Thursday, 11 December 2008

Conference proceedings and their impact on global research

Thomson Reuters have just published a White Paper on Conference proceedings and their impact on global research, promoting the integration of their Conference Proceedings Citation Index [CPCI] product into Web of Science [WOS]. CPCI has two editions Science and Social Science and Humanities. Bournemouth University only subscribes to the Science edition. The paper points out that it is now possible to analyse citations for conference papers to identify significant papers, and measure the impact of whole conferences. Citation analysis has particular value in fast moving areas of research, computer science, engineering and the physical sciences, where conference proceedings are a key part of the dissemination of new ideas. There are some interesting statistics and specific product information about CPCI.

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