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Thomson Reuters Partners with Leading North American Universities to Evaluate and Promote Research Output

Web of Science data helps qualify the efficiency and impact of university research.

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Web of Science data helps qualify the efficiency and impact of university research

Philadelphia, PA, August 30, 2012 – The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced it joined forces with several North American universities to demonstrate the efficiency and impact of their research. The reliable and trusted indicators from Thomson Reuters InCitesTM, a customized, web-based research evaluation tool, will allow them to measure their research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark their performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels.

The strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and Harvard University, Emory University and members of Canada's leading research institutions (known collectively as the "U15") will support these institutions’ plans to develop new research strategies, retain talent, pinpoint emerging trends and identify new opportunities for collaboration through InCites indicators. The U15 includes Dalhousie University, Université Laval, McGill University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and University of Western Ontario.

Built on data from Thomson Reuters Web of Science, the customized data sets in InCites provide analytics on authors, journals and fields, as well as connect to the universities’ proprietary research management and profiling systems for full workflow integration.

“The partnership with Thomson Reuters enables the U15 to greatly improve our ability to assess and compare our research performance amongst the world’s top universities,” said Martin Kirk, Ph.D., director of the office of research services at the University of British Columbia.

InCites is a customized, web-based evaluation tool that enables universities to analyze their research productivity and compare their output with that of their peers. The solution provides normalized metrics for repeatable analysis of outcomes, cross-regional impacts, discipline comparisons and standardized, accurate reviews for promotion and tenure processes. InCites can also serve as a support solution in ongoing quality assurance activities.

“North American universities are increasingly recognizing the growing need to assess their performance by demonstrating and promoting the impact of their research,” said Keith MacGregor, executive vice president of Thomson Reuters. “InCites assists universities with these challenges by providing tools and data that allow them to benchmark achievements and support strategic decisions by identifying key successes within their organization.”

InCites is one of a number of solutions in the Research Analytics suite of solutions provided by Thomson Reuters, offering comparative benchmarks to support research management and evaluation. Research Analytics solutions also include enterprise-wide profiling capabilities, consulting services, custom studies, reports, and management systems that enable the world’s leading research institutions, governments, publishers and universities to connect research with impact.

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