Trial access: Emerging Sources Citation Index

The recently launched Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) is an additional index to the Web of Science Core Collection (which includes in our subscription the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index and others listed on the “Learn more” page on the WoS platform).  It joined the WoS family of indexes in 2015.

ESCI goes beyond WoS collections in that it indexes journals from emerging fields of research and of more regional significance.   As of December 2017, ESCI indexes a further 7,300 journals, 1,733 of which are Open Access (or include OA) and 75% with 5 years or more backfile.   The subject spread is 52% Social science, 12% Arts & Humanities, and 36% Sciences, so the majority of publications are focused on the social sciences and arts and humanities.   Journals covered emanate from countries across the globe, including emerging titles in the Far East and South America, and MIMAS estimates 80% comprise research output from outside North America.

Launched by Clarivate Analytics who now publish WoS, the ESCI is intended to answer to the “rapidly changing research fields and the rise of interdisciplinary scholarship … providing greater discoverability which leads to measurable citations and more transparency in the selection process”.  It is part of Clarivate’s programme with ESCI to keep the journals in it separate from the main indexes forming WoS, but the company notes publications “can continue to be considered for inclusion in products such as SCIE, SSCI, and AHCI, which have rigorous evaluation processes and selection criteria”.

Indexing from 2015 to the present of journals in the ESCI is available in our current subscription (detail of this should be added to our subscriptions details page shortly).

Trial access is now available up to 31 October 2018. This trial provides access to the archive which covers the years 2005 to 2014, including indexing of the ESCI journals for those years.   This indexing is on offer from Clarivate as a backfile purchase, so we are keen to have your feedback on the value of this data.  Please send your feedback to  Thank you.

Access is enabled on the Web of Science platform at this link or via the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z.  (Note that the WoS link does not now require a Raven authentication on campus.)  To search the ESCI only please click on “More settings” on the Web of Science “Basic Search” page and adjust the tick boxes for the respective collections accordingly.

A fact sheet about ESCI is available here.

SciELO Citation Index – new in Web of Science

The SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) Citation Index is a program of the Sao Paulo Research Foundation for the cooperative publishing of open access journals on the internet.  It covers research in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and South Africa. Its database is now available on the new Web of Science platform.

The SciELO Citation Index includes:

– Nearly 650 titles from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and South Africa.

– Over 4 million cited references.

– Open access with links to full text through the SciELO site.

– Weekly updates from the SciELO Brazil data feed.

– Simplified discovery process for local information in a regional database.

– An easy search experience with local language interface.

Additional information regarding the SciELO Citation Index can be found at:

You may also be interested in the LILACS database, the “most important and comprehensive index of scientific and technical literature of Latin America and the Caribbean”

Web of Science new interface live today PLUS training date

The Web of Science has a new interface from January 12 2014.

The new platform is the result of a user-centric redesign to provide a simplified, intuitive search with clearer results and linked data through a single interface. It will now be easier to start searching, review results and discover related research with linked data.  The page layout is improved, with clear identification of the database searched; navigation is simplified, search fields can be expanded with one click and linking to full text is made easier too.

There will be a training session introducing the new Web of Science platform (click on “Forthcoming courses”) and Web of Science features and new content on Web of Science, including the Data Citation Index on

7 February 2014 at 11:00 am to 13:00 pm

Milstein Room, University Library

The session will cover:

-Google Scholar collaboration
-New Web of Science interface
-Name change of platform to ‘Web of Science’
-Access to free regional content- SciELO Citation Index
-Citation network
-Author identification tools (RID & ORCID)
-Improvements to integration of JCR and ESI metrics in WOS

And any further questions or issues you want to raise with the trainer, Rachel Mangan, Customer Education, Thomson Reuters.

Sign up to attend the training via the Librarians-in-Training webpage here.

Google Scholar links to Web of Science

Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar are announcing a major new partnership between their services

Web Of Science takes the cake

On the Scholar search results page, you will now see a new Web of Science link directly in the results, under the article preview, as part of Scholar’s familiar navigation bar.

On Web of Science, you can now move directly from a Web of Science record to a Scholar search on the same item.

“Thomson Reuters’ reports it saw a 2-3 times spike in its traffic at the pilot sites, perhaps not surprising given Scholar’s role as the starting point for many researchers.” Read more about this development here.

Scopus online demonstration

Thank you to everyone who attended the excellent session on Scopus on 18 October.  For those who wanted to come but couldn’t make it, there is an online demonstration of Scopus that you can sign up to attend.  The details are here:

Scopus online demonstration

Wednesday 20 November 2013.  10:30-11:30

Go to: this link.

Register for the meeting.

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

A pre-recorded session is also available via this link.

Scopus event 18 October 2013

There will be a training session on Scopus on 18th October 2013 from 11:00 am to 13:00 pm in the Milstein Seminar Room at the University Library. No booking is required.

Scopus is the world’s “largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature” ( with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research. Easy to use and comprehensive, Scopus is designed to find quickly the information researchers need.

The session will cover the following aspects:

Scopus content
How to register
Citation overview
Analyze results
Journal analyzer
Affiliation searching
Author searching
Author profiles
How to adjust your author profile

Including a 15-20 min session explaining the Scopus bibliometrics SNIP, SJR & how they differ from the Impact Factor.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Book Citation Index

Cambridge users now have access to the new Book Citation Index from 2008 via the Web of Knowledge platform.

As an author, unless your book publications happened to be covered by one of the book series indexed for citations in Web of Science, you had to rely on your book publication being cited in a journal covered by the Web of Science for it to be included in the citation index. Citations to an author’s work in books, however renowned the publisher or University press, were exempt.

As everyone knows, books are much more important in the humanities and social sciences than in most natural sciences. With the vast amount of information available today, researchers rely on citation indices to identify the best resources for their research. Bringing together scholarly book, journal and conference proceedings literature within Web of Knowledge, optimizes the powerful features of citation navigation.

Researchers will have access to the citation network between books and the wider world of scholarly and scientific research, allowing them to measure the contribution of books in specific disciplines and identify potential collaborators.

The selection criteria for inclusion in the Book Citation Index is here.

The Book Citation Index includes:

Comprehensive cited reference search
Reciprocal links to/from book records and book chapters
Accurate citation counts from journals, conference proceedings, and other books
Times Cited counts for books and book chapters
Full bibliographies from books and book chapters
Links from book and book chapter records to full text
Capture of all fundamental bibliographic information as well as author cited references.

Access the Book Citation Index from this link. (Click on “Select a Database” tab.)