Partnership between Clarivate Analytics and Impactstory

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Two days ago Clarivate Analytics announced a partnership with Impactstory to make Open access content easier for researchers to use. Clarivate operates the citation database Web of Science and plans to support the development of Impactstory’s oaDOI-service.

This service identifies 90 million Open Access articles, particularly important is its integration into offers a browser-plugin helping researchers to find Green Open Access version of paywalled articles.

The press release mentioned above cites Jay Nadler, CEO of Clarivate Analytics, as follows: „Clarivate Analytics is working to enhance research content and discovery with trusted, validated open access links, where they exist, to external, free full text open access versions of the literature (…). This partnership reflects our goal to be an innovative and collaborative brand, dedicated to the sharing of important research within the research community the legal, compliant way.“

The promotion for the oaDOI service is certainly not totally unselfish, as it gives Clarivate the chance to enrich their own data, eg. the Web of Science.

Clarivate Analytics acquires publons

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Elsevier’s shopping spree (including the newest acquisition PLUM Analytics) is countered by Clarivate Analytics‘ purchase of publons.

Both companies are already competing because they keep the two most important citation and impact databases in their portfolios with Scopus (owned by Elsevier) and the Web of Science (previously owned by Thomson Scientific but since 2017 by Clarivate Analytics). The only competitor in this field is Google Scholar. For all those who do not know publons, there is some information in Telepolis [in German language]. In short: Publons wants to reward reviewers, if only symbolically, by receiving diligence points (or credits) for reviews. Per se this is not a bad idea, because reviewing submissions to scientific journals is mostly neither symbolically nor financially rewarded.

Among other features publons also has an interface to the Altmetrics service Impactstory (incidentally, a competitor to PLUM Analytics), so the credits a scientist gained for reviews via publons are displayed in his impactstory profile.


Web Of Science wird ab 2017 von Clarivate Analytics vertrieben

Bereits im Sommer wurde bekannt, dass Thomson Reuters sich von seinem Angebot Web Of Science (WoS) trennt. Die Zitationsdatenbank sowie einige andere Produkte der Intellectual-Property-Sparte des Konzerns gehen in den Besitz der ONEX Group über, einer Private Equity Gesellschaft, zu deren Portfolio z.B. auch Angebote aus dem Gesundheits- und Food-Bereich und Versicherungen gehören.  Laut Pressemitteilung Thomson Scientifics wurde der Verkauf im Oktober besiegelt, das WoS wird ab 2017 von der ONEX-Firma Clarivate Analytics aufgelegt. Für den Verkauf wurden 3,55 Milliarden US-Dollar fällig.