Clarivate to re-establish Institute for Scientific Information

Clarivate to re-establish Institute for Scientific Information

Clarivate Analytics is to re-establish the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), in a new incarnation which Annette Thomas, c.e.o. of Clarivate's Scientific and Academic Research Group, promises will be "the brains behind our most complex thinking to solve the problems of our community."

Samantha Burridge, director of strategy and transformation at the Group, will lead the project, joined by Jonathan Adams, moving from Holtzbrinck's Digital Science, who becomes an ISI director.

The ISI was established in 1960 and produced the first citation index for the sciences (the Science Citation Index) in 1964, followed by the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, and Journal Citation Reports - all of which were gathered together in 1997 as the online Web of Science. The ISI brand was gradually phased out after Thomson Corporation acquired ISI Inc in 1992.

The re-established ISI is intended to focus on the development of existing and new bibliometric and analytical approaches and foster collaborations with partners and customers across the academic community.  

Thomas (pictured) said: "For 50 years the Institute for Scientific Information was the key source of research and product development in the world of scientometrics. It was the founding company of all that is Clarivate Analytics and the heart of what is now the Scientific and Academic Research Group.

"The newly energised ISI will be a place where we house our expertise, experience and deep thinking that drives our editorial rigour, our policy and partnerships, rankings and analytics. From the institute we will work with and for the research community - researchers, publishers, governments, industry bodies, libraries and funders will all be welcome. The institute will be both the heart and soul of our group and the brains behind our most complex thinking to solve the problems of our community."

As part of Clarivate Analytics, ISI will benefit from access to data from the Web of Science and plans to draw on the group's IP database, the Derwent World Patent Index (DWPI).

Another new appointment to Clarivate Analytics is Nandita Quaderi, previously publishing director of Open Research at Springer Nature, who joins as editor-in-chief of the Scientific and Academic Research Group.