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Web of Science is today‘s premier research database, helping you to quickly find, analyze, and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Designed for both novice and professional researchers, its streamlined search process makes it easy for you to quickly find and analyze past and present available research in your field.




What's New in Web of Science

The latest version of Web of Science includes the following new features.

  • Remotely access Web of Knowledge anywhere at anytime using your personal username and password.

  • Go mobile by accessing Web of Knowledge anywhere at anytime using your phone or device by going to

  • Add your published works to your publication's list in ResearcherID from either the Results or Full Record pages using the ResearcherID button.

  • Primary author always displays in the Cited Author column on the Cited Reference Search selection page followed by the searched author (secondary author) if the source record is within the current product database.

  • The Citation Report now includes:

    • An "Average Citation Count per Paper" column that calculates the average number of citations to articles in the results set since the articles were published.

    • A "Sum of the Times Cited without Self-Citations" count that calculates the total number of citations to all results found in the results set minus any citation from articles in the set.

    • A Save as Excel File output option.

  • Search for records by Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers using the DOI search field on the General and Advanced Search pages.

  • Redesigned pages and buttons on the Results, Full Record, and Marked List pages allow for cleaner, simpler navigation.

  • Refine your search by Subject Category using traditional and broader subject areas.

  • Narrow the results of an Author Finder search by using the "Select author name variant" feature from the Distinct Author Sets page.

  • Report corrections to your records by using our Suggest a Correction feature prepopulated with record and personal preferences information.


Features Added in Previous Version of Web of Science

The last version of Web of Science included the following new features.

  • Upgraded Author Finder and integrated the function with the Distinct Author Sets function. Search for sets of records and single records that you can review and refine within the Distinct Author Sets function.

  • Ugraded the Distinct Author Sets function to include a Refine option that allows you to retrieve records from selected author sets by Subject Areas, Institutions, Publication Years, Countries / Territories, and Source Titles. The Add Middle Initial feature narrows your search to authors who have both a first and middle initial.

  • Upgraded the Citation Report to include a total count for Citing Articles.

  • Integrated ResearcherID with Web of Science. Registered users can search Web of Science, view their publication list at, and log into their account.

  • Enhanced the Cited References page - the bibliographic results list is similar in format to the Results and Citing Articles pages.


Search Precision & Rules

  • All search terms are searched. Stopwords are gone so a search on Vitamin A gets Vitamin A.

  • Most fields support both right- and left-hand truncation using wildcards. For example: *oxide matches peroxide, sulfoxide, nitric oxide, zinc oxide, and more.

  • Support of the NEAR proximity operator allows for more precise results - find records where terms joined by the operator are within a specified number of words of each other.

  • Full author name searching returns precision results. For example: Blackburn Elizabeth H* finds records by this author.


Linguistics Search Features

  • Automatically search for spelling variations (such as U.S. and U.K. spelling differences) in Topic and Title search terms. Over 7,000 spelling variations are available. For example, enter color to find spelling variants such as color and colour.

  • Automatically map abbreviated address terms to known full address terms and vice-versa. For example, enter Academy in the Address field to find equivalent terms such as Acad, Akad, and Akademy.

  • Automatically search for term variants by using lemmatization. For example, enter mouse and the system finds mouse and mice.


Greater Flexibility

  • New sort options allow you to manipulate your search results to quickly identify needed records. Options include traditional [A-Z] sort options as well as inverted sort options [Z-A]

  • Results are organized by Publication Date (default sort option), thus allowing you to view the results of a search as you would see them on a library shelf.

  • Refine results by product database in the All Databases function.


A True Citation Universe

  • View an All Databases Citation Summary table that displays a breakdown of all Times Cited counts across all products and editions in Web of Knowledge, including citation counts from product databases that are not in your institution's subscription.

  • Value-added to non-citation database products by linking to Citing Articles, Cited References, and Related Records in All Databases.

  • Enhancements in the unification of citation data across all citation indexes in Web of Knowledge have reduced the number of duplicate records that the product returns.


Improvements to Workflow

  • View abstracts on the Results list without having to go to the Full Record.

  • Link to previously saved EndNote Web records.

  • Manage and maintain up to 5,000 marked records from across all product databases including records marked from an All Databases search.

  • Manage and output summary field information from the All Databases Marked List.

  • Manage and output summary and product-specific field information from a product's Marked List.

  • Access Citation Reports and Analyze Records from your Marked List.


System Requirements

Thomson Reuters supports the following operating systems and browsers for Web of Knowledge and EndNote Web.

Windows® Operating System

Windows XP or Windows 7

Supported Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0
  • Firefox 3.6

Macintosh® Operating System

Mac OS X10.5 or X10.6

Supported Web Browsers

  • Safari 5.0
  • Firefox 3.6

Thomson Reuters does not support beta versions of Web browsers.


JavaScript Requirements

JavaScript is a scripting language that makes Web pages interactive. JavaScript must be enabled in your Web browser in order for Web of Knowledge to work properly.


Structure Search Requirements

Thomson Reuters supports the following operating systems and browsers for the Structure Search function in Web of Science.

Windows® Operating System

Windows XP (32-bit only)
Windows 7 (32-bit only)

Supported Web Browsers

Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0

Note: Be aware that the Structure Search function may not work if you are using the Vista operating system.


System-Related Issues

This section covers system-related issues and how you can fix those issues.


Adding Records to Your EndNote Web Account

To use this feature, you must be a registered user of Web of Knowledge and you must sign in.

If you are not signed in after you select the record(s) to add to your EndNote Web account, the system prompts you to sign in after you click the Save to EndNote Web button. The system then returns you to the Results or Full Record page where you will have to re-submit your records to your EndNote Web library.


About SAME and Saved Searches

When you open a search history file created from a previous version of the product, your search may yield more results if you had used the SAME operator in your query. In the current version of Web of Knowledge, the SAME operator works exactly like AND in most fields (such as the Topic and Title fields).

For example, the search query:

TS=Bird Migration SAME TS=South America*

Is automatically translated in the current version of the product into

TS=Bird Migration AND TS=South America*

And produces a larger set of search results than the original query.

When opening a saved search history file from a previous version of the product, consider revising your query if you had used the SAME operator in the query.

Note: The exception to the rule discussed, here, is the Address field where SAME operator rules still apply.


Firefox Web Browser

When using this browser to view a Citation Map, we recommend that you maximize the browser window to fully view graphical features within the Citation Map.

Safari Web Browser

When using this browser to view a Citation Map, we recommend that you turn off the pop-up blocker to fully run and view graphical features within the Citation Map.

All Browsers

For all other Web browsers, we recommend that you turn on the pop-up blocker to run and view graphical features within the Citation Map.


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Web of Knowledge, Version 5.3


Journal Title Changes in Web of Science

The journal title list is posted on the Scientific business Web site of Thomson Reuters. It includes new journal titles added to Web of Science over the past 12 months. The list also includes title changes, title updates, reactivations, and dropped titles. The list is automatically updated each month and represents a rolling 12-month list of journal title changes.



If you have questions about this product, contact Support. Technical support representatives can answer questions about the data, as well as questions about appropriate search and retrieval techniques. Questions about network connections and/or the use of your Web browser should be directed to your network administrator.


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