Thomson Reuters Scholarly and Scientific Research. “We are happy to work with the National Research Foundation of Korea and similar organizations to include this information within the Web of Science.”
The addition of the KCI Korean Journal Database to the Web of Science will further highlight South Korea’s rapidly growing global performance in scientific research, by increasing the number of indexed papers — produced from 2002 to 2012 — by 127 percent, increasing from 20,755 to 47,066 papers. Physical sciences and engineering are the dominant sectors of South Korea’s scientific research portfolio; from 2008 to 2012, the nation’s largest world share was in engineering and technology (5.7 percent), followed by physical sciences and astronomy (5 percent), chemical sciences (4.6 percent), and computer and information sciences (4 percent).
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