About Derwent Innovations Index

Derwent Innovations Index is today‘s leading patent research tool, helping researchers from around the world to quickly find, analyze, and share information from the world's largest patent database. 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 patent information in all research fields.

The current version of Derwent Innovations Index uses a different search engine from the search engine that we use for other Web of Science product databases. However, the user interface, and most of the features available from within the Web of Science platform, are available in Derwent Innovations Index. When searching the DII database, continue to use the same search rules that you used in the previous version of the product. For more information about DII search rules, click the Help link in the upper right-hand corner of any product screen.


New Features and Announcements

Open Access

Open access status is provided across the Web of Science platform as a result of a partnership with Impactstory, a not-for-profit organization that recently launched a knowledgebase of Open Access (OA) content. This knowledgebase makes it possible to discover and link to legal Gold or Bronze (free content at a publisher's website) and Green (e.g., author self-archived in a repository) OA versions. This partnership improves discoverability and access to article-level OA versions not only by adding more links to OA content, but also by prioritizing the links to the best version of OA content when multiple versions of an article are available. Always consult the copyright owner for any re-use or licensing requests. You can learn more about OA on Web of Science at

The OA status of a document can be one of the following:.

OA Type




Articles published in journals listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). To be listed on the DOAJ, all articles in these journals must have a license in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative. Please consult DOAJ for their specific definitions.

Consult the copyright owner for any reuse or licensing requests.


Other Gold open access articles are those identified as having a Creative Commons (CC) license by Impactstory’s Unpaywall Database but are not in journals listed on the DOAJ.

Most of these articles are from hybrid journals. Hybrid open access journals are subscription journals that include some open access articles.

Keep in mind, identification of Other Gold as an indicator of Hybrid Gold open access articles is at varying levels of completeness, especially for newly published items.

Consult the copyright owner for any reuse or licensing requests.


The licensing for these articles is either unclear or identified by Impactstory’s Unpaywall Database as non-CC license articles. These are free-to-read or Public Access articles located on a publisher’s site.

A publisher may, as a promotion, grant free access to an article for a limited time. At the end of the promotional period, access to the article may require a fee which can lead to temporary errors in our data.

Keep in mind, you may find content that is incomplete, especially new content.

Consult the copyright owner for any reuse or licensing requests.



Final published versions of articles hosted on an institutional or subject-based repository (e.g. an article out of its embargo period posted to PubMed Central).

Consult the copyright owner for any reuse or licensing requests.


Accepted manuscripts hosted on a repository. Content is peer reviewed and final, but may not have been through the publisher’s copyediting or typesetting.

Consult the copyright owner for any reuse or licensing requests.

A key advantage of the partnership with Impactstory is the ability to prioritize the open access links so the user sees the version of record at the publisher’s site first, followed by the final version at a repository, and then the accepted manuscript at the repository last. Only one open access link is provided.

Users may refine search results to identify these open access articles to ensure they can read the articles regardless of their library’s holdings.

The following OA values are available as part of the export of the full record

  • DOAJ Gold:
  • Other Gold:
  • Bronze:
  • Green Published
  • Green Accepted

Refining Results for Open Access

The Web of Science Refine Results panel offers two methods to filter a set of search results to show only Open Access content.

  1. Using the Open Access filter in the primary Filter Results by panel near the top-left of the Search Results Summary page limits search results to all items identified as Open Access of any type.
  2. The Refine Results panel on the left allows users to refine by open access type:
    • DOAJ Gold
    • Other Gold
    • Bronze
    • Green Published
    • Green Accepted

Analyze Results Redesign

A new intuitive visual analysis experience that makes it easy to grasp trends in large data sets at a single glance has been introduced. Users may interact with the visualization to provide more or less detail about the dataset or change the style of the visualization. To learn more about the data, users may click thru the visualization to see the specific records. Once complete, users may export the visualization to illustrate impact in a grant or tenure application.

Find Research Data

Research data is now discoverable within the Web of Science! Researchers may search for articles related to their topic within Web of Science Core Collection and then filter the results to find data available for re-use to reproduce to build on published results. Simply click on the Associated Data from the refine panel. Note: Only available for subscribers who have access to Data Citation Index.


The Web of Science Platform

Citation Indexes

  • Web of Science Core Collection
  • Arabic Citation Index
  • BIOSIS Citation Index
  • Chinese Science Citation DatabaseSM
  • Data Citation Index
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index

Product Databases

  • Biological Abstracts 
  • BIOSIS Previews
  • Current Contents Connect
  • CABI: CAB Abstracts and Global Health®
  • FSTA® - the food science resource help
  • Inspec®
  • KJD-Korean Journal Database
  • Zoological Records

Derwent Innovations Index

You can view records in the Derwent Innovations Index from within the new platform and user interface but this particular product runs on its own search engine.


System Requirements

The following operating systems and browser versions were fully tested in the latest version of the Web of Science platform.

Windows® Operating Systems and Browsers

  • Windows 7 (Recommended)
  • Windows 10
  • Internet Explorer 11 (Fully Supported)
  • Firefox 54 (Fully Supported)
  • Chrome 59 (Fully Supported)

Macintosh® Operating Systems and Browsers

  • Mac 10.9 (Recommended)
  • Safari 11.1.1
  • Safari 10.X (Recommended)
  • Firefox 54 (Fully Supported)

Windows 7 is the only supported operating system compatible with Internet Explorer 11. We do not support beta versions of any internet browser.


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 Science to work properly.


Java Plug-in Requirements (Compound Search Function)

To create compound structure queries in Derwent Innovations Index, you must be able to use the Accelrys JDraw applet. If you cannot see the applet when you access the Compound Search page, then you must download Java to your machine. See Downloading the Java Plug-in for more information about this requirement.


System-Related Issues

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


Adding Records to Your EndNote Account

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

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


Clarivate and its product names and acronyms used herein are trademarks, registered trademarks, and service marks used under license. Clarivate has no proprietary interest in the marks or names of others.

  • Microsoft® is a registered trademark of the Microsoft Corporation.
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These and other product names mentioned herein are registered trademarks of their respective owners.

The Web of Science platform identifies Open Access status at the journal level from a number of sources including metadata provided directly by publishers and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Metadata from DOAJ is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license.


Global Customer Support

If you have questions about our products, contact our Global Customer Support Center. 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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